What are the common conversion ratios for methylphenidate osmotic-release oral system (OROS) tablets to other preparations of methylphenidate (LA, CD, ER) in pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Methylphenidate OROS tablets are converted in an 18:5 ratio with methylphenidate. For example, Ritalin 10 mg q4h is converted to Concerta 36 mg. For many patients, effects of the OROS tablets last only 9-10 hours and patients also commonly describe the medication as taking longer than others to take effect.

Methylphenidate OROS tablets are converted in an 18:10 ratio with methylphenidate LA, CD, or ER. For example, Ritalin LA 10 mg q8h is converted to Concerta 18 mg.

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