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Posted by Bruce on November 06, 1999 at 07:58:57:

In Reply to: Generic Ritalin? posted by Brooke Bartlett on October 28, 1999 at 10:20:33:

: I am looking to get some information regarding generic Methylphenidate and Ritalin. Does anyone know where I can find this information? I would greatly appreciate any help!

: Thank you,
: Brooke

:I know this is an old message but my reply may be of interest.
My son uses time release and regular Ritalin. The doctor requires the use of non-generic for time release and she has no preference for non-time released ritalin. On occation, the brand ritalin has not been available and we have had the order filled with the generic.
Using brand for time release actually works for the entire school day. The dose is high (currently 60 mg) but appears effective.
On occasions when we have used generic time released, we find that within about a week of the change, we start to get reported problems of our son playing and not participating in class. Quality of work dramiticly drops. (his teacher do not know he is ADD) Our son has no idea the drug is any different.
My son's doctor say it has to do with the binder used in the generic (it is some type of wax) does not release the ritalin completely nor progressivley.

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