Side Effects of Concerta are Headache, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Abdominal pain, Nervousness.
How to use Concerta Tablet
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Concerta 54 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Researchers don't know how exactly Concerta 54 mg Tablet works in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/ADHD (difficulty in paying attention and hyperactivity in children).
In Depth Information on Concerta Tablet
Expert advice for Concerta Tablet
Do not take methylphenidate if you are allergic to methylphenidate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: thyroid problem, heart, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure; compromised blood supply to brain, hands and legs, or have diseases of blood vessels of such as a stroke (weakness or paralysis of part or whole of body), swelling and weakening of part of a blood vessel (aneurysm), narrow or blocked blood vessels, or inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis); increased pressure in your eye (glaucoma); tumor of your adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma) which leads to episodic or sustained increase in blood pressure; narrowing or blockage of your gut or food-pipe; fits (seizures, convulsions, epilepsy) or any abnormal brain scans (EEGs); other mental disease.
Do not take methylphenidate if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
Avoid taking methylphenidate during menstruation.
You should not take methylphenidate on the day of your surgery if a certain type of anesthetic such as ketamine, halothane, isoflurane, sevoflurane etc. are being used.
Do not drive or use machinery if you feel dizzy, have problems focusing or have blurred vision after taking methylphenidate.
Concerta Tablet related warnings
Special precautions for Concerta Tablet
Taking Methylphenidate with alcohol may increase the blood pressure and heart rate.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Concerta 54 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Concerta 54 mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well. You may feel dizzy, have problems focussing or have blurred vision when taking Concerta 54 mg Tablet. This may affect your driving ability.
There is limited information available on the use of Concerta 54 mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor. Caution should be exercised in patients with underlying kidney disease.
There is limited information available on the use of Concerta 54 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Is Concerta a monoamine oxidase inhibitor/ opiate/ amphetamine?
Concerta is central nervous system stimulant drug that is used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (a behavioral disorder in children marked by poor concentration, hyperactivity, and learning difficulties). It is not monoamine oxidase inhibitor or an opiate. It is similar in function to amphetamine, but milder in nature
Q. Is Ritalin/Concerta same as Concerta?
Ritalin and Concerta are proprietary (brand) names of Concerta
Q. Can I take Ritalin for weight loss/ anxiety/ depression?
Ritalin (i.e. Methylphenidate) cannot be used to treat weight loss, anxiety or depression. They, on the contrary, are the side effects of the methylphenidate
Q. Does Concerta keep you awake or help you focus?
Yes, Concerta increases wakefulness, vigilance and attention span
Q. Does Concerta make you high?
Concerta has the ability to alter mood and feelings such that the effects are perceived by some as pleasant or ‘high'. Concerta belongs to a sub schedule X consisting psychotropic and habit forming substances. It is available strictly as per the prescription and should always be used as advised by doctor
Q. Does Concerta work like Adderall?
Both Concerta and Adderall (amphetamine) are central nervous system stimulants but used for different indications (uses). Take your doctor's advice before using any medicine
Q. Does Concerta expire/ go bad?
Like all other medicines, Concerta expires.The expiry date is mentioned on the pill-box or strip. Concerta should not be used beyond this date of expiry.