Concerta - What Is it?
Concerta, or methylphenidate extended-release is a medication that is available only by prescription to treat ADHD in teenagers and children. It is meant to be a slow release medication. Since it is slowly released, it is a once daily medication, which helps to avoid needs for medicine at school and work. Since this is a stimulant drug, it is often abused, so there are special guidelines for dispensing and prescribing it.
Who is the manufacturer of it?
Concerta is made by ALZA Corp. It is marketed and distributed by a company called McNeil Pediatrics.
Concerta - How it Works
Although Concerta is actually a stimulant, the effects are often calming. Stimulants such as caffeine have the potential to cause a person to become hyperactive, but this drug offers the opposite effect. How exactly this medication works is not clear, but it is certain that Concerta works with the brain chemicals (visit D2 receptors and Methylphenidate).
The medication in Concerta works in stages. The outside of the tablet is a quick dissolving medication to immediately release a dosage and the inside dissolves slowly to release the medication slowly.
There have been many studies that have examined the use of Concerta to treat ADHD symptoms. Following is information regarding the results of the studies:
Potential Concerta Side Effects
As is the case with all medications, there are potential side effects while taking Concerta. Not all that take this medication will notice side effects, as it is generally well tolerated. When side effects are noticed, they are usually minor and require no treatment. There is the potential for less common serious effects.
Most commonly reported side effects are: Headaches, Dry mouth, Nausea, Insomnia, Loss of appetite.
Concerta also has the potential to increased blood pressure. Usually, this is a temporary change and doesn't cause health issues. Also, this medication has been found to increase the potential for seizures and has the potential to increase the severity of certain mental problems and heart conditions.