What is Concerta?

Concerta is the brand name for methylphenidate, which is a central nervous system stimulant. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Concerta is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta is indicated for use in children 6 years of age and older, adolescents, and adults up to the age of 65. This medication should be used as an integral part of a treatment program that includes psychological, educational, and social measures.

Important Information about Concerta

There is a high risk of abuse with Concerta, patients require regular monitoring by the prescribing physician to ensure that they do not develop a tolerance or dependency.

If you have glaucoma, tics or Tourette’s syndrome, or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation do not take Concerta. If you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days do not take Concerta, a dangerous drug interaction can occur.

Concerta Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Concerta there are side effects associated with this medication. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects;

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • skin rash or hives

Other side effects to Concerta that do not require medical attention include;

  • Loss of appetite
  • nervousness
  • sleeplessness
  • stuffy nose
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • unusually warm skin

If you experience any symptoms of overdose seek emergency help;

  • Agitation
  • confusion (severe)
  • convulsions
  • dryness of the mouth or mucous membranes
  • false sense of well-being
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • flushing
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • headache (severe)
  • increased sweating
  • large pupils
  • muscle twitching
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • vomiting

Concerta Use

Concerta is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta is indicated for use in children 6 years of age and older, adolescents, and adults up to the age of 65. This medication should be used as an integral part of a treatment program that includes psychological, educational, and social measures.

Concerta Dosage and Directions

Patients who are just beginning Concerta and have never been on another stimulant medication for ADHD 18 mg once daily for children and adolescents and 18 or 36 mg once daily for adults. Dosage will be adjusted according to the patients treatment needs.

Concerta should be taken once daily in the morning. This medication can be taken with or without food. It must be swallowed whole with the aid of liquids, and must not be chewed, divided, or crushed.