Methylphenidate and Autism Ranking: Mildly Hazardous Strong positive evidence

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Methylphenidate is a powerful drug with many potential side effects and contraindications. For this reason it should only be obtained on prescription from either a paediatrician or psychiatrist, or from a GP on the advice / recommendation of a psychiatrist.

According to NICE (2000),

“On the basis of evidence from experts, the Committee concluded that [methylphenidate] treatment should only be initiated by an appropriately qualified healthcare professional with expertise in ADHD and should be based on a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis.”


24 Dec 2018
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