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Methylphenidate Photo by: photocreo Definition Methylphenidate is a mild, central nervous system stimulant. In the United States, the drug is sold under the brand name Ritalin. Purpose Methylphenidate is used primarily in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. It also may be used to treat the sleep disorder, narcolepsy . In rare cases, it is used to decrease sedation and lethargy from opioid pain medications and to help improve the mood of a terminally ill person suffering from depression.
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Methylphenidate Description The mode of action for methylphenidate is not fully understood. It presumably activates the brain stem arousal system and cortex to produce a stimulant effect. The brain stem arousal system increases levels of electrical activity in the brain. The effect of methylphenidate is to produce increased alertness and, although children with ADHD are overactive and have
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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