Precautions

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Your doctor should check you or your child's progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to use it. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

You or your child will also need to have your blood pressure measured before starting this medicine and while you are using it. If you notice any change to you or your child's recommended blood pressure, call your doctor right away. If you have questions about this, talk to your doctor.

You should not use this medicine if you or your child have used a medicine for depression called an MAO inhibitor (MAOI), such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate® within the past 14 days.

Methylphenidate may cause serious heart or blood vessel problems. This may be more likely in patients who have a family history of heart disease. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have chest pain, trouble breathing, or fainting while using this medicine.

If you or your child have any redness, itching, swelling, or blistering where the patch has been, call your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you or your family notices any unusual changes in behavior, such as an increase in aggression, hostility, agitation, irritability, or suicidal thinking or behaviors. Also tell your doctor if you or your child have hallucinations or any unusual thoughts, especially if they are new or getting worse quickly.

This medicine may cause a condition called Raynaud's phenomenon. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have tingling or pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold, paleness or cold feeling in fingertips and toes, or skin color change of your fingers while using this medicine.

This medicine may cause slow growth. If your child is using this medicine, the doctor will need to keep track of your child's height and weight to make sure that your child is growing properly.

If you or your child experience a prolonged or painful erection of the penis for more than 4 hours, check with your doctor right away.

Methylphenidate may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or changes in vision. Do not drive a car, ride a bicycle, operate machinery, or do other things that might be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.

Avoid putting this medicine near external sources of direct heat, such as hair dyers, heating pads, electric blankets, heated water beds, or hot tubs.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements, and medicine for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hayfever, or sinus problems.