Ritalin advertisement, 1956.|
Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 6.
Arouse the depressed psychiatric patient
RITALIN® hydrochloride (methyl-phenidylacetate hydrochloride CIBA)
Ritalin is a mild, safer cortical stimulant which is particularly "efficacious in the treatment of mild to moderate depressions in neurotic and psychotic patients."(1)
When Ritalin was given for 6 months to 127 withdrawn, dull, listless, apathetic, or negativistic instituionalized patients, 101 showed improvement in behavior and manageablility. "Many returned to normal eating and toilet habits almost simultaneously with evidence of mental awakening..."(2)
In depressed states Ritalin provides needed stimulus without the wide swings of reaction caused by most stimulants. It rarely causes palpitation, jitteriness, or hyperexcitation; has no appreciable effect on blood pressure, pulse rate or appetite.
Dosage: 10 to 20 mg. b.i.d. or t.i.d., adjusted to the individual.
Supplied: Tablets, 5 mg. (yellow) and 10 mg. (blue); bottles of 100, 500 and 1000. Tablets, 20 mg. (peach-colored); bottles of 100 and 1000.
References: 1. Noce, R.H., and Williams, D.B.: Personal communication. 2. Ferguson, J.T.: Paper presented at American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Iowa City, Iowa, Sept 9, 1955.
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