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In the US, Methylphenidate (methylphenidate systemic) is a member of the drug class CNS stimulants and is used to treat ADHD, Depression, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Obesity, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Severe Mood Dysregulation and Sleep Paralysis.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Central stimulant

Sympathomimetic agent, indirect acting

Treatment of ADHD

Chemical Name

2-Piperidineacetic acid, α-phenyl-, metyl ester

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Methylphenidate (OS: BAN, USAN)
  • Méthylphénidate (OS: DCF)
  • Metilfenidato (OS: DCIT)
  • C 4311 (IS)
  • Methylphenidate Hydrochloride (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Centedrin (IS)
  • Methylphénidate (chlorhydrate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Methylphenidate Hydrochloride (PH: BP 2016, USP 38)
  • Methylphenidate hydrochloride (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Methylphenidathydrochlorid (PH: Ph. Helv. 10)
  • Methylphenidathydrochlorid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Methylphenidati hydrochloridum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Helv. 10)

Brand Names

  • Aradix
    Drugtech, Chile
  • Aradix Retard
    Drugtech, Chile
  • Concerta
    Janssen, Lebanon; Janssen-Cilag, Peru; Janssen-Cilag International, Cyprus; Johnson & Johnson, Turkey
  • Medikinet
    Medice, Latvia; Medice Arzneimittel Pütter, Lithuania
  • Medikinet XL
    Medice Arzneimittel Pütter, Lithuania
  • Methylfenidaat Sandoz
    Sandoz, Belgium
  • Methylphenidate Retard Mylan
    Mylan, Belgium
  • Metilfenidato Farmoz
    Farmoz, Portugal
  • Metilfenidato Mylan
    Mylan, Portugal
  • Ritalin
    Novartis, Lebanon; Novartis, Tunisia; Novartis, Turkey; Novartis Biosciences, Peru
  • Ritalin LA
    Novartis Biosciences, Peru
  • Rubifen
    Bagó, Argentina
  • Apo-Methylphenidate
    Apotex, Canada; Apotex, Taiwan
  • Apo-Methylphenidate SR
    Apotex, Canada
  • Aptensio XR
    Rhodes, United States
  • Aradix
    Farmindustria, Peru
  • Biphentin
    Purdue Pharma, Canada
  • Concerta
    Janseen Pharmaceutica, Oman; Janssen, Australia; Janssen, Brazil; Janssen, Canada; Janssen, Chile; Janssen, Finland; Janssen, Hong Kong; Janssen, Ireland; Janssen, Iceland; Janssen, Malaysia; Janssen, Norway; Janssen, New Zealand; Janssen, Philippines; Janssen, Romania; Janssen, Singapore; Janssen, Thailand; Janssen, Taiwan; Janssen, Venezuela; Janssen, South Africa; Janssen Cilag, Argentina; Janssen Cilag, Netherlands; Janssen Cilag, Serbia; Janssen Pharma, United States; Janssen Pharmaceutical, Japan; Janssen-Cilag, Belgium; Janssen-Cilag, Switzerland; Janssen-Cilag, Colombia; Janssen-Cilag, Czech Republic; Janssen-Cilag, Germany; Janssen-Cilag, Denmark; Janssen-Cilag, Ecuador; Janssen-Cilag, Greece; Janssen-Cilag, Israel; Janssen-Cilag, Latvia; Janssen-Cilag, Malta; Janssen-Cilag, Poland; Janssen-Cilag, Portugal; Janssen-Cilag, Vietnam; Janssen-Cilag Pharma, Austria; Johnson & Johnson, Estonia; Johnson & Johnson, Croatia (Hrvatska); Johnson & Johnson, Indonesia; Johnson & Johnson, Slovakia; McNeil, United States; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Serbia; Xian Janssen, China
  • Concerta LP
    Janssen-Cilag, France
  • Concerta XL
    Janssen-Cilag, United Kingdom
  • Daytrana
    Noven Pharmaceuticals, United States
  • Difumenil
    Sandoz, Poland
  • Equasym
    Shire, Netherlands; Shire Italia, Italy; Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Ireland
  • Equasym Depot
    Shire, Denmark; Shire, Norway; Shire Sweden, Sweden
  • Equasym Retard
    Shire, Germany; Shire, Finland
  • Equasym XL
    Fisher Farma, Netherlands; Shire, Netherlands; Shire Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom
  • Equasym XR
    Opopharma, Switzerland; Shire, Belgium
  • Matoride XL
    1A Pharma, Malta; Sandoz, United Kingdom
  • Medicebran
    Juste, Spain; Medice, Portugal
  • Medikinet
    Ecupharma, Italy; EuroCept, Belgium; EuroCept, Netherlands; Evolan, Sweden; Fisher Farma, Netherlands; Flynn Pharma, United Kingdom; HB Pharma, Denmark; Juste, Spain; Medice, Estonia; Medice, Finland; Medice, Netherlands; Medice, Norway; Medice, Poland; Medice, Portugal; Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co. KG, Iceland; Medice Pharma, Germany; Salmon, Switzerland
  • Medikinet (pediatric)
    Medice Pharma, Austria
  • Medikinet CR
    EuroCept, Netherlands; Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co. KG, Iceland; Medice, Finland; Medice, Poland
  • Medikinet EM
    Medice, Romania
  • Medikinet LM
    HAC Pharma, France
  • Medikinet MR
    Medice Arzneimittel Puetter, Israel; Salmon, Switzerland
  • Medikinet retard
    EuroCept, Belgium; Medice Pharma, Germany; Medice Pharma, Austria
  • Medikinet XL
    Flynn Pharma, United Kingdom; Medice, Estonia
  • Metadate CD
    UCB, United States
  • Metadate ER
    UCB, United States
  • Methylfenidaat HCl Mylan
    Mylan, Netherlands
  • Methylfenidaat HCl ratiopharm
    ratiopharm, Netherlands
  • Methylfenidaat HCl Rubio
    Rubio, Netherlands
  • Methylfenidaat HCl Sandoz
    Sandoz, Netherlands
  • Methylfenidaathydrochloride PCH
    Pharmachemie, Netherlands
  • Methylin
    AstraZeneca, Argentina; Mallinckrodt, United States; Shionogi, United States
  • Methylin ER
    Alliant, United States
  • Methylpheni TAD
    TAD, Germany
  • Methylphenidat - 1 A Pharma
    1 A Pharma, Germany
  • Methylphenidat HEXAL
    Hexal, Germany
  • Methylphenidat Sandoz
    Sandoz, Switzerland
  • Methylphenidate HCl Actavis
    Actavis, United States
  • Methylphenidate HCL-Douglas
    Pharmaplan, South Africa
  • Methylphenidate Sandoz
    Sandoz, Denmark; Sandoz, Iceland; Sandoz, Sweden; Sandoz AS, Norway
  • Methylphenidathydrochlorid-neuraxpharm
    neuraxpharm, Germany
  • Metilfenidato Sandoz
    Sandoz, Portugal
  • Metrans XR
    Laboratorios Andromaco, Chile
  • Motiron
    Sandoz, Denmark
  • PMS-Methylphenidate
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • PMS-Methylphenidate ER
    Pharmascience, Canada
  • Prohiper 10
    Mersifarma, Indonesia
  • Quasym
    Shire Human Genetic Therapies AB, Portugal
  • Quasym LP
    Shire, France
  • Quillivant XR
    Pfizer U.S., United States
  • ratio-Methylphenidate
    ratiopharm, Canada
  • Rilatine
    Novartis, Belgium
  • Ritalin
    Novartis, Chile; Novartis, Czech Republic; Novartis, Denmark; Novartis, Finland; Novartis, Hong Kong; Novartis, Hungary; Novartis, Indonesia; Novartis, Ireland; Novartis, Israel; Novartis, Iceland; Novartis, Japan; Novartis, Latvia; Novartis, Malta; Novartis, Malaysia; Novartis, Netherlands; Novartis, Norway; Novartis, New Zealand; Novartis, Oman; Novartis, Sweden; Novartis, Taiwan; Novartis, United States; Novartis AH, South Africa; Novartis Farma, Italy; Novartis Healthcare, Philippines; Novartis Pharma, Switzerland; Novartis Pharma, Germany; Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Australia; Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Canada; Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK, United Kingdom
  • Ritalin (pediatric)
    Novartis Pharma, Austria
  • Ritalin 1%
    Novartis, Japan
  • Ritalin LA
    Novartis, Indonesia; Novartis, Malaysia; Novartis, New Zealand; Novartis Pharma, Austria; Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Australia; Alkermes Gainesville, Israel; Novartis, Hong Kong; Novartis, Hungary; Novartis, United States; Novartis Pharma, Switzerland; Novartis Pharma, Germany
  • Ritalin SR
    Novartis, Indonesia; Novartis, New Zealand; Novartis Pharma, Switzerland; Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Canada; Patheon, Israel
  • Ritalin Uno
    Novartis, Iceland
  • Ritalina
    Novartis, Argentina; Novartis, Brazil; Novartis, Colombia; Novartis, Ecuador; Novartis, Portugal
  • Ritalina LA
    Novartis, Colombia
  • Ritaline
    Novartis, France
  • Ritaline LP
    Novartis, France
  • Ritalin-SR
    Novartis, United States
  • Rubifen
    AFT, New Zealand; Lab Rubio, Malaysia; Lab Rubio, Singapore; Rubio, Spain; Rubio, Portugal
  • Rubifen SR
    AFT, New Zealand
  • Sandoz Methylphenidate SR
    Sandoz, Canada
  • Teva-Methylphenidate ER-C
    Teva Canada, Canada
  • Tradea
    Psicofarma, Mexico


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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