What is Ritalin?Ritalin. or Methylphenidate hydrochloride—the generic for Ritalin, is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to manage symptoms of narcolepsy. It affects the parts of the brain and central nervous system that control hyperactivity and impulses. Ritalin is one of the trade names for the drug known as methylphenidate. Other brand names can include Concerta, Methylin, and Metadate.
When did the FDA approve Ritalin?Methylphenidate was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1955 for treating what was then referred to as hyperactivity.
Short-acting Ritalin 20 mg is sometimes abused by people who crush and snort it or simply take Ritalin that they haven't been prescribed. They may believe it will help them study better or perform better at school. Ritalin 20 mg is a controlled substance, but despite persistent myths, that does not mean that is a narcotic. It is controlled because it can potentially be abused (if taken by people without a prescription or medical need).