What is the usual adult dose of Ritalin?
Question posted by tammyeiy on 10 Aug 2010
Last updated on 13 November 2022 (11 weeks ago) by WildcatVet
It depends on what condition you're being treated for and your response to the medication up to a maximum of 60mg/day. Some people may only need a low dose to control their symptoms but others may require higher doses.
Everybody responds differently so there really is no usual dose.
The dose of Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) the doctor prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
* Your age
* Other narcolepsy or ADHD medications you may have tried
* Other medical conditions you may have
* Other medications you may be taking.
Dose of Ritalin for ADHD and Narcolepsy
For children age six and over, Ritalin should be started at 5 mg twice daily (before breakfast and lunch). If necessary, your child's health care provider may slowly increase the dose up to Ritalin 60 mg per day.
For adults with narcolepsy, the total dosage of Ritalin per day is usually 20 mg to 30 mg (divided into two or three doses). Some people may need less Ritalin, while others may need as much as 60 mg per day.
Hope the info helps? Please be well & safe, do not self medicate.
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