Indications for: RITALIN LA

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Adults and Children:

<6yrs: not established. Swallow whole or sprinkle contents onto applesauce (swallow immediately); do not crush, chew, or divide beads. ≥6yrs: initially 20mg once daily in the AM, may increase by 10mg weekly; max 60mg/day. Switching from other methylphenidate products: see full labeling.

RITALIN LA Contraindications:

During or within 14 days of MAOIs.

Boxed Warning:

Abuse and dependence.

RITALIN LA Warnings/Precautions:

High potential for abuse and dependence: monitor. Increased risk of sudden death, stroke, and MI; assess for presence of cardiac disease before initiating. Avoid in known structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and other cardiac problems. Pre-existing psychotic disorder. Bipolar disorder. Screen for risk factors of developing a manic episode prior to initiation. Consider discontinuing if new psychotic/manic symptoms occur. Peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's Phenomenon; monitor for digital changes. Monitor growth (esp. children), BP, HR. Reduce dose or discontinue if paradoxical aggravation of symptoms occur. Reevaluate periodically. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers: monitor infants.

See Also:

RITALIN LA Classification:

CNS stimulant.

RITALIN LA Interactions:

See Contraindications. Hypertensive crisis with MAOIs. Avoid concomitant use with halogenated anesthetics (eg, halothane, isoflurane), alcohol. May antagonize antihypertensive drugs (eg, K+-sparing or thiazide diuretics, CCBs, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, beta blockers, centrally acting alpha-2 receptor agonists); monitor and adjust dose of antihypertensives as needed. Concomitant risperidone may increase risk of extrapyramidal symptoms; monitor.

Adverse Reactions:

Headache, insomnia, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, anorexia, tachycardia, palpitations, anxiety, hyperhidrosis, weight loss, dry mouth, nausea; priapism, hypertension.

Generic Drug Availability:


How Supplied:

Caps, tabs—100