A number of ADHD medications are hitting the market, joining the old Ritalin standby. Concerta, in
its relatively short existence, has already grabbed a sizeable portion of the ADHD medication market
Although Concerta offers a number of advantages over the older ADHD medications, it also has several
side effects that people with Attention Deficit and parents of Attention Deficit children should be
aware of before administering this medication.
Concerta medication for ADHD and ADD is a once-daily treatment and, when introduced, was the first
time-release formula. A modified version of Adderall, Adderall XR, followed with a time-released
The Concerta capsule has an outer coat of medication that dissolves quickly and then two small
compartments of medication inside that release gradually.
The time-released system of the Concerta capsule provides up to 12-hour coverage and provides more
even coverage for ADHD symptoms but there are a few drawbacks with the capsule form.
_ If not taken early in the morning, manufacturers recommend skipping the dose for that day since
the stimulants will affect normal sleep patterns.
_ Some people find that, even with early morning dosing, Concerta significantly disrupts normal
_ Because of the tablet's non-deformable shell, the Concerta pill cannot be cut to decrease the
dosage. This aspect causes trouble for people with Attention Deficit still working to find the best
dosage levels or for those who wish to give their child a lower dose for half-days at school.
Increasing or decreasing by any amount requires a new prescription.
_ Parents cannot crush the tablet and mix with food for children who have difficulty swallowing
pills since crushing the Concerta medication will also destroy the release mechanism.
_ The Concerta shell does not completely digested and remnants of the Concerta tablet can often be
seen in stools. Although most people’s digestive systems can typically pass a wide variety of very
interesting articles and does not typically pose a serious health hazard, Concerta is not
recommended for people with gastrointestinal narrowing and digestive problems.
Concerta Side Effects:
Concerta side effects seem less pronounced than Ritalin and Dexedrine side effects. Although
Concerta side effects are less pronounced than the older medications’ side effects, the Concerta
medication for ADD and ADHD still pose negative side effects, as do other ADHD medications.
Concerta Side Effects include:
_ abdominal pain
_ aggravation, nervousness, hostility, sadness
_ drug dependence
_ insomnia and prolonged sleepiness
_ loss of appetite
_ increased coughing, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection
_ allergic reaction
_ increased blood pressure
_ psychosis (abnormal thinking or hallucinations).
Concerta should not be used by people with marked anxiety or agitation, glaucoma, or tics or during
treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
The stimulant methylphenidate, also used in Ritalin, is the active ingredient in the Concerta
medication for ADHD and ADD. The medical community has not yet determined the long-term effects of
having methylphenidate in the bloodstream for prolonged hours every day for numbers of years.
In stating the potential for abuse and dependence on this drug, the Concerta manufacturer also
instructs people to inform their doctor if their child has ever used or been dependent on alcohol or
drugs, or if the child is now using or dependent on alcohol or drugs.
Concerta, along with all other ADHD medications currently on the market, is not recommended for
children under the age of six since its safety and effectiveness has not been determined. Despite
ADHD drug manufacturer's own labels warning against prescribing these powerful drugs to young
children, doctors increasingly prescribe ADD medications to children under the manufacturer
Parents should carefully consider the health effects of placing small children on medications for
ADD and ADHD, even if the child's health care provider prescribes an medication for ADHD or ADD. The
Concerta medication is about 70 percent effective in decreasing the symptoms of Attention Deficit
Disorder, which is about the same level of effectiveness to Ritalin, Adderall and Strattera.
Although the prevailing ADHD medications have about the same level of effectiveness on the general
population, children and adults react differently to the different formulations. Ritalin might
produce severe side effects while Concerta side effects might be minimal. Adderall side effects
could present themselves differently than Strattera side effects.People using ADHD medications know
that these little pills are never the "cure-all" answer. Attention Deficit requires a multifaceted
approach which requires many different tactics and combination of tactics. What works is highly
individual, depending on individual needs.Many people with Attention Deficit Disorder and parents of
children with Attention Deficit Disorder find great Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD success from
diet supplementation - especially with amino acids and essential fatty acids - a shift in parenting
tactics, modifying the home and school environment, biofeedback, neuro-linguistic programming,
stress relief measures and exercise.
The greatest successes are found by being bold and trying a combination of many measures.
bio: Jeannine Virtue is a freelance journalist and mother of an Attention Deficit Disorder son.
Visit the Attention Deficit Disorder Help Center at http://www.add-adhd-help-center.com for effective drug-free alternatives to Ritalin,
Concerta and other ADHD medications.
- Name: Jeannine Virtue - author
- Date: 02/17/03 at 17:13
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