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Concerta 54mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Concerta 54mg Tablet is a medicine used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (a behavioral disorder in children marked by poor concentration, hyperactivity, and learning difficulties). It helps to improve attention span, concentration and reduces impulsive behavior.

Concerta 54mg Tablet may be taken with or without food. It is advised to take this medicine at a fixed time each day to maintain a consistent level in the blood. If you miss any doses, take it as soon as you remember. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly as it may worsen your symptoms.

Some common side effects of this medicine include headache, insomnia (difficulty sleeping), abdominal pain and nervousness. However, these side effects are temporary and usually resolve on their own in some time. Please consult your doctor if these do not subside or bother you. This medicine causes dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.

Before taking Concerta 54mg Tablet, inform your doctor if you have any problems with your kidneys, heart, liver, or have a history of seizures (epilepsy or fits). Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or if you have any suicidal thoughts.

Side effects of Concerta Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Concerta

  • Headache
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervousness

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Abdominal pain
    In most cases, this is mild enough to be treated at home. Try to rest and relax. Putting a heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach may also help. Having a warm bath or shower can help you relax and relieve the pain. Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water and reduce your intake of coffee, tea, lemon juice or soda. Avoid alcohol and smoking as these can aggravate the pain. Eating slowly and having smaller and more frequent meals can also help. If the pain is severe, speak to your doctor. They may be able to guide you better.
  • Coping with Nervousness
    This often disappears when the condition you are being treated for is managed. You could ask your doctor about changing the dose of your medicine or alternatives if it is affecting your daily life or causing you distress. Psychological treatments may be available. Some things you can do to help yourself include stopping smoking, cutting down the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink, and doing regular exercise. You should also eat a healthy diet and find out how to get sleep if you are having trouble. Try talking to a friend or family member. Calming breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques may also help.

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 54mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Concerta Tablet works

Concerta 54mg Tablet is a CNS stimulant. It works by improving the activity of certain parts of the brain by increasing the levels of certain chemicals (norepinephrine and dopamine). Concerta 54mg Tablet is a CNS stimulant. It works by improving the activity of certain parts of the brain by increasing the levels of certain chemicals (norepinephrine and dopamine).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Concerta 54mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Concerta 54mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Concerta 54mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Concerta 54mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
You may feel dizzy, have problems focussing or have blurred vision when taking Concerta 54mg Tablet. This may affect your driving ability.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Concerta 54mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Caution should be exercised in patients with underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Concerta 54mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Concerta Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Concerta 54mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • It has high habit-forming potential. Do not take more than prescribed.
  • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
  • Concerta 54mg Tablet may raise your blood pressure and pulse. Monitor your blood pressure regularly.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Concerta 54mg Tablet can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • It can cause a loss of appetite, which can slow growth rate, especially in children. Monitor your child’s height and weight regularly while taking this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor first.
     

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Aralkylamine Derivative
Habit Forming
Yes

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Concerta with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Furon, Furachlor, Fulo
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Trima, Rimarex, Morex
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Rasalect, Relgin, Rasipar
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Jumex
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient Concerns

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ADHD (inattentive type) with social anxiety disorder
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
According to American Pychiatric Association, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) affects about 5 percent of children and about half of them carry those symptoms into adulthood.The basic symptoms include inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ADHD in children manifests as lack of attention, being accident prone and disturbance in academic performance. In adults, fidgetiness is often sign of hyperactivity. Other common manifestations are disorganized, forgetful and clumsy adult who appears to have difficulty in handling responsibilities. Once diagnosed, management includes Medicines and psychotherapy. It is an ongoing process and not a few month course to get rid of problem. Coping is a major part of symptom management.
I have attention disorder problem?
Dr. Saurav Arora
Homeopathy
please elaborate your symptoms.
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FAQs

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.

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