Quillivant XR Dosage

Generic name: methylphenidate hydrochloride
Dosage form: oral powder, for suspension

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General Dosing Information

QUILLIVANT XR should be orally administered once daily in the morning with or without food. The dose should be individualized according to the needs and responses of the patient. Before administering the dose, vigorously shake the bottle of QUILLIVANT XR for at least 10 seconds, to ensure that the proper dose is administered.

The recommended starting dose of QUILLIVANT XR for patients 6 years and above is 20 mg once daily in the morning. The dose may be titrated weekly in increments of 10 mg to 20 mg. Daily doses above 60 mg have not been studied and are not recommended.

Maintenance/Extended Treatment

There is no body of evidence available from controlled trials to indicate how long the patient with ADHD should be treated with QUILLIVANT XR. It is generally agreed, however, that pharmacological treatment of ADHD may be needed for extended periods. The effectiveness of QUILLIVANT XR for longer-term use has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials. The physician who elects to use QUILLIVANT XR for extended periods in patients with ADHD should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient with trials off medication to assess the patient's functioning without pharmacotherapy. Improvement may be sustained when the drug is either temporarily or permanently discontinued.

Dose Reduction and Discontinuation

If paradoxical aggravation of symptoms or other adverse effects occur, reduce dosage, or, if necessary, discontinue the drug. QUILLIVANT XR should be periodically discontinued to assess the child's condition. If improvement is not observed after appropriate dosage adjustment over a one-month period, the drug should be discontinued.

Important Information Prior to Initiating Treatment

Prior to treating children, adolescents, and adults with CNS stimulants including QUILLIVANT XR, assess for the presence of cardiac disease (i.e., perform a careful history, family history of sudden death or ventricular arrhythmia, and physical exam) [see Warnings and Precautions 5.2].

Assess the risk of abuse prior to prescribing, and monitor for signs of abuse and dependence while on therapy. Maintain careful prescription records, educate patients about abuse, monitor for signs of abuse and overdose, and periodically re-evaluate the need for QUILLIVANT XR use [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1), and Drug Abuse and Dependence (9)].

Reconstitution Instructions for the Pharmacist

QUILLIVANT XR is supplied as a powder for oral suspension which must be reconstituted with water prior to dispensing. Preparation instructions: Tap bottle until powder flows freely. Remove bottle cap, and add specified amount of water to the bottle (see Table 1 below). Insert bottle adapter into neck of bottle. Replace bottle cap. Shake with vigorous back and forth motion for at least 10 seconds to prepare suspension.

Table 1. Product Reconstitution Instructions
Amount of drug
in bottle
Amount of water
to add to bottle
Final reconstituted volume (yield)
300 mg 53 mL 60 mL
600 mg 105 mL 120 mL
750 mg 131 mL 150 mL
900 mg 158 mL 180 mL

Store reconstituted QUILLIVANT XR at 25ºC (77ºF); excursions permitted from 15º to 30ºC (59º to 86ºF). Dispense in original container. QUILLIVANT XR is stable for up to 4 months after reconstitution.

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