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This medication is prescribed to patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by modifying the concentrations of certain natural substances in the brain. Methylphenidate is a stimulant, which is a type of drug. It can help you improve your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and manage behavioral issues. It may also assist you in organizing your tasks and improving your listening skills. Before you begin taking methylphenidate, and each time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. If you have any concerns, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

As directed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth with or without food once daily in the morning. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).