Who should not take Methylphenidate HCl?

The following conditions are contraindicated with this drug. Check with your physician if you have any of the following:


  • thyrotoxicosis
  • overactive thyroid gland
  • anemia
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • manic behavior
  • manic-depression
  • psychotic disorder
  • suicidal thoughts
  • alcoholism
  • addiction to a drug
  • high blood pressure
  • heart attack within the last 30 days
  • coronary artery disease
  • cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • abnormal EKG with QT changes from birth
  • a stroke
  • Raynaud's phenomenon, a condition where blood vessels constrict too much with coldness or stress
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • priapism, a prolonged erection of the penis
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • structural disorder of heart
  • acrocyanosis
  • history of drug abuse
  • anxiety disorder
  • overactive thyroid gland
  • decreased blood platelets
  • drug abuse
  • chronic muscle twitches or movements
  • Tourette's
  • a heart attack
  • coronary artery disease
  • cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • blockage of the stomach or intestine
  • inadequate absorption of nutrients due to a short bowel
  • problems with food passing through the esophagus
  • structural disorder of heart

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