LA- methylphenidate hydrochloride capsule, extended release
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
|This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.||Revised: June 2021|
RITALIN LA® (rit-ah-lin LA)
extended-release capsules CII
|What is the most important information I should know about RITALIN LA?
RITALIN LA is a federal controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep RITALIN LA in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away RITALIN LA may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you or your child have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
The following have been reported with use of methylphenidate hydrochloride and other stimulant medicines:
1. Heart-related problems:
Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems.
Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting RITALIN LA.
Your doctor should check you or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with RITALIN LA.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking RITALIN LA.
2. Mental (psychiatric) problems:
Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking RITALIN LA, especially seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are suspicious.
|What is RITALIN LA?
RITALIN LA is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). RITALIN LA may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
RITALIN LA should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.
It is not known if RITALIN LA is safe and effective in children under 6 years of age.
|Who should not take RITALIN LA?
RITALIN LA should not be taken if you or your child:
|RITALIN LA may not be right for you or your child. Before starting RITALIN LA, tell your or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of), including:
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. RITALIN LA and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking RITALIN LA.
Your doctor will decide whether RITALIN LA can be taken with other medicines.
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:
Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.
Do not start any new medicine while taking RITALIN LA without talking to your doctor first.
|How should RITALIN LA be taken?
In case of poisoning, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
|What are possible side effects of RITALIN LA?
Common side effects include:
| • fast heart beat|
• sweating a lot
|• abnormal heartbeat (palpitations)|
• decreased appetite
• dry mouth
|• trouble sleeping|
• stomach pain
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
|How should I store RITALIN LA?
|General information about the safe and effective use RITALIN LA.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about RITALIN LA that is written for healthcare professionals. Do not use RITALIN LA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give RITALIN LA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms. It may harm them and it is against the law.
|What are the ingredients in RITALIN LA?
Active ingredient: methylphenidate HCl
Inactive ingredients: ammonio methacrylate copolymer, black iron oxide (10 and 40 mg capsules only), gelatin, methacrylic acid copolymer, polyethylene glycol, red iron oxide (10 and 40 mg capsules only), sugar spheres, talc, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate, and yellow iron oxide (10, 30, and 40 mg capsules).
RITALIN LA® is a trademark of Novartis AG.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936
For more information, call 1-888-669-6682.