Dexmethylphenidate extended-release was also studied in people with adult ADHD, and was shown to be effective at treating adult ADHD symptoms.
When and How to Take Dexmethylphenidate Extended-ReleaseSome general considerations for when and how to take dexmethylphenidate extended-release include:
- Dexmethylphenidate extended-release comes in capsule form. It should be taken once daily in the morning.
- Dexmethylphenidate extended-release capsules contain tiny beads that release the medication slowly, so it is important to swallow the medication whole (do not chew or crush it).
- For people who have difficultly swallowing, dexmethylphenidate extended-release capsules may be opened and the beads sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should be eaten right away and should not be chewed.
- It does not matter if you take dexmethylphenidate extended-release with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- For dexmethylphenidate extended-release to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing With Dexmethylphenidate Extended-ReleaseThe dose of dexmethylphenidate extended-release your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medications you have tried for ADHD
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release Dosing for more information about dosing for dexmethylphenidate extended-release.)