Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Aptensio XR extended-release capsules are a central nervous system stimulant. Exactly how it works is not known.

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  • Aptensio XR and Ritalin LA
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking methylphenidate:

    More common:
    Fast heartbeat
    Less common:
    Chest pain
    fever
    joint pain
    skin rash or hives
    Rare:
    Black, tarry stools
    blood in the urine or stools
    blurred vision or other changes in vision
    convulsions
    crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
    muscle cramps
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
    uncontrolled vocal outbursts or tics (uncontrolled and repeated body movements)
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Incidence not known:
    Confusion
    depression
    feeling like surroundings are not real
    numbness of the hands
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
    red, irritated eyes
    red, swollen, or scaly skin
    seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    severe or sudden headache
    shortness of breath
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    sudden loss of coordination
    sudden slurring of speech
    tingling or pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold
    unusual behavior
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weight loss
    yellow skin or eyes
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with methylphenidate may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    headache
    loss of appetite
    nervousness
    stuffy nose
    trouble sleeping
    unusually warm skin
    Less common:
    Anger
    dizziness
    drowsiness
    fear
    irritability
    muscle aches
    nausea
    runny nose
    scalp hair loss
    talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
  • (methylphenidate hydrochloride) capsule, extended release