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    Brand Name:Concerta
    Generic:Methylphenidate HydroChloride
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2000-08-01 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
ALZA Corporation
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets, Extended Release
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Concerta

CONCERTA® is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). CONCERTA® may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

CONCERTA® should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Side Effects of Concerta

  1. Heart-related problems:
    • sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
    • stroke and heart attack in adults
    • increased blood pressure and heart rate

    Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems.

    Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting CONCERTA®. Your doctor should check you or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with CONCERTA®.

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking CONCERTA®.

  2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
  3. All Patients

    • new or worse behavior and thought problems
    • new or worse bipolar illness
    • new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility Children and Teenagers
    • new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms

    Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking CONCERTA®, especially seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are suspicious.

  4. Other serious side effects include:
    • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
    • seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures
    • eyesight changes or blurred vision
    • blockage of the esophagus, stomach, small or large intestine in patients who already have a narrowing in any of these organs
  5. Common side effects include:
    • headache
    • decreased appetite
    • stomach ache
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • dizziness

    Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side effects that are bothersome or do not go away.

Who Should Not Take Concerta

CONCERTA® should not be taken if you or your child:

  • are very anxious, tense, or agitated
  • have an eye problem called glaucoma
  • have tics or Tourette’s syndrome, or a family history of Tourette’s syndrome. Tics are hard to control repeated movements or sounds.
  • are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
  • are allergic to anything in CONCERTA®.

CONCERTA® should not be used in children less than 6 years old because it has not been studied in this age group.

Interactions with Concerta

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. CONCERTA® and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking CONCERTA®.

Your doctor will decide whether CONCERTA® can be taken with other medicines. Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • blood pressure medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants

Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking CONCERTA® without talking to your doctor first.

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Recent Forum Posts on Concerta

Lamictal and Concerta

I am submitting a question and not a comment. Surely this is not the right forum, nevertheless I have stated some background information and the question.
I have been diagnosed with a mood imbalance and then doctor has prescribed Lamictal, but I have been diagnosed ADDHD 13 years ago. I am now 37 years old, but I have been off of Concerta for past 4 years. I have realized that I need to get back on Concerta to me with my ADDHD, but my European psychiatrist wants me to take Lamictal and not Concerta for now. They are not familiar or not up-to-date with ADHD and the various forms of medication for this disorder. My question is this - Can Concerta to help me with my mood imbalance? I would like to take only form of medication to help me situate my challenges.

Thank you

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