How Long Does MethylPhenidate Stay in Your System?

Detection timetable depends on many variables

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The length of time that MethylPhenidate is detectable in the body depends on several variables, including which type drug test is being used. MethylPhenidate - marketed under the brand names Ritalin, Methylin, Concerta, and Tranquilyn - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting MethylPhenidate in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time MethylPhenidate will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which MethylPhenidate can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does MethylPhenidate Stay in the Urine?

MethylPhenidate can be detected in the urine for 1-2 days

How Long Can MethylPhenidate Be Detected in Blood?

There is currently no data available concerning the detection of MethylPhenidate in blood tests.

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect MethylPhenidate?

A saliva test can detect MethylPhenidate for up to 1-2 days

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect MethylPhenidate?

MethylPhenidate, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Avoiding a MethylPhenidate Overdose

MethylPhenidate is a central nervous system stimulant. It is prescribed as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep).

Knowing how long MethylPhenidate remains in the system can help prevent an accidental overdose of the stimulant.

Symptoms of MethylPhenidate overdose may include the following:

If you suspect a MethylPhenidate overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

Other Risks of Taking MethylPhenidate

Methylphenidate can be habit-forming so you should never take a larger dose, take it more often, take it for a longer time, or take it in a different method than prescribed by your healthcare provider.

Taking too much methylphenidate can result in the medication no longer being able to control your symptoms. It can also cause changes in your behavior.

Methylphenidate can also interact with other drugs. It should not be taken while drinking alcohol, especially large amounts of alcohol, or with any street drugs, health officials say.


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