• 11 months ago

    Recently diagnosed

    I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and was prescribed 20 mg of Ritalin in the morning, and 10 mg at noon. It's helped a little bit, but I feel like my prescription could be stronger, which is why I'm going to talk to my doctor about it soon. What is the difference between Ritalin and Ritalin LA? What alternative OTC medicines or therapy can I also use along with the medication?

    Thank you for reading!


  • RE: Recently diagnosed

    Hi Shawn,

    ADHD prescribing patterns are not, overall, what they should be.

    For example, how did your prescriber arrive at the 20 mg in the morning and 10 mg at noon? Was it a guess or goal before you even started the medication?

    If that's the case, the prescribing merits scrutiny.

    Ideally, the prescriber helps the patient to track initial symptoms over time, as the medication is introduced and the dosage gradually increased. The idea is to get maximum benefit with minimum side effects.

    Also, are you taking generic or brand? That can make a difference.

    The difference between Ritalin and Ritalin LA is basically this: Ritalin LA adds a second dose a few hours later withour your having to remember to take another pill. The delivery, however, tends not to be as steady as with a more sophisticated delivery system such as that with Concerta (also a methylphenidate, like Ritalin and Ritalin LA).