Methylphenidate and Autism

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

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

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 on the autism spectrum to reduce problem behaviours, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.

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21 Oct 2015