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Methylin Oral Solution Dosage

Generic name: METHYLPHENIDATE HYDROCHLORIDE 5mg in 5mL
Dosage form: oral solution
Drug class: CNS stimulants

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 23, 2021.

2.1 Pretreatment Screening

Prior to initiating treatment with Methylin, assess for the presence of cardiac disease (i.e., perform a careful history including family history of sudden death or ventricular arrhythmia, and physical examination) [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 Methylin use [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Drug Abuse and Dependence (9)].

2.2 General Dosing Information

Pediatric Patients 6 years of Age and Older
The recommended starting dosage is 5 mg orally twice daily before breakfast and lunch (preferably 30 to 45 minutes before meals). Increase the dosage gradually, in increments of 5 mg to 10 mg weekly. Daily dosage above 60 mg is not recommended.

Adults
Administer orally in divided doses 2 or 3 times daily, preferably 30 to 45 minutes before meals. The maximum recommended daily dose is 60 mg. The average dosage is 20 to 30 mg daily. For adult patients who are unable to sleep if medication is taken late in the day, administer the last dose before 6 p.m.

Pharmacological treatment of ADHD may be needed for extended periods. Periodically re-evaluate the long-term use of Methylin, and adjust the dosage as needed.

2.3 Dosage Reduction and Discontinuation

If paradoxical aggravation of symptoms or other adverse reactions occur, reduce dosage, or, if necessary, discontinue Methylin. Methylin should be periodically discontinued to assess the pediatric patient’s condition. If improvement is not observed after appropriate dosage adjustment over a one-month period, discontinue Methylin.

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