Indications for RITALIN LA:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Adults and Children:

Swallow whole or sprinkle contents onto applesauce (swallow immediately); do not crush, chew, or divide beads. <6yrs: not recommended. ≥6yrs: initially 20mg once daily in the AM, may increase by 10mg weekly; max 60mg/day. Switching from methylphenidate immediate-release (IR) or SR: give total daily dose of IR or SR once daily in the AM.


Marked anxiety, tension, agitation. Glaucoma. Motor tics. Tourette's syndrome in patient or family. During or within 14 days of MAOIs.

Boxed Warning:

Drug dependence.


History of drug dependence or alcoholism; monitor for abnormal behavior. 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 before initiation. Consider discontinuing if new psychotic/manic symptoms occur. Monitor for new or worsening aggressive behavior or hostility. Seizure disorder. Peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's Phenomenon; monitor for digital changes. Monitor growth (esp. children), BP, HR, CBCs, differential, platelet counts. Reduce dose or discontinue if paradoxical aggravation of symptoms occur. Reevaluate periodically. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers.

See Also:

Pharmacologic Class:

CNS stimulant.


See Contraindications. Avoid alcohol. Caution with pressor agents. May potentiate anticonvulsants (eg, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone), coumadin, TCAs, antipsychotics (eg, haloperidol); reduce dose of these and monitor. May antagonize antihypertensives. May be affected by antacids, acid suppressants. Risk of serotonin syndrome with serotonergic drugs.

Adverse Reactions:

Insomnia, nervousness, CNS overstimulation, anorexia, weight loss, abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, headache, rash; priapism, hypertension, tachycardia, visual disturbances.

How Supplied:

Caps, tabs—100

Pricing for RITALIN LA

20mg capsule (Qty: 30)
Appx. price $61