My granddaughter has ADHD and was prescribed Methylphenidate ER 36 mg for her condition. Recently her medical insurance changed and no longer covers the above drug. Can she use Methylphenidate 10 mg tid and Methylphenidate 5 mg in place of the 36 mg ER. Walmart offers Methylphenidate 10mg for $10 for 90 day supply, or $4 for 60 days which is far more affordable than the $185 we just paid.
Yes she can certainly switch to the cheaper generic methylphenidate.
Just ask her docotr to change her prescription. He/she would typically be happy to do this for you.
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Will it just require her to take it more often since the methylphenidate ER is extended release.
It sounds that the methylphenidate 10mg TID would be the closer substition. Yes you are right she would have to take the short acting more often to have the equivalent effect.
or just 3 10 mg and one 5 mg once per day
She may do fine on 10mg three times a day. I don't think it necessary to add the additional 5 mg...
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Same effects though correct. nothing different in the drugs other than er
Yes that is right. It would have similar effects and potential side effects.
Ok great thank you so much
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