Quillivant XR establishes itself as the first, once-daily, extended-release formulation of liquid methylphenidate for ADHD. In simple terms this is a long-acting liquid Ritalin.
I like this product and believe that it will serve its users well for these reasons:
- There are a goodly number of people who have trouble swallowing pills and capsules. This formulation will be particularly helpful to younger children who fear swallowing solid preparations and elderly individuals with swallowing difficulties.
- This drug will be useful to those in need of dosage “fine tuning.” Quillivant XR doesn’t involve the opening capsules and sprinkling of contents on food or placing it in other liquids – making dosage titration much easier and streamlined.
- Quillivant XR’s delivery system is exactly the same as with other XR products such as Concerta. The active ingredient is “pulsed” into the bloodstream at select intervals throughout the day, providing eight hour symptom coverage.
Quillivant XR was the only new, novel psychotropic medication release in 2012. The wheels of progress in Psychopharmacology have turned very slowly over the past few years.