How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
The recommended dose is 20 mg/day.
Adolescents: Initial: The recommended dose is 10 mg/day. The dose may be increased to 20 mg/day after one week if needed.
In children from 3 to 5 years of age, PO 2.5 mg/day; may be increased weekly by 2.5 mg.
Children 6 yr of age or older IR: PO 5 mg once or twice daily; may be increased weekly by 5 mg to max of 40 mg/day in divided doses. Usual range: 0.1 to 0.5 mg/kg/dose in the morning.
Child: Initial: The recommended dose is 10 mg once daily in the morning. It may be increased if needed. The maximum recommended dose for children is 30 mg/day.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with hardening of the arteries, blood vessel disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, increased eye pressure, mood or mental problems, heart diseases, alcohol abuse, within 14 days following the administration of monoamine oxidase inhibitors and hypersensitivity.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This combination medication belongs to central nervous system stimulants class, prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with counseling and special education. It is also used to treat narcolepsy.
Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, high blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, growth problems, loss of appetite, blood disorder, involuntary muscle movements, seizures, abnormal electroencephalograms (EEGs), mood or mental problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery, and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
It should not be used in children aged less than 3 years old and elderly.
Monitor blood pressure, pulse and heart function regularly, while taking this medication.
Store it at controlled room temperature (25° C).