Information about Concerta: Includes the warnings, side effects, precautions and drug interactions.
IMPORTANT NOTE | TITLE | HOW TO PRONOUNCE | COMMON BRAND NAMES | USES | OTHER USES | HOW TO TAKE | SIDE EFFECTS | PRECAUTIONS | DRUG INTERACTIONS | OVERDOSE | NOTES | MISSED DOSE | STORAGE
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
TITLE METHYLPHENIDATE SUSTAINED ACTION, OSMOTIC - ORAL
HOW TO PRONOUNCE (meth-ill-FEN-eh-date)
COMMON BRAND NAMES Concerta
USES This medication is used to treat attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
HOW TO TAKE
Take this medication once daily in the morning. It can
be taken with or without meals. Swallow this medication whole with a full glass
of liquid. Do not chew, crush or divide it. Use this medication exactly as
prescribed. Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently or use it for a
longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming.
Also, if used for a long period of time, do not suddenly stop using this without
first consulting your doctor. When used for extended periods, this medication
may not work as well and may require different dosing. Consult your doctor if
the medication isn't working well.
Loss of appetite, blurred vision, dizziness,
lightheadedness, headache, dry mouth, stomach upset, sleeplessness, irritability
or constipation may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the
medication. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Inactive
parts of this drug may be passed in your stool as a harmless soft mass that may
look like the original tablet. This is normal for this drug. Notify your doctor
if you experience: weight loss, chest pain, nervousness, pounding heart,
difficulty urinating, mood changes, yellowing eyes and skin. In the unlikely
event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical
attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling,
dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above,
contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of:
seizures or motor tics, Tourette's disorder, glaucoma, high blood pressure,
severe anxiety, alcoholism, drug dependence, mental conditions, narrowing or
blockage of the esophagus/stomach/intestines (e.g., esophageal stricture, small
bowel obstruction), any allergies. If this medication makes you dizzy or
lightheaded, use caution driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
Methylphenidate should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if
methylphenidate passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before
Certain medications taken with this drug could result in
serious, even fatal, drug interactions. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (e.g.,
furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline,
isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine) within 2 weeks before or after treatment with
this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor of all nonprescription and
prescription drugs you may use, especially: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin),
medications for seizures, medicine for depression (tricyclics such as
amitriptyline), high blood pressure medicine (e.g., guanethidine). Do not start
or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison
control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US
national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their
local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include dilated
pupils, vomiting, nervousness, agitation, twitching, tremors, flushing,
sweating, severe or persistent headache, seizures, irregular heartbeat, dry
mouth, and loss of consciousness.
NOTES Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered and take
any remaining doses at evenly spaced times. If it is near bedtime or near time
for the next dose, skip that dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do
not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F
(between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in