Methylin is a medication prescribed to people who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Specifically, Methylin is an effective ADHD medication because of its ability to balance neurotransmitters in the brain. Methylin is a stimulant medication that has shown to improve ADHD patients’ ability to pay attention, stay focused, control behavior problems, organize tasks and improve listening skills. In some cases, Methylin is also prescribed to treat narcolepsy.
Beginning treatment with Methylin can produce some side effects. Common Methylin side effects include nervousness, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headaches. Talk to your doctor if any of these common Methylin side effects get worse or last an unusually long time.
Many people who take Methylin do not experience serious side effects, but it still important to be aware of them if you need to identify them. Serious side effects of Methylin use are signs of blood flow problems in the fingers or toes, coldness, numbness, pain, skin color changes, unusual wounds on the fingers or toes, fast or irregular heartbeat, agitation, aggression, mood swings, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, uncontrolled muscle movements, sudden outbursts of words or sounds that are hard to control and blurred vision.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience serious Methylin side effects such as fainting, seizure, pain in the chest or left arm, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes and confusion.
Because Methylin has a relatively short half-life, it does not stay in patients’ systems very long. However, it is important to remember every patient has a physiology unique to them, which is why you should never compare the duration of time Methylin stays in your system with another patient’s timeline.
Almost ten percent of children in the United States between the ages of two and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are a few more statistics about ADHD in the United States:
- Nearly two out of every three children diagnosed with ADHD have had at least one other disorder, be it mental, emotional or behavioral.
- One out of every three children diagnosed with ADHD also suffers from anxiety.
- Nearly 50 percent of children with ADHD have a behavior or conduct problem.
- Other conditions commonly shared among children with ADHD include depression, autism spectrum disorder and Tourette Syndrome.
Methylin should only be taken under doctor supervision. Do not take Methylin recreationally or misuse the medication, as doing so can produce unwanted side effects. If you or someone you know begins to develop a Methylin addiction, seek help as soon as possible.
The most commonly misused drugs which contain Methylin are Methylin itself and its generic version, methylphenidate. Remember, never take Methylin unless you have been diagnosed with ADHD and your doctor prescribed Methylin to you.
Methylin is an effective medication for a couple of reasons. First, it is a stimulant which helps patients focus and pay attention. Second, it affects the neurotransmitter in the brain and helps balance them out in patients who may have a certain type of neurotransmitter.
Methylin has a relatively short half-life of about 2.7 hours if a patient is administered a 20-milligram dose. Some patients, however, will experience a longer half-life if they have a slower metabolism.
Because every patient’s body and its functions are completely unique, Methylin can stay in some patients’ systems longer than others. Factors which influence how long Methylin stays in your system include your age, metabolism, organ function, Methylin dosage levels, how long you have been taking Methylin and more.
Methylin may be detected in your body for longer periods than others depending on what type of drug test is administered to you. Here are some estimates on how long Methylin will stay in your urine, hair and blood:
- Urine: Methylin may remain present in some patients’ urine tests anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after it is taken.
- Hair: Methylin may be detected in your hair follicles for up to 90 days after you take it.
- Blood: Typically, Methylin can be detected in your blood for up to four days after using it.
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