Methylphenidate, sold under the trade names Ritalin among others, is a stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It is a first line medication for ADHD. It is taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Different formulations have different durations of effect.
Methylphenidate tablet comes in these forms: oral immediate-release tablet, extended-release oral tablet, chewable oral tablet, extended-release chewable oral tablet, and extended-release orally disintegrating tablet. This product also comes as an extended-release oral capsule, transdermal patch, oral suspension, and oral solution.
The oral tablet form is a prescription drug. It comes in these forms: oral tablet, extended-release tablet, extended-release capsule, chewable tablet, extended-release chewable tablet, and extended-release orally disintegrating tablet. It also comes as a transdermal patch, oral suspension, and oral solution.