Concerta
Last Edited: April 16th, 2012

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Indications for Use

Concerta, also known as methylphenidate, is a medication prescribed to treat ADD and ADHD in both children and adults. It is specified for use in children over six and in adults under 65. Concerta should be prescribed as part of a larger treatment plan.

Concerta belongs to the group of medications known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It helps control the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD, including difficulties concerning concentration, sitting still, remaining quiet or controlling your actions. This medication may also be prescribed to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes sudden bouts of sleep as well as extreme daytime sleepiness.

How to Take Concerta

Concerta comes as a long-acting tablet or capsule, an extended-release tablet, an intermediate-acting tablet, an immediate-release tablet, a chewable tablet or as a liquid solution. Each preparation differs in how it releases the medication into your system, allowing for it to be absorbed at different speeds. Consult your doctor to determine the formulation that is right for you.

Concerta Usage in Children

Concerta may impede your child’s growth or ability to gain weight. Consult your child’s doctor with any concerns you might have regarding your child’s weight loss or growth. Your pediatrician may choose to carefully monitor your child’s growth or, if the drug is causing significant impediments, take your child off the medication altogether.

Precautions While Taking Concerta

Before taking Concerta, tell your doctor if you are allergic to methylphenidate, the active ingredient in Concerta, along with any other medications. Inform your doctor and pharmacist of any prescription or nonprescription medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins or herbal products you’re currently taking. If you have a history of serious heart problems or defects, be sure to tell your doctor before starting on Concerta; this medication can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack and in some cases may even lead to death.

Possible Side Effects

Concerta can cause various side effects. Should these side effects persist or become severe, contact your doctor.

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased libido
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle tightness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness or tingling of the feet or hands
  • Painful menstruation
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach pains
  • Uncontrollable movement in one part of your body

Should you begin to experience any of these serious side effects, stop taking Concerta and contact your doctor right away.

  • Agitation
  • Abnormally happy mood
  • Believing in things that aren’t true
  • Blurred vision or other vision changes
  • Changes in mood, including: depression, anxiety and paranoia
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Fainting
  • Fast, pounding or abnormal heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Hallucinating
  • Hives, a rash or peeling, blistering and itchy skin
  • Motor or verbal tics
  • Numbness or weakness of the leg or arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow or difficult speech
  • Seizures

Drug Interactions

Do not take Concerta if you have taken an MAO inhibitor, such as Furoxone, Marplan or Nardil, within the last 14 days. Serious and potentially fatal side effects may occur if you take Concerta before the MAOI has been cleared from your body.

Concerta should not be used in individuals who suffer from: