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Brand name: Attenta

Attenta is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) methylphenidate. On this page you will find out more about Attenta, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: methylphenidate

Information for medicine and pack size:
Attenta 10 mg uncoated tablet, 100

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What this medicine is for

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD was previously known as attention deficit disorder. Other terms being used to describe this behavioural syndrome include minimal brain dysfunction in children, hyperkinetic child syndrome, minimal brain damage, minimal cerebral dysfunction, minor cerebral dysfunction, and psycho-organic syndrome of children. Attenta is indicated as part of a comprehensive treatment program which typically includes other remedial measures (psychological, educational, social) for achieving a beneficial effect in children with a behavioural syndrome characterised by the following group of developmentally inappropriate symptoms: moderate to severe distractibility, short attention span, hyperactivity (not always present) and impulsivity. The diagnosis of this syndrome should not be made when these symptoms are only of recent origin. Non-localising (soft) neurological signs, emotional lability, learning disability and an abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG) may or may not be present, and a diagnosis of CNS dysfunction may or may not be warranted. Special diagnostic considerations for ADHD. The aetiology of this syndrome is unknown, and there is no single diagnostic test. Adequate diagnosis requires the use not only of medical but also of psychological, educational and social resources. Characteristics commonly reported include chronic history or short attention span, distractibility, emotional lability, impulsivity, moderate to severe hyperactivity, minor neurological signs and an abnormal EEG. Learning may or may not be impaired. The diagnosis must be based upon a complete history and evaluation of the child and not solely on the presence of one or more of these characteristics. Drug treatment is not indicated for all children with this syndrome. Stimulants are not intended for use in children who exhibit symptoms secondary to environmental factors (eg. child abuse in particular) or primary psychiatric disorders. Appropriate educational placement is essential and psychosocial intervention is generally necessary. When remedial measures alone are insufficient, the decision to prescribe stimulant medication will depend upon the doctor's assessment of the chronicity and severity of the child's symptoms. Narcolepsy. The symptoms include daytime sleepiness, inappropriate sleep episodes and rapidly occurring loss of voluntary muscle tone. Effective for symptoms of sleepiness but not for loss of voluntary muscle tone.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance 7mm white flat bevel edged tablet, debossed with "MP" and "10" either side of a central breakline on one side, and "Greek Alpha Symbol" on the reverse.
Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 tablets: Controlled Drug

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 18 Months
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