Ritalin - Methylphenidate General Information
Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a central nervous system stimulant ADHD medication primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults up to age 65.
Ritalin may improve focus, and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior, two hallmark ADHD symptoms. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Methylphenidate belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills. It has not been studied in children under the age of 6.
Ritalin can also be used to treat sleep disorder (narcolepsy).