Concerta Methylphenidate


What is Concerta?

Generic Concerta contains the active ingredient methylphenidate hydrochloride or methylphenidate. Concerta 27 mg pill contains methylphenidate hydrochloride 27 mg. Concerta 54 mg pill contains methylphenidate hydrochloride 54 mg.

This drug improves the activity of certain parts of the brain that show reduced activity. This medication may help improve concentration and reduce the likelihood of impulsive behavior.

Treatment with Methylphenidate should be started and continued only under a doctor's supervision. You can also buy Concerta online at our pharmacy if your doctor has recommended the drug for treating depression.

Concerta indications

Concerta is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children from 6 years old and adults.

It is also possible to buy Concerta online in our pharmacy for the treatment of depression.

Concerta for depression

Concerta is also used in the treatment of depression (with or without the presence of ADHD) in adjuvant therapy.

The drug is also used to treat depression in patients with multidrug-resistant treatment of the disorder with antidepressants.

Concerta has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of depression in adults at doses of 10 to 40 mg a day. 

Concerta vs Adderall

Both of these medications are effective in treating symptoms of ADHD, but Concerta is a long-acting drug and Adderall does not last as long. However, there is a long-acting version of Adderall called Adderall XR

Concerta is a drug that contains the active ingredient methylphenidate in a long-acting form. Concerta is almost the same as Ritalin, but Concerta releases the drug evenly and for a longer period of time.

This prolonged action is the main difference between Concerta and analogues with the active ingredient methylphenidate.

Adderall, on the other hand, is also used to treat ADHD, but it contains other active ingredients, namely amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

The action of Concerta lasts 12 hours after a single dose, while the action of Adderall reaches its peak in about 3 hours, and Adderall XR lasts about the same amount of time - about 12 hours.

How many mg of Concerta is equal to Adderall?

The Adderall version is not comparable to Concerta because they are effective for different periods of time. However, it is estimated that about 36 mg of Concerta is equivalent to 10 mg of Adderall XR (long-acting). 

Concerta: Dosage

For the treatment of ADHD.

Use in children (from 6 years of age). Start treatment with Concerta at a dose of 18 mg once a day. The maximum daily dose is 54 mg.

Use in adults. Adult patients may require a higher daily dose, but the physician may prescribe the lowest effective dose.

For adults who have not taken Concerta before. Begin treatment with Concerta at a dose of 18 mg once daily. The highest daily dose is 72 mg.

For depression in adults. Concerta has been shown to be rapidly effective in treating depression in adults at doses of 10 to 40 mg daily. A doctor should prescribe a more precise dosage.

Only your doctor should adjust the dose, as regular monitoring is necessary when taking this medication. 

How long does Concerta last?

The action of Concerta lasts for 12 hours after ingestion. The elimination half-life is about 3 and a half hours. About 90 percent of the substance is excreted by the kidneys and 1 to 3 percent by the intestines within 48 to 96 hours. 

Concerta: Overdose

If it is suspected that the patient has taken too much Concerta, a doctor should be seen immediately. Emergency medical treatment may be necessary.

Signs of overdose include: vomiting, agitation, tremors, increased uncontrollable movements, seizures, feeling very agitated, confusion, hallucinations, headache, high fever, high blood pressure, dilated pupils and dry mouth or nose. 

Concerta: Side effects

Like all medications, Concerta can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.

They often occur:

  • Irregular heartbeat, arrhythmias, and heart malfunctions;
  • Changes in mood or mood swings or personality changes;
  • Decreased appetite, anorexia.

Infrequent: Suicidal thoughts or suicidal intentions, hallucinations, uncontrollable speech and body movements (Tourette's syndrome), allergies (rash, itching, urticaria, swelling of face, lips, tongue or other body parts, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in breathing).

What are the side effects of long-term therapy of Concerta? 

With long-term use, Concerta is addictive. Abuse of this drug can also lead to: high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, insomnia and fatigue, decreased appetite and malnutrition, anxiety and paranoia. 

Does Concerta cause weight loss?

Concerta causes weight loss because patients often have decreased appetite. Therefore, you should especially watch your diet and nutrition while taking this medication. If weight loss occurs, you should contact your doctor to adjust the therapy. 

What are Concerta's interactions?

Patients should not take methylphenidate if they are taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks a medication used to treat depression, monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Consult a doctor or pharmacist if long-term unwanted effects occur. Also, report any medications that are taken regularly. 

Concerta and alcohol

You should not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Alcohol can increase or affect the appearance of side effects. However, alcohol has no effect on the effects of the medicine. 

Concerta: Сontraindications

Concerta is not prescribed if the patient has one or more conditions:

  • allergy to methylphenidate or any other ingredient of this medication;
  • problems with the thyroid gland;
  • increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma);
  • the presence of an adrenal tumor (pheochromocytoma);
  • an eating disorder such as “anorexia nervosa”;
  • high blood pressure or constriction of blood vessels, which can cause pain in the arms and legs;
  • heart problems;
  • problems with blood vessels in the brain;
  • you are currently taking, or have taken within the past 14 days, certain antidepressants;
  • mental illness.

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