Methylphenidate hydrochloride given with or before breakfast: II. Effects on plasma concentration of methylphenidate and ritalinic acid.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1542/peds.72.1.56
Methylphenidate HCl (Ritalin) is often prescribed for the treatment of hyperactivity and is usually administered orally 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals, based on an assumption that meals may interfere with the absorption or metabolism of the drug. Seven boys who were taking methylphenidate regularly for the treatment of hyperactivity were hospitalized and given their established dose of the drug intravenously or orally, either with breakfast or in a fasted state. Blood samples were taken to determine the pharmacokinetics of the drug in each condition. Few differences between the "fed" and "fasted" states were noted, but the statistically significant differences indicated that meals accelerate rather than impede the absorption of methylphenidate.