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QUILLICHEW ER® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Find answers to common questions about QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate hydrochloride)

What is QuilliChew ER?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is the only once-daily extended-release methylphenidate tablet used for the treatment of ADHD. It is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine in the form of a tablet that can be chewed or swallowed whole, and is taken by mouth once in the morning, with or without food. QuilliChew ER may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in people with ADHD. It is not known if QuilliChew ER is safe and effective in children under 6 years of age.

QuilliChew ER should be used as part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

What does the ER stand for in QuilliChew ER?

The “ER” stands for “Extended Release.”

Why is QuilliChew ER considered an extended-release medicine?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is a long-lasting tablet methylphenidate that uses technology to allow for a continuous release of medication. This means that QuilliChew ER only needs to be taken once each day in the morning, and after the initial peak, the medicine gradually tapers off over the course of 24 hours.

In a clinical study, QuilliChew ER was given once daily in the morning for four to six weeks where the right dose was identified for each patient and after remaining for 1 week on that dose. At the end of the 1-week period, each child’s attention and behavior were measured. QuilliChew ER was found to improve attention and behavior compared to a sugar pill at 45 minutes and 2, 4, and 8 hours after taking.

How were the effects of QuilliChew ER measured?

The effectiveness of QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) was assessed in a laboratory classroom study. Teachers and raters used a rating scale (SKAMP) to evaluate the efficacy of QuilliChew ER on attention and behavior in children with ADHD ages 6-12 years. QuilliChew ER was demonstrated to start working in 45 minutes and keep working for 8 hours after taking. In a clinical study, QuilliChew ER improved attention and behavior compared to a sugar pill at 45 minutes and 2, 4, and 8 hours after taking.

What does QuilliChew ER taste like?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is cherry-flavored.

How do I store QuilliChew ER?

Store QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) in a safe place at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Keep QuilliChew ER and all medicines out of the reach of children.

How is QuilliChew ER supplied?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is supplied as 20-mg scored, 30-mg scored, and 40-mg unscored chewable tablet options.

How should QuilliChew ER be taken?

  • Take QuilliChew ER exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child
  • Take QuilliChew ER once each day in the morning
  • QuilliChew ER can be taken with or without food
  • QuilliChew ER can be chewed or swallowed whole
  • From time to time, your healthcare provider may stop QuilliChew ER treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms
  • Your healthcare provider may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking QuilliChew ER
  • Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking QuilliChew ER. QuilliChew ER treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups
  • In case of poisoning, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room

How often should QuilliChew ER be taken?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is taken once each day in the morning.

When does QuilliChew ER start working?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) was shown to start working 45 minutes after taking. In a clinical study, QuilliChew ER was shown to improve attention and behavior compared to a sugar pill at 45 minutes and 2, 4, and 8 hours after taking.

How long do the effects of QuilliChew ER last?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) was shown to start working in 45 minutes and was shown to last up to 8 hours after taking. In a clinical study, QuilliChew ER improved attention and behavior compared to a sugar pill at 45 minutes and 2, 4, and 8 hours after taking.

Can QuilliChew ER be habit-forming?

QuilliChew ER® (methylphenidate HCl) is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep QuilliChew ER in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away QuilliChew ER may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

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Important Safety Information & Approved Use

DYANAVEL XR, Quillivant XR, and QuilliChew ER are federally controlled substances (CII) because they can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep these medicines in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away these medicines may harm others and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you, your child, or any family members have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

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