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Which one of these chemicals is the active ingredient in Ritalin?

That had disastrous results on my son, and we stopped after about a week when I had a suicidal [I kid you not] 6-year-old.

I have never let him use another Ritalin derivative, and would be interested in knowing what the active ingredient is so that I can know what it is I'm supposed to have him avoid.

The short answer: methylphenidate (or more fully, methylphenidate hydrochloride). It is a stimulant, if not an amphetamine like Adderall.

Currently I am Concerta (long-acting methylphenidate, a.k.a. long-acting Ritalin) with a supplemental prescription of regular Ritalin which is short acting.

Here's a website and some info. for the "professionals."
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