Methylphenidate is a prescription medication that is mostly commonly prescribed to patients that are undergoing treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is also known as ADHD. It is usually children that are affected by ADHD and are prescribed Methylphenidate. It is believed that approximately three to seven percent of all school-aged children have ADHD and need medication to help control their symptoms.
Children and adults alike can suffer from ADHD. Those who have ADHD often show characteristics such as a high level of activity, inability to focus on daily chores and tasks, and an inability to control his or her impulses. Usually, ADHD shows up in children by the time he or she is about five years of age. ADHD can seriously affect children in school. Many of these children are labeled as being “bad” simply because they are affected by ADHD.
While some patients have less severe cases that can be treated with diets and lifestyle changes, other patients need more help. Prescription medications such as Methylphenidate are often used. When doctors prescribe Methylphenidate, it is usually used as a central nervous system stimulant. This means that when the central nervous system is stimulated, it helps patients by giving them a calm feeling, or a feeling of being more focused on activities. Children and adults who are given prescription Methylphenidate are better able to handle day-to-day activities.
Methylphenidate medications are extremely helpful for ADHD patients. After taking medications, most patients taking this medication report that behavior improves as well as social skills and his or her self-esteem. It is important to note that because of the affect Methylphenidate medication has on the central nervous system, there have been findings that these drugs are used illegally in order to increase wakefulness, stimulate feelings of attentiveness and as appetite suppression. As with any drug, use of Methylphenidate should be closely monitored.
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