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08 Aug 2007

Types of ritalin
What is the differencer between Ritalin, Ritalin long acting, Ritalin slow release and Concerta.
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01 Jan 0001

Ritalin is a trade name for the drug methylphenidate. Ritalin Long-acting and Slow RFelease AND Concerta are all various peparations of the same drug, prepared in slightly different ways, to try to enable the dose to last longer. Concerta seems, from the evidence I've seen, to most reliably last a full 12 hours.
But Concerta can't be opened, crusged, etc, like the others, so may not be useful in young kids who can't swallow the pills. Because it lasts 12 hours, if you forget the morning dose, it's best to skip it for that day, as if you give it later in the day, the kid is likely to be awake too long that night
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