Aripiprazole Therapy for Nicotine Dependence

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Sir: Methylphenidate is a piperidine derivative, structurally related to amphetamines. It reaches peak blood concentration in 2 hours and has a short half-life of 1 to 2 hours. Its onset of action occurs shortly after dosing, and it can cause increased wakefulness, energy, alertness, and physical and mental performance. Its side effects include anorexia, weight loss, slow growth, insomnia, dysphoria, tics, and psychosis.​

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