19 Mar 2015

Equasym XL (Methylphenidate) - United Kingdom

ATC: N06BA
NERVOUS SYSTEM
PSYCHOANALEPTICS
PSYCHOSTIMULANTS, AGENTS USED FOR ADHD AND NOOTROPICS
CENTRALLY ACTING SYMPATHOMIMETICS
Equasym XL

Generic Matches for Methylphenidate (1)
Ritalin

Last Updated on 19 Mar 2015 by EPG Health Media Staff

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Equasym XL Indication

Methylphenidate is indicated as part of a comprehensive treatment programme for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 years of age and over when remedial measures alone prove insufficient. Treatment must be under the supervision of a specialist in childhood behavioural disorders. Diagnosis should be made according to DSM-IV criteria or the guidelines in ICD-10 and should be based on a complete history or evaluation of the patient. Diagnosis cannot be made solely on the presence of one or more symptom.

The specific aetiology of this syndrome is unknown, and there is no single diagnostic test. Adequate diagnosis requires the use of medical and specialised psychological, educational, and social resources.

A comprehensive treatment programme typically includes psychological, educational and social measures as well as pharmacotherapy and is aimed at stabilising children with a behavioural syndrome characterised by symptoms which may include chronic history of short attention span, distractibility, emotional lability, impulsivity, moderate to severe hyperactivity, minor neurological signs and abnormal EEG. Learning may or may not be impaired.

Methylphenidate treatment is not indicated in all children with this syndrome and the decision to use the drug must be based on a very thorough assessment of the severity and chronicity of the child's symptoms in relation to the child's age.

Appropriate educational placement is essential, and psychosocial intervention is generally necessary. Where remedial measures alone prove insufficient, the decision to prescribe a stimulant must be based on rigorous assessment of the severity of the child's symptoms. The use of methylphenidate should always be used in this way according to the licensed indication and according to prescribing / diagnostic guidelines.

 

Equasym XL Generic Name

Methylphenidate

Type

POM

Summary Product Characteristics (SPCs) Links
SPC - Equasym XL 10 mg, 20 mg or 30 mg Capsules (external site)

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Equasym XL Marketing Information

Equasym XL Generic Name
Methylphenidate
Marketing Company
Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited
Drug Type
POM
Date of Issue, Marketing Authority 11/02/2005

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