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Methylphenidate and Autism

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Ranking : UnratedMildly Hazardous

Type(s) : Medication


methylphendiate Methylphenidate is a form of stimulant medication, also known as methylphenidylacetate hydrochloride.

It is sold under various brand names including Attenta®, Concerta®, Metadate®, Methylin®, Ritalin® and Rubifen®.

Stimulant medications affect the action of certain chemicals in the brain, allowing us to control how we pay attention and organise our behaviour.

Some people believe that methylphenidate can be used with some individuals with autism to reduce problem behaviours, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.


We are currently reviewing the research evidence on the use of methylphenidate for people with autism.

If you are aware of further research, or you would like to share your personal experiences of using methylphenidate, please email info@researchautism.net Thank you.

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Last Updated : 22/10/2013
Next Review : 22/10/2016
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