March 22, 2023

Patient teaching video for Mental Health RSNG11411 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Mr. jones my name is david i’m your nurse today can you tell me your name and date of birth 1990 so before you leave the hospital today i wanted to talk to you about your medication riddlin which is also called methylphenidate this drug comes in a tablet a capsule a skin patch and in liquid form and your doctor starting you out on the chewable tablets your

Psychiatrist prescribed you this medication because he believed after talking with you that ritalin is the best treatment option for you it’s the most common medication used to treat symptoms that you’ve been experiencing for your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis which is also called adhd right now in now your body’s wanting to work a lot faster

Than your mind can keep up with and this medication is going to help speed up your brain activity to where your body is working together the way that it’s supposed to ritalin is proven to be effective for a lot of other people so there’s a very good chance that this will help you – right this should help you get back to your normal self again i have to take

This medication the tubule five milligram tablets you’ve been prescribed you’ll need to take twice a day every day you want to take the first one about 30 to 45 minutes before your breakfast and the other one about 30 to 45 minutes before dinner just make sure you don’t take them after around 6 o’clock because this might make it difficult for you to fall asleep

You’ll also want to drink at least 240 milliliters of water right after you drink this so that’s about this much do i need to break something special when i take yes that’s a great question if you’re a big coffee drinker or if you like energy drinks you’re gonna want to try switching to decaf and avoiding as much caffeine as you can do other people complain

About with me take this just just like any other medication there are certain precautions that anyone taking this drug should be aware of some of the most common side effects are dizziness headache upset stomach nervousness loss of appetite and insomnia or difficulty falling asleep there’s also a small chance that you might experience something called a priapism

Which is an erection that lasts longer than four hours it’s a very rare side effect but if it happens you want to go to the doctor as soon as you can being that you’ve not taken this drug before you should avoid any activities that require a lot of concentration or alertness for the first few days as soon as you know how this drug affects your body you can then

Figure out what you should or shouldn’t do you’ll also want to be sure that you’re not taking any mao inhibitors within the last two weeks of starting this drug you know anyway ritalin is a stimulant which is a drug that raises mental and physical activity in the body everyone’s body’s a little different so there have been varying effects reported some say that

This increases libido while others have noticed a reduced sex drive you may not notice a difference at all but if you do you can always talk to your doctor and figure it out the best options from there my sister need to know she lives with me everything i’ve shared with you today is something you can talk to her about i’ve actually put it all together in this

Information packet that you can take home with you today be sure that you’ve read over everything when you both have a minute and also don’t stop taking this without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first and if you decide you want to start any new vitamins or supplements you want to talk to them first just to be safe okay okay that makes perfect sense great

Here’s that handout like i said read over this when you have a minute it might help you learn something else that we may not have talked about already if you have any other questions here’s a phone number for you to call wait thanks for being the best dose in the lord you

Transcribed from video
Ritalin (methylphenidate) Patient Teaching By David Valley