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Generic Name: Pemoline (PEM-oh-leen)

Drug Class: Stimulant


Drug Uses

Pemoline is a stimulant used to treat attention-deficit disorder. Along with taking this medicine, patient's should take part in a treatment program which includes counseling. Pemoline may be prescribed for other condtions as well.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

Pemoline is similar to amphetamines or Ritalin. The exact way pemoline alters behavior in children is not known. Pemoline works in the brain and has been shown to decrease fatigue, increase alertness, and increase mood.

How to Take It

Pemoline comes as a tablet and is usually taken once a day. Taking this medicine in the morning is recommended to avoid trouble sleeping at night. Your child should take this medicine exactly as directed. Your child should not take more or less than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to give this medicine to your child even if your child is feeling better. Do not stop this medicine, until you have spoken with your doctor. This medication comes with a consent form. Make sure to read and sign the consent form before your child begins taking pemoline.

Possible Side Effects



Drug Interactions

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


Tell your doctor if your child is pregnant. If your child becomes pregnant while taking pemoline, notify your doctor. It is unknown if this medicine is excreted in breast milk. Before breastfeeding, talk to your doctor or pediatrician.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

Copyright © 2004 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. Information expires March 1, 2005. Published March 1, 2004.

This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.
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