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.


During or within 14 days of MAOIs.

Boxed Warning:

Abuse and dependence.


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:

Pharmacologic Class:

CNS stimulant.


See Contraindications. Avoid concomitant use with halogenated anesthetics (eg, halothane), alcohol. May antagonize antihypertensives. Risk of serotonin syndrome with serotonergic drugs.

Adverse Reactions:

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

How Supplied:

Caps, tabs—100

Pricing for RITALIN LA

20mg capsule (Qty: 30)
Appx. price $59