Concerta Medication Description
Concerta medication is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Concerta extended-release tablets are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years of age and older, adolescents, and in adults up to the age of 65.
What to expect when taking Concerta for ADHD?
Concerta is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant used to treat children with ADHD and teenagers. It can be recommended for children over the age of six, but because it is in pill form that must be swallowed, some young children may have difficulty taking it over the age of six. Concerta may improve concentration in people with inattentive ADHD while decreasing hyperactivity and impulsivity, common ADHD symptoms in many patients. Concerta contains the active ingredient methylphenidate, also found in other ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Daytrana.
How To Use Concerta Medication
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Swallow this medication with a full glass of liquid (240 milliliters). Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.
Side Effects Of Concerta medication
Common side effects of Concerta include: insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: anxiety, hyperhidrosis, and irritability.