methylphenidate hydrochloride

Definition / meaning of methylphenidate hydrochloride

The hydrochloride salt of the synthetic central nervous system stimulant methylphenidate. Methylphenidate appears to activate the brain stem arousal system and cortex to produce its stimulant effect and, in some clinical settings, may improve cognitive function.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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