Definition of methylphenidate in English:


Line breaks: me¦thyl|phen¦id¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˌmiːθʌɪlˈfɛnɪdeɪt
, ˌmɛθ-, -θɪl-/


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A synthetic drug that stimulates the sympathetic and central nervous systems, used chiefly to improve mental activity in attention deficit disorder. Also called Ritalin ( • trademark ).
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    • We have seen it with antidepressants in adults and methylphenidate in behaviourally disordered children.
    • Traditional treatments, such as the stimulant drugs methylphenidate and amphetamine, outperformed caffeine in improving functioning and reducing levels of hyperactivity.
    • Ritalin is the brand name for methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant that is often prescribed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

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