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Old 01-21-2004, 09:36 AM   #1
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Metadate vs. Ritalin LA

Hello all,

My 9 year old son is taking 10 mg of Ritalin LA (long-acting). It definitely seems to be helping him. The problem is that the lowest dose made for Ritalin LA is 20 mg so we have to open up each capsule and give him half one day and the remainer the second day. We have a hard time giving him exactly 1/2 each day.

By the way, we found that he has problems falling asleep with 20 mg and 10 mg definitely seemed to work for him.

We just received a letter from our prescription program announcing that MetaDate Long Acting is now available and has a 10 mg dose already made up.

So I wanted to know if anyone has opinions on Metadate vs. Ritalin LA.

Are they the same underlying medication, are the doses equivalent?

Thank for your comments!

 
Old 01-21-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: Metadate vs. Ritalin LA

They are supposed to be the same dosage and medication but they are released differently. My son switched to metadate because it doesn't effect his appetite or sleep the way ritalin LA did. I don't think that the metadate capsule is supposed to be opened though.

 
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:15 PM   #3
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Re: Metadate vs. Ritalin LA

Why hasn't someone found a chewable for these medicines for the younger kids.

 
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Re: Metadate vs. Ritalin LA

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They are supposed to be the same dosage and medication but they are released differently. My son switched to metadate because it doesn't effect his appetite or sleep the way ritalin LA did. I don't think that the metadate capsule is supposed to be opened though.
My nine year old has yet to swallow a capsule despite many tries so I don't think we have a choice. I will ask our doctor if it is okay to open the capsule otherwise we'll have to stick with Ritalin LA.

Thanks

 
Old 01-22-2004, 06:46 AM   #5
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Re: Metadate vs. Ritalin LA

When my daughter has to take any sort of capsule - she actually chews it - YUCK!. We have tried practicing the swallow thing, but it hasn't worked.

 
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