Methylphenidate:By Any Other Name is Ritalin
Just over two dozen years ago, no one had ever heard of ADD, ADHD or Ritalin. However, nowadays Ritalin or Methylphenidate is being prescribed regularly for children with hyperactivity and attention deficit issues. Before the advent of Methylphenidate as a treatment, many of these children were considered "wild" or "out of control." Their learning abilities were questioned because of this behavior and the resulting poor school performance. Many kids internalized messages given by their teachers, peers, parents and society. Methylphenidate has revolutionized the lives of children with this problem, and many are able to function normally while taking Methylphenidate. Some take Methylphenidate only for the short-term, while others take the drug for a longer amount of time.
Ironically, Methylphenidate is actually a stimulant. One may think that a sedative would be needed to treat hyperactivity. The hyperactivity or attention deficit is caused by a lack of stimulation in certain parts of the nervous system. The Methylphenidate is actually an amphetamine that stimulates the nervous system and allows the person to concentrate more fully. As a result, the proper centers are allowed to work and allow the ADD or ADHD patient to more fully focus on the matter at hand.
Since Methylphenidate is an amphetamine, it is important to be careful about caffeine intake, and to guard against taking the medication too close to bedtime, since it may cause insomnia. A doctor should be advised if there are heart problems or glaucoma. The drug should not be taken with MAO inhibitors, since the combination is extremely dangerous. Methylphenidate should also be avoided by those who have Tourettes Syndrome or have a high risk of developing the disease.
Most people can take Methylphenidate without incident, and feel that it can really affect their lives and change it for the good. The drug can empower many patients with ADHD and allow them to live normal, productive lives.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.