Taking Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets - Adults and Children (6 years and over)1†
Take Methylphenidate Hydrochloride (HCl) Chewable Tablets exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.
Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets are usually taken 2 to 3 times a day.
Chew Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets well and swallow with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other liquid. Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets can swell and cause choking if enough liquid is not taken with them.1 Get emergency medical care if chest pain, vomiting, trouble swallowing or breathing occurs after taking a Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablet.
Take Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets 30 to 45 minutes before a meal.
From time to time, your doctor may stop treatment with Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets for a while to check ADHD symptoms.
Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets. Treatment with Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.
If you or your child takes too many Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away or get emergency treatment.
† This information is not comprehensive. See the Important Safety Information at the bottom of this page.
Patients Who Should Not Take Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets1
Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets should not be taken if you or your child:
are very anxious, tense or agitated
have an eye problem called glaucoma
have tics or Tourette's syndrome or a family history of Tourette's syndrome. Tics are hard-to-control repeated movements or sounds.
are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an antidepression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI
are allergic to anything in Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets.
Methylphenidate HCl Chewable Tablets should not be used in children less than 6 years old because it has not been studied in this age group.
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets [package insert]. Somerset, NJ: GAVIS Pharmaceuticals, LLC.; 2015
Important Safety Information
Who should not take Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets?
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets should not be taken if you or your child:
- are very anxious, tense, or agitated
- have an eye problem called glaucoma
- have tics or Tourette's syndrome, or a family history of Tourette's syndrome. Tics are hard to control repeated movements or sounds.
- are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an antidepression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitory or MAOI.
- are allergic to anything in Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets should not be used in children less than 6 years old.
What is the most important information I should know about Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets?
The following have been reported with use of methylphenidate HCl and other stimulant medicines:
1. Heart-related problems
- sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
- stroke and heart attack in adults
- 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 Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets, and should check you or your child's blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment. 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 Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets.
2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems
In All Patients:
- new or worse behavior and thought problems
- new or worse bipolar illness
- new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility In Children and Teenagers:
- new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true or 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 Methylphenidate Chewable Tablets, especially psychotic symptoms.
3. Circulation problems in fingers and toes
- Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful, and/or may change color from pale, to blue, to red.
- Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change, or sensitivity to temperature in your fingers or toes.
- Call your doctor right away if you have or your child has any signs of unexplained wounds appearing on fingers or toes while taking Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets
What are the side effects of Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets?
Serious side effects include:
- slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
- seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures
- eyesight changes or blurred vision
- painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.
Common side effects include:
- trouble sleeping
- stomach ache
- fast heartbeat
- decreased appetite
- weight loss
What Are Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets?
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets are a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. They are used for the treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults and children over six years of age. They are also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable Tablets should be used as part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.
Please note this information is not complete and does not take the place of talking to your or your child's doctor. For additional safety information please see the Medication Guide and the full Prescribing Information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088, or contact Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-399-2561.