Methylphenidate Class Stimulants

Mechanism of Action:

Methylphenidate class stimulants act by increasing the release of norepinephrine and dopamine and blocking their reuptake.

Methylphenidate Class Stimulants:

Methylphenidate (generic) – Duration 3-5 hours for immediate release version, duration 4-8 hours for extended release version

Ritalin (methylphenidate) – Duration 3-5 hours

Ritalin SR (methylphenidate) – Duration 4-8 hours

Ritalin LA (methylphenidate) – Duration 8-12 hours

Methylin (methylphenidate) – Duration 3-5 hours

Methylin ER (methylphenidate) – Duration 4-8 hours

Metadate ER (methylphenidate) – Duration 4-8 hours

Metadate CD (methylphenidate) – Duration 8-12 hours

Concerta (methylphenidate) – Duration 8-12 hours

Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal) – Duration 2 hours after application until up to 5 hours after removal

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) – Duration 3-5 hours

Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate) – Duration 8-12 hours

Article written 12/19/09 by Minyang Mao, M.D.

Disclaimer: This article is intended as an educational resource only, and is not intended to be a replacement for treatment. For evaluation and treatment, please contact a qualified mental health professional.

Content © 2009 Minyang Mao, M.D.  All rights reserved.

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