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Read the Medication Guide that comes with RITALIN LA® before you or your child starts taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to
your doctor about your or your childâEUR(TM)s treatment with RITALIN LA®.
What is the most important information I
should know about RITALIN LA®?

The following have been reported with use of
methylphenidate hydrochloride and other
stimulant medicines.

1. Heart-related problems:
âEUR¢ sudden death in patients who have heart
problems or heart defects
âEUR¢ stroke and heart attack in adults
âEUR¢ increased blood pressure and heart rate

Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart
problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a
family history of these problems.

Your doctor should check you or your child
carefully for heart problems before starting

Your doctor should check your or your childâEUR(TM)s
blood pressure and heart rate regularly during
treatment with RITALIN LA®.

Call your doctor right away if you or your child
has any signs of heart problems such as chest
pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while
taking RITALIN LA®.

2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
All Patients
âEUR¢ new or worse behavior and thought
âEUR¢ new or worse bipolar illness
âEUR¢ new or worse aggressive behavior or

Children and Teenagers
âEUR¢ new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing
voices, believing things that are not true, are
suspicious) or new manic symptoms

Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or
your child have, or about a family history of
suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.

Call your doctor right away if you or your child
have any new or worsening mental symptoms or
problems while taking RITALIN LA®, especially
seeing or hearing things that are not real,
believing things that are not real, or are

ervous system
imulant prescription medicine. It is used for the
ITALIN LA® should be used as a part of a total
ent program for ADHD that may include

RITALIN LA® is a central n
treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactiv
Disorder (ADHD). RITALIN LA® may help
increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and
hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

counseling or other therapies.

RITALIN LA® is a federally c
substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead
to dependence. Keep RITALIN LA® in a safe
place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or
giving away RITALIN LA® may harm others,
and is against the law.

ell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a T
family history of) ever abused or been dependent on
alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

Who should not take RITALIN LA®?
ITALIN LA® should not be taken if you or

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ITALIN LA® should not be used in children less
ITALIN LA® may not be right for you or your

high blood
ormal brain wave

ell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant,
an RITALIN LA® be taken with other
ell your doctor about all of the medicines that

our doctor will decide whether RITALIN LA® can
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child
i-depression medicines including MAOIs

that contain

Know the medicines that you or your child takes.
Do not start any new medicine while taking

How should RITALIN LA® be taken?
Take RITALIN LA exactly as prescribed.

Take RITALIN LA once a day in the

Swallow RITALIN LA® capsules whole with

From time to time, your doctor may stop
RITALIN LA® treatment for a while to check
ADHD symptoms.

your child:
âEUR¢ are very anxious, tense, or agitated
âEUR¢ have an eye problem called glaucoma
âEUR¢ have tics or TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome, or a
history of TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome. Tics are hard
to control repeated movements or sounds.
are taking or have taken within the past 14 day
an anti-depression medicine called a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
are allergic to anything in RITALIN LA®. See
the end of this Medication Guide for a
complete list of ingredients.
than 6 years old because it has not been studied in
this age group.

child. Before starting RITALIN LA® tell your
or your childâEUR(TM)s doctor about all health conditions
(or a family history of) including:

heart problems, heart defects, âEUR¢
mental problems including psychosis, mania,
bipolar illness, or depression
tics or TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome
âEUR¢ seizures or have had an abn
test (EEG)
planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.


you or your child take including prescription
and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and
herbal supplements. RITALIN LA® and some
medicines may interact with each other and cause
serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other
medicines will need to be adjusted while taking

be taken with other medicines.

âEUR¢ ant
âEUR¢ seizure medicines
âEUR¢ blood thinner medi
âEUR¢ blood pressure medicines
âEUR¢ stomach acid medicines
âEUR¢ cold or allergy medicines
Keep a list of your medicines with you to show
your doctor and pharmacist.

RITALIN LA® without talking to your docto

Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right
for you or your child.
morning. RITALIN LA® is an extended
capsule. It releases medicine into your body
throughout the day.
water or other liquids. If you cannot swallow
the capsule, open it and sprinkle the medicine
over a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the
applesauce and medicine mixture without
chewing. Follow with a drink of water or o
liquid. Never chew or crush the capsule or
the medicine inside the capsule.
od pressure while taking
RITALIN LA. Children should have their

A or overdoses, call your
doctor or poison control center right away,

What are possible side effects of RITALIN

hat is the most important information I
ould know about RITALIN LA®âEUR for
formation on reported heart and mental problems.
slowing of growth (height and weight) in
a history of
headache âEUR¢ decreased appetite

Your doctor may do regular checks of the
blood, heart, and blo
height and weight checked often while taking
RITALIN LA®. RITALIN LA® treatment may
be stopped if a problem is found during these
If you or your child takes too much
or get emergency treatment.
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Other serious side effects include:
âEUR¢ seizures, mainly in patients with
âEUR¢ eyesight changes or blurred vision

Common side effects include:
âEUR¢ stomach ache âEUR¢ trouble sleeping

Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side
ff cts that are bothersome or do not go away. e
This is not a complete list of possible side effects
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more
How should I store RITALIN LA®?

âEUR¢ Store RITALIN LA® in a safe place at room
temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).
âEUR¢ Keep RITALIN LA® and all medicines out
of the reach of children.

General information about RITALIN LA®
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes
other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do
not use RITALIN LA® for a condition for which it
was not prescribed. Do not give RITALIN LA® to
other people, even if they have the same condition.
It may harm them and it is against the law.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most
important information about RITALIN LA®. If you
would like more information, talk with your doctor.
You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for
information about RITALIN LA® that was written
for healthcare professionals. For more information
about RITALIN LA® call 1-888-669-6682.

What are the ingredients in RITALIN LA®?

Active Ingredient: methylphenidate HCL
Inactive Ingredients: ammonio methacrylate
copolymer, black iron oxide (10 and 40 mg capsules
only), gelatin, methacrylic acid copolymer,
polyethylene glycol, red iron oxide (10 and 40 mg
capsules only), sugar spheres, talc, titanium dioxide,
triethyl citrate, and yellow iron oxide (10, 30, and
40 mg capsules).