What is Concerta?
Concerta (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant.
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 adults and children 6 years of age and older.
Concerta may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Concerta if you have glaucoma, tics or Tourette’s syndrome,
or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation.
Methylphenidate may be habit-forming, and this medicine is a drug of abuse.
Tell your doctor if you have had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in people with high blood pressure,
Do not use Concerta if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days,
Concerta may cause new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior),
especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder.
Call your doctor right away if you have signs of psychosis such as paranoia,
aggression, new behavior problems, or seeing or hearing things that are not real.
Before taking Concerta
You may not be able to use Concerta if you are allergic to methylphenidate, or if you have:
a personal or family history of tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette’s syndrome; or
severe anxiety, tension, or agitation (stimulant medicine can make these symptoms worse).
Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in certain people.
Tell your doctor if you have:
Concerta is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.