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A Once Daily Liquid ADHD Treatment: Quillivant XR

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on October 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

There are many options when choosing the right medicine for you or your child when it comes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Quillivant XR (methylphenidate extended release) is a relatively new alternative, and it’s the only once-daily liquid available.

What is Quillivant XR?
Quillivant XR contains the active ingredient methylphenidate, which has been used for years in the treatment of ADHD. It offers the advantage of being the only liquid formulation of methylphenidate that is given once daily.

What does it treat?

ADHD affects an estimated 1 in 10 children between ages 4 to 17. The prevalence of the disorder has increased over the years, and boys are more likely to be affected then girls. Symptoms generally emerge in early childhood as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention. These symptoms can go on to affect daily functioning as well as effect academic, emotional and social development.

Why use Quillivant XR instead of other options?

The liquid form can be useful if you or your child have difficulties swallowing tablets or capsules. Quillivant XR also provides effective coverage for 12 hours.

It is available as 25mg/5mL oral suspension, and is dosed 20mg to 60mg once daily. The liquid has a fruit flavoring, and it can be taken with or without food.

What else should you know?
Quillivant XR is a schedule II drug, which means that a new prescription is required from your prescriber for each time you refill. Since the medication is new, co-pays or out of pocket costs may be higher then traditional generic forms of methylphenidate available. A generic methylphenidate immediate release liquid is also available, but it requires multiple doses during the day.

Quillivant XR is a stimulant medication that works by increasing attentiveness and decreasing symptoms of hyperactivity. It should be used with caution if you or your child has pre-existing heart problems or psychiatric problems. The most common side effects for the medication are decreased appetite, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, anxiety, and mood swings.

Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Till next time,

The GoodRx Pharmacist


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