Concerta 36 mg


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What is Concerta?
Concerta is a prescription drug that’s used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition affects your ability to pay attention. It can also cause you to have impulsiveness and hyperactivity, as well as excessive movements.

Concerta is approved for use in children ages 6 years and older, and in adults up to age 65 years.

Concerta comes as tablets that are taken by mouth once each day. The tablets are extended release, which means they release the medication over time.

Concerta contains the drug methylphenidate. It belongs to a class of medications called stimulants. Concerta works by increasing levels in your brain of two neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) called norepinephrine and dopamine. Increasing these neurotransmitter levels helps to stimulate your brain, which can improve the symptoms of ADHD.

Concerta has been shown in studies to be effective in treating ADHD in both adults and children. The results of some of these studies are described below.

Effectiveness in children

Three different clinical trials studied Concerta use in children ages 6 to 12 years. A significant decrease in inattention and overactivity was seen in children taking Concerta compared to those taking a placebo (treatment with no active drug).

Effectiveness in adults

A clinical trial also showed that Concerta significantly reduced inattention in adults taking the drug compared to people taking a placebo. The Connors’ Adult ADHD Rating Scale (CAARS) was used to measure people’s ADHD symptoms during these studies. For this scale, lower scores indicate fewer ADHD symptoms, while higher scores indicate more ADHD symptoms.

Drug forms and strengths

Concerta comes as a tablets that are taken once daily. This drug is only taken once each day since it lasts for about 12 hours in your body.

Concerta is available in these strengths:

18 mg
27 mg
36 mg
54 mg

side effects

The more common side effects of Concerta in adults can include:

decreased appetite, which may lead to weight loss
stomach ache
dry mouth
insomnia (trouble sleeping)
feeling irritable or easily annoyed
hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

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