Ritalin® 10 mg tablets
The name of your medicine is Ritalin, it contains the active
substance ‘methylphenidate hydrochloride’. The name
‘methylphenidate’ will also be used in this leaflet.
Important things you need to know about
This medicine is used to treat ADHD
• The full name for ADHD is ‘Attention Deficit
• The medicine helps with your brain activity. It can
help improve your attention, help you concentrate,
and make you less impulsive.
• You need to have other treatments for ADHD as well
as this medicine.
Read Section 1 for more information.
Before you take this medicine, talk to your
• You have heart, circulation, or mental health
problems – you may not be able to take this
• You are taking any other medicines – this is
because methylphenidate can affect how other
Read Section 2 for more information.
While taking this medicine:
• See your doctor regularly. This is because your
doctor will want to check how the medicine is
• Do not stop taking the medicine without first talking
to your doctor.
• Your doctor may stop your medicine to see if it is
still needed, if you take it for more than a year.
• The most common side effects are feeling nervous,
not being able to sleep or having a headache.
Read Sections 3 and 4 for more information.
Talk to your doctor straight away if any of the
• Your mood and how you feel changes.
• You feel any problems with your heart.
Read Section 4 for more information.
The rest of this leaflet includes more detail and
other important information on the safe and
effective use of this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects worry you, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
The leaflet has been written in sections:
– Sections 1 to 6 are for parents and carers
(sometimes called ‘your guardians’).
– The last section is a special section for a child or
young person to read.
However, all sections are written as though the child or
young person taking the medicine is reading them.