Generic name: Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral Suspension [meth-il-FEN-i-date] Brand name: Quillivant XR Drug class: CNS stimulants
This medication carries a risk of abuse and misuse. Only use methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension as directed by your doctor. Inform your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.
Uses of Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral Suspension:
This medication is used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity. It may also be prescribed for other reasons. Consult with your doctor for more information.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral Suspension?
Prior to taking this medication, inform your doctor if:
You have an allergy to methylphenidate or any other component of methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension.
You have health conditions such as glaucoma, agitation, anxiety, overactive thyroid, blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems or other heart problems, Tourette’s syndrome or tics, or if you have ever had a stroke.
You have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson’s disease in the last 14 days such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, selegiline, or rasagiline.
You are taking any drugs such as linezolid or methylene blue.
This is not an exhaustive list of all drugs or health conditions that may interact with methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension. Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all medications (prescription or OTC), natural products, vitamins, and health conditions you have. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medication without consulting your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral Suspension?
While taking this medication:
Inform all healthcare providers that you are taking methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension.
Avoid driving or performing tasks that require alertness until you know how this medication affects you.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as fast, slow, or abnormal heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness or passing out.
You may need to undergo heart tests before starting methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension.
Check your blood pressure and heart rate as directed by your doctor.
Avoid consuming alcohol while taking this medication.
Consult with your doctor to determine if you are at a higher risk of seizures while taking methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension.
Have your blood work checked regularly if you are taking this medication for an extended period of time.
If you have high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure such as cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or similar products, and some natural products or aids.
How is this medicine (Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral Suspension) best taken?
To ensure safe and effective use of this medication:
Take methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension as directed by your doctor.
Take in the morning with or without food. Shake the bottle for at least 10 seconds before taking.
Ensure that the drug in the bottle is a liquid. If it is still a powder, do not use it and return it to the pharmacist.
Measure liquid doses carefully using the measuring device that comes with methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure the medication.
If you have been taking this medication for an extended period of time or at high doses, it may not work as effectively and you may require higher doses to achieve the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Contact your doctor if methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension stops working effectively. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage.
Limit your consumption of caffeine (e.g., tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate as they may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat when taken with methylphenidate extended-release oral suspension.</li