Concerta | Methylphenidate extended release
Medication class: Central Nervous System stimulant
Manufactured by: Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Approval date: August 2000
What is Concerta and how does it work
Concerta contains methylphenidate, which is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that acts like amphetamine but has milder effects than amphetamine. Concerta increases the concentration of neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and dopamine) in the brain. The mechanism of action in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is unknown. Concerta is a controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence.
What does Concerta treat
How effective is Concerta
What are interesting facts about Concerta
How is Concerta dosed and administered
Concerta is supplied as 18, 27, 36 and 54 mg extended release tablets and administered in the morning. Tablets must be swallowed whole and should not be chewed, divided or crushed.
What are the side effects of Concerta
Common: A headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, anorexia (loss of appetite), dizziness, nervousness, irritability, tics, cough, insomnia, increased blood pressure.
Serious: Dependency, psychosis, manic episodes, sudden death, stroke, abnormal heart beats, seizures, growth suppression (long-term use), and severe allergic reactions.
Concerta drug interactions
What is the cost of Concerta
Concerta costs about $6 to $30 per tablet.
How to receive prescription assistance for Concerta
For prescription assistance for Concerta please contact Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Reference: Concerta FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.
Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.