Evekeo vs. Ritalin

Are Evekeo and Ritalin the Same Thing?

Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate tablets) and Ritalin (methylphenidate) are central nervous system stimulants used to treat a sleep disorder called narcolepsy, and to help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Evekeo may also be used as part of a short-term, weight reduction program to treat exogenous obesity.

Side effects of Evekeo and Ritalin that are similar include headache, stomach ache or pain, trouble sleeping (insomnia), decreased appetite, nervousness, dizziness, vomiting, weight loss, palpitations, fast heart rate, and elevated blood pressure.

Side effects of Evekeo that are different from Ritalin include unpleasant taste in mouth, itching, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, mood swings, overstimulation, restlessness, euphoria, problems with coordination, tremor, uneasiness, hives, impotence, changes in sex drive, frequent or prolonged erections.

and muscle wasting (rhabdomyolysis).

Side effects of Ritalin that are different from Evekeo include agitation, anxiety, nausea, vision problems, sweating, and skin rash.

psychosis, and numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet.

Both Evekeo and Ritalin may interact with stomach acid medicines, antidepressants, cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants, blood pressure medications, seizure medicines, and blood thinners.

Evekeo may also interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), anti-psychotic medicines, lithium, and narcotics.

Ritalin may also interact with clonidine, dobutamine, epinephrine, isoproterenol, potassium citrate, and diet pills.

Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking Evekeo or Ritalin.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Evekeo?

Common side effects of Evekeo include:

  • headache,
  • stomach ache,
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia),
  • decreased appetite,
  • unpleasant taste in mouth,
  • nervousness,
  • dizziness,
  • sexual problems (impotence in males),
  • vomiting,
  • itching,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • dry mouth,
  • weight loss,
  • mood swings,
  • palpitations,
  • fast heart rate,
  • elevated blood pressure,
  • overstimulation,
  • restlessness,
  • euphoria,
  • problems with coordination,
  • tremor,
  • uneasiness,
  • loss of appetite,
  • hives,
  • impotence,
  • changes in sex drive,
  • frequent or prolonged erections, and
  • muscle wasting (rhabdomyolysis).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ritalin?

Common side effects of Ritalin include:

  • nervousness
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • palpitations
  • headache
  • vision problems
  • increased heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • sweating
  • skin rash
  • psychosis, and
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • or
  • cold feeling in your hands or feet.

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What Is Evekeo?

Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate tablets) is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat a sleep disorder called narcolepsy, and to help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD. Evekeo should be used as part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies. Evekeo may also be used as part of a short-term, weight reduction program to treat exogenous obesity.

What Is Ritalin?

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ritalin may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Ritalin should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Ritalin is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ritalin may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Ritalin should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Ritalin is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.

Riltalin is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Ritalin in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Ritalin may harm others, and is against the law.

Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

What Drugs Interact With Evekeo?

Evekeo may interact with stomach acid medicines, antidepressants including MAOIs, anti-psychotic medicines, lithium, cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants, blood pressure medicines, narcotics, seizure medicines, or blood thinner medicines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you or your child use.

What Drugs Interact With Ritalin?

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child takes including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ritalin 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.

Your doctor will decide whether Ritalin can be taken with other medicines.

Ritalin should not be used in patients being treated (currently or within the proceeding two weeks) with MAO Inhibitors (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors). Because of possible effects on blood pressure, Ritalin should be used cautiously with pressor agents.

Methylphenidate may decrease the effectiveness of drugs used to treat hypertension. Methylphenidate is metabolized primarily to ritalinic acid by de-esterification and not through oxidative pathways.

Human pharmacologic studies have shown that racemic methylphenidate may inhibit the metabolism of coumarin anticoagulants, anticonvulsants (e.g., phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone), and tricyclic drugs (e.g., imipramine, clomipramine, desipramine). Downward dose adjustments of these drugs may be required when given concomitantly with methylphenidate. It may be necessary to adjust the dosage and monitor plasma drug concentration (or, in case of coumarin, coagulation times), when initiating or discontinuing methylphenidate.

How Should Evekeo be Taken?

The usual dose of Evekeo to treat narcolepsy is 5 to 60 mg per day in divided doses. The usual starting dose of Evekeo to treat ADHD in children from 3 to 5 years of age is 2.5 mg daily; in children 6 years of age or older, start with 5 mg once or twice daily. The usual dose of Evekeo to treat exogenous obesity is up to 30 mg daily, taken in divided doses of 5 to 10 mg, 30 to 60 minutes before meals.

How Should Ritalin be Taken?

  • Take Ritalin exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.
  • Ritalin is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Take Ritalin 30 to 45 minutes before a meal.
  • From time to time, your doctor may stop Ritalin treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.
  • Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Ritalin. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Ritalin. Ritalin treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • If you or your child takes too much Ritalin or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.
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References
Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Evekeo Product Information

www.evekeo.com

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Ritalin Drug Information.

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/ritalin_ritalin-sr.pdf

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