Is methylphenidate useful for treating adolescents with ADHD?
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Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is effective in the shortterm treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, multiple randomized control trials). Though the immediate-release preparation is the best studied of methylphenidate formulations, extended-release methylphenidate (Concerta) has similar benefits, with a dosing regimen that may better suit an adolescent lifestyle (SOR: B, based on extrapolation of 1 randomized controlled trial and expert opinion).
Journal of Family Practice, 53(8) 2004: 659-661.