Methylphenidate enhances focus, control in drivers with ADHD.
PARIS Paris, in Greek mythology
Paris or Alexander, in Greek mythology, son of Priam and Hecuba and brother of Hector. Because it was prophesied that he would cause the destruction of Troy, Paris was abandoned on Mt. -- Methylphenidate methylphenidate /meth·yl·phen·i·date/ (meth?il-fen´i-dat) a central stimulant, used in the form of the hydrochloride salt in the treatment of attention-deficit in children and narcolepsy. really can keep people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder on the straight and narrow, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a study conducted in the Netherlands.
Dr. Joris C. Verster and his colleagues at the University of Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Netherlands, compared the driving skills of 18 patients when they took their methylphenidate (Ritalin) with their ability when they went off medication.
Each patient made two 100-kilometer round trips in normal traffic. The protocol called for maintaining a steady speed of 95 km/hour while staying in the right lane. Twice each second, a camera on the automobile roof recorded the distance to the center of the road.
The patients, who were aged 21-30 years, were able to maintain a steady speed on both trips, but they weaved significantly more when they were not medicated medicated /med·i·cat·ed/ (med´i-kat?id) imbued with a medicinal substance.
contains a medicinal substance. , Dr. Verster reported in a poster at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
The weaving or standard deviation of lateral position was more pronounced on the return leg of the round trips, the investigators found.
"The problem is sustained attention. It takes 1 hour to perform the test. They see all sort of stuff on the side of the road, (such as) leaves falling from trees," said Dr. Verster, a psychologist.
"That is really concerning," he added. "When people don't take their medication, they drive worse."