A 14-year-old is prescribed methylphenidate for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The nurse instructs the patient on the potential side effects, including which of the following?

Insomnia.
Loss of appetite.
Nervousness.

Explanation

• Methylphenidate is a stimulant. Insomnia and nervousness are the two most common side effects of methylphenidate.

• Other side effects include GI discomfort, nausea, loss of appetite, arrhythmias, diaphoresis, palpitations, and dizziness.

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