Methylin (Methylphenidate Tablets)

Name: Methylin (Methylphenidate Tablets)

Uses of Methylin

  • It is used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity.
  • It is used to treat narcolepsy.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Methylin?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Methylin. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Heart attacks, strokes, and sudden deaths have happened in adults taking Methylin. Sudden deaths have also happened in children with very bad heart problems or heart defects. Call your doctor right away if you have a change in strength on 1 side that is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on 1 side of the face, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • You may have some heart tests before starting this medicine. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
  • Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Methylin.
  • A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen if you take this medicine with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Methylin (methylphenidate tablets) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Methylin) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take 30 to 45 minutes before meals.
  • If taking Methylin more than 1 time a day, take the last dose of the day at least 6 hours before bedtime.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • If you have been taking this medicine for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if Methylin stops working well. Do not take more than ordered.
  • Do not switch between different forms of this medicine without first talking with the doctor.
  • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with Methylin may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
  • If you are taking this medicine and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it. Do not take Methylin after 6 PM.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Joint pain.
  • Purple patches on the skin or mouth.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Seizures.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Shakiness.
  • Trouble controlling body movements.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Change in color of hands or feet from pale to blue or red.
  • Numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet.
  • Any sores or wounds on the fingers or toes.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Muscle pain or weakness.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have a painful erection (hard penis) or an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours. This may happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it may lead to lasting sex problems and you may not be able to have sex.
  • New or worse behavior and mood changes like change in thinking, anger, and hallucinations have happened with this medicine. Tell your doctor if you or a family member have any mental or mood problems like low mood (depression) or bipolar illness, or if a family member has killed themselves. Call your doctor right away if you have hallucinations; change in the way you act; or signs of mood changes like low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
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