Thursday October 30th 2014

How long does Concerta stay in your system?

Generally, Concerta is eliminated by the body within 2 days of taking the medication.   For comparison,  Adderall last in your system even longer.  Here you’ll find more information on how long Concerta affects the body, including peak levels, half life and elimination time.  And please ask your questions about Concerta use at the end.  We respond to all legitimate inquiries with a personal and prompt response.

How do you take Concerta?

Concerta is a tablet taken orally once daily in the morning with or without food. Therapeutically, Concerta is swallowed whole but can be abuse when chewed, divided, or crushed.

What is Concerta used for?

Concerta is central nervous system stimulant prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults up to the age of 65.

Peak levels and half life of Concerta

Concerta is a formula which contains methylphenidate hydrochloride and has been designed as an extended release (ER) medication. Originally, ADHD medications containing methylphenidate were immediate release (IR) formulations, and had rapid onsets and short durations of action. However, IR formulas needed to be given least twice daily for optimal ADHD treatment throughout the day. Today, ER formulas are now considered more practical alternatives for treating symptoms of ADHD as once daily doses minimize the fluctuations between peak and minimum concentrations associated with IR methylphenidate.

Onset of effects occurs within 30-60 minutes after taking Concerta. After that, duration of action lasts from 8-12 hours. And the average times to reach peak plasma concentrations across all doses of Concerta occur between 6-10 hours. The average half-life for Concerta in adults is about 3.5 hours.

Concerta drug testing

Urinary excretion accounts for nearly all of the elimination of the stimulants and their metabolites. So urine screens are the most effective means for testing for Concerta use. The federal drug detection limit for methylphenidate HCl is 300 ng/mL. So how long does Concerta stay in the body? Concerta is generally eliminated from the body within 32 hours of last dose.

Concerta and addiction

Although addiction liability (such as Adderall addictive properties)  is most high when you take a drug for effect or to get high, you can still get addicted to Concerta if you are taking it in doses or methods other than recommended by a doctor. In fact, chronic use of Concerta for effect can lead to tolerance (the need for higher doses for similar effect) and psychological dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior. This is why Concerta should be given cautiously to patients with a history of drug dependence or alcoholism.

Doctors need to monitor Concerta use to recommend dosage changes. If you’re not getting the right doses, you may mistakenly become physically dependent on the drug, and perhaps even develop a psychological dependence, too. And if you believe that you may be addicted to Concerta, you need medical supervision during withdrawal because severe depression may occur or reveal the symptoms of other underlying mental health disorders that may require follow-up.

Problems with Concerta?

If you think that you have a problem with Concerta, you just well may. If you are misusing the stimulant to get high or have become physically and mentally dependent on Concerta to get through work or school…you can get help. If you are ready to stop using Concerta, or have questions about its use and abuse, please leave them in the comments section below. We respond to all legitimate concerns personally and will try to help you as best we can.

Reference sources: FDA data for Concerta (methylphenidate HCl) Extended-release Tablets
Long-acting stimulants: development and dosing
National Institute of Justice Color Test Reagents/Kits for Preliminary Identification of Drugs of Abuse

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138 Responses to “How long does Concerta stay in your system?
Nicholas
11:21 am December 8th, 2011

It’s worth noting that Concerta (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that also contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Catty
6:07 am December 22nd, 2011

Hello, i only use Concerta when i need to focus on work. I haven’t used it in 3 days.. Is it out of my system for drugs testing for my PO??

4:13 pm January 3rd, 2012

Hi Catty. Are you using Concerta with a prescription, or not? Concerta will probably not be detected if you take it infrequently and you are taking a drug screen 3 days after use… as it is normally out the system within a day and half after taking it. Does this help?

Vanessa
8:37 pm January 29th, 2012

My son 11, was prescribed concerta 18 mg. I gave it to him once and the side effects were too much. I have not given it to him since. By him only taking one dose and no more, can he have prolonged issues?

4:11 pm February 3rd, 2012

Hi Vanessa. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication, but taking one dose of methylphenidate as a long-acting extended-release tablet (Concerta) should have no real long term side effects associated. Starting medications with a low dose of methylphenidate and gradually increase dosage helps doctors evaluate how the medication is working and make adjustments as needed. And let us know what your doctor says!

maggy
6:24 pm February 20th, 2012

hi i was taking concerta when i was 15 till i was 17 and nothing bad happened and i was just represcribed it and its been doing bad for me…. i dont eat, mood swings, deppression, i start thinking things that i shouldnt and no not suicide stuff just things bout life and pattern stuff which was driving me crazy and would get me dizzy and antisocial…. im a very fun happy girl and i hate fights and arguements and have always been able to control my mood swings well i used to be all of that untill i went back on the meds and ever since then i have been a completly diffrent girl and i hate it but honestly to everyone whos gonna take this medication please do becareful!!!!

kiki
6:32 pm February 21st, 2012

My daughter is 16 and a rower for her school. she is not allowed to use concerta if participating in competitions (on prohibited list of the world anti-doping agency/WADA) How long will it take to work out of her system? She takes 36mg daily. Only given during week (Mon-Fri).

11:05 am February 22nd, 2012

Hi Maggy. Thanks for sharing more about side effects of Concerta. Are you taking Concerta for attention issues? Have you talked with your doctor about adjusting doseage or trying other medications?

11:10 am February 22nd, 2012

Hi kiki. Thanks for your question. From our research, Concerta should be out of the system and undetected by drug screens within 1-2 days of last use. But you might want to consult with both your doctor and a pharmacist about this issue if the school is drug testing for Concerta. Also, most testing centers will accept a doctor’s note or prescription and waive a positive test if Concerta is used for medical reasons. Have you called WADA and asked more about this issue? It might be a good idea, especially if your daughter is in medical need of Concerta.

Maria
11:41 pm March 1st, 2012

im a 15 year old femele and lately i have been geting really bad head acks and feel like im going to throw up if i dont take my concerta and i feel it helps somedays but sometime not and i tend to shake in my seat at school or my i cant hold anything still and i feel very depressed and have suisidal thoughts and i feel drained tired weak and am up all night and sleep all day what do i do ?

12:13 pm March 2nd, 2012

Hello Maria. I’d suggest that you call the doctor who prescribed you Concerta IMMEDIATELY and report these side effects. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been taking Concerta for a while or if you’ve just started. I am especially concerned about the suicidal thoughts. Write ALL the symptoms down on a piece of paper and call your doctor’s office and ask for a phone consultation. If necessary, plan an office visit.

Does this help?

maria
4:39 pm March 2nd, 2012

the thing is tho … the side effect that makes you not hungry i feel like i need it for that. i feel like it doesn’t help me at school but makes me alert in the morning like first period and then i start to get depressed and tired and distracted and dizzy and when lunch comes i don’t eat anything and i sit at lunch alone also even when I’m off the pill i still have all the side effects !!and i have never been happy with or with out this pill and i need to lose weight i want to feel beautiful for once but if i let go of this pill i could lose that because when I’m off of it i don’t stop eating could i die from all of this ………….. ~ sincerely scared, confused, tired, alone, 15 year old maria

6:06 pm March 2nd, 2012

Dear Maria. Concert a can decrease appetite. But it is not a healthy weight loss tool. As a teen, if you are using Concerta for weight loss you could be starting lifelong problems that affect your self-esteem. You could even become an amphetamine addict!

I know that this might not mean a lot to you right now, but the only healthy way to lose weight is by eating a balanced diet and exercising.

Is there a school counselor who you can trust to talk with? I think that there is probably a lot more going on under the surface, and taking Concerta is just covering up some emotional issues. If you don’t have someone you can trust, I’ll send you some hotline numbers you can call. I think that you need to talk to someone and figure out what makes you feel so alone and how you can connect with other people to make friends.

maggy
8:04 pm March 2nd, 2012

i have talked to my pcp and was taken off it and am taking seroquel xr 50mg for the uncontrolable moodswings that concerta caused and i am still having difficulty with my appitite due to that medication…. i am about to start taking something diffrent for my adhd within a month since my doctor wants to make sure that im still doing good on the seroquel xr

5:26 am March 3rd, 2012

Hi Maggy. Did you experience any withdrawal symptoms coming off the Concerta?

maggy
4:53 pm March 3rd, 2012

my moodswings started going away and i was getting more tired easier…. id go to bed earlier and started loosing concentration at work and i still didnt start eatting just loosing weight i couldnt even look at food without getting sick even if it was something i really liked

7:03 pm March 3rd, 2012

Thanks for sharing more about your experience with Concerta, Maggy. I hope that it can help others who are looking for alternatives.

kathy
10:39 am March 27th, 2012

My grand-daughter is on Concerta and we just took her off, really bad mood swings, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, and has has lost 5 lbs., she went from size 6X to a size 6, she is 7 yrs. old, has been on Concerta since end of January 2012.she also has has nightmares, a follow up with the doctor is in 14 more days.

12:06 pm March 27th, 2012

Hi Kathy. Thanks for sharing about your granddaughter’s withdrawal from Concerta. Do you have a particular question about the process or the medication?

Ryan
3:46 pm April 10th, 2012

I was just prescribed concerta after not liking the feeling of adderal (felt too euphoric and then very edgy when it would wear off) and vyvanse (i liked the low-key onset, but it lasted too long in my body and i wasn’t able to sleep).

How long should I expect the stimulating effects of concerta to last? If I take it in the am will I be able to sleep?

1:19 pm April 11th, 2012

Hi Ryan. Thanks for your question.

Concerta is the long-acting extended-release tablet version of methylphenidate. In studies on school children, the effects of long acting Concerta lasted for 12 hours or more and effects on sleep and appetite were about the same for this controlled release version compared with immediate release methylphenidate. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11389303).

If you’re having problems sleeping, you can ask about immediate release methylphenidate, which has a shorter duration of action and is taken multiple times per day, if needed. Does this help?

Laurie
1:46 pm April 12th, 2012

I think I accidently took one of my son’s concerta’s today. I had it on the counter with an aleve for myself and turned around to give it to him and it was gone. I am not even sure if I even ever took the concerta out of the bottle. Here is the problem…I am on probation and have random drug screens, how long would this show up in my system for?

2:15 pm April 12th, 2012

Hi Laurie. One single dose of Concerta can be detected for a couple of days after you take it. So the amphetamines can be detected in a standard DOT 5 panel test….but you would probably know if you took the Concerta from the associated effects such as restlessness, anxiety or stimulation. Have you felt symptomatic in the past hours or not?

shelby
7:57 pm April 19th, 2012

hi, i was wondering i accidently took one 36 mg of concerta the day before a urine test…the next day i excercised for an hour running. do you think i my test will come up positive for concerta? i take a 5 panel drug test

10:49 am April 20th, 2012

Hi Shelby. Yes, a 5 panel drug screen can detect amphetamines in your system. The detection period depends on frequency and amount of use, but it is possible that Concerta use shows up on the urine screen positive for amphetamines.

will
4:22 am April 24th, 2012

hey guys and ladies i took concerta at 1:30 pm yesterday so i could focus for work, the concerta is 36 mgs and i havent taken another one since. i read the article and i see that it gets out your system in 32 hours, which is cool and all but i have a DOT drug screen on thursday, i talked to my friend and he said to drink lots of water and take some niacin any help would be great because i really need this job. plz respond its urgent

11:16 am April 26th, 2012

Hi Will. We can’t advise you on how to prepare for a drug test for Concerta if you have taken it outside of prescription use and are trying to pass a drug screen. We recommend a policy of total transparency and taking responsibility and do not advocate getting around detection.

Cody
4:02 pm April 27th, 2012

Hey, so I’ve been on concerta for a few monthes due to attention issues, and I have very little appetite while on concerta as well as fast heart beat, me and my mom came to the conclusion I should stop taking it to see if these symptoms go away, so I was just wondering if for a person that takes it everyday does it take longer for it to leave your system?

12:56 am April 30th, 2012

Hi Cody. Yes, chronic use over time does require more time for Concerta to leave your system than someone who is using Concerta occasionally. But be sure to withdraw from Concerta under a doctor’s supervision so that you can monitor symptoms and report adverse side effects.

Shaffan
7:11 pm May 9th, 2012

My doctor started me on 18MG Concerta several weeks ago. The first 6-7 days were great with little to no side effects and was helping me to stay on target, etc.

On the 8th day I started to get bad headaches and am now going on my 10th day of bad headaches and nausea. Can concerta cause these side effects EVEN if I didn’t have these side effects till well into the treatment?

12:58 pm May 10th, 2012

Hi Shaffan. Thank you for your question, but I do not have the answer for you. I think that this is a good question for a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor. Maybe you can schedule a phone call with your local pharmacist, or stop by to find an answer…and then let us know!

Iain
8:43 pm May 13th, 2012

I’ve just been diagnosed ADD at the age of 42 and prescribed Concerta. I’ve felt the benfits but I am worried about my reaction times as I compete extensively on Motorsport. I did speak to my practitioner about it and he said I will be ok. Should I be cautious?

11:39 am May 16th, 2012

Hi Lain. Thanks for your question. I do not know the answer, however. I might suggest that you be cautious, and test your reaction times OVER TIME, as Concerta levels even out in your system. And if needed, seek a second opinion.

Donna
6:59 am June 12th, 2012

Gave daughter her concerta 27mg in and pm by accident. What do I do about next dose which should be in an?

12:28 pm June 12th, 2012

Hi Donna. Your question is not really clear. Can you please rephrase?

Colton
8:28 pm June 12th, 2012

i feel used to my 54 mg dose, i haven’t really abused it lately. is there any thing i can do?

12:37 am June 13th, 2012

Hi Colton. Tolerance to Concerta is an expected outcome after long term use. So it’s pretty normal. Are you asking what you can do to lower your tolerance or to stop abusing Concerta?

jim
4:46 am June 14th, 2012

Hello, i am in the military, i am a reservist so i have the possibility of getting urine tested when i go to drill. i just today got prescribed concerta 36mg for school. my question is, are military members allowed to take add/adhd medication while currently serving. My ADD is not affecting me during drill so i simply wont take it then. I have looked at many websites that go back and forth saying waivers are allowed prior to enlisting. i didnt need one because i wasnt taking any add/adhd meds. help?

jim
5:09 am June 14th, 2012

im sorry i should have specified. i was told i had add when i was about 8, i was using ritalin until i was 13. im now 22. served so far for 4 years in the reserve. i have not used any add/adhd med until now. i didnt not tell my recruiter prior to joining because it was to what i thought a non existing issue so i didnt need to tell him. im a marine, i dont know if it matters what branch of service.

10:13 am June 15th, 2012

Hi Jim. The only way to get the answer to your question is to ask. If you are prescribed Concerta for a medical condition, this is not considered abuse. However, I’m not sure of the policies the military has for prescription drug use. You’ll need to ask your direct supervisor for help…and be ready to take whatever action is necessary.

Colton
2:32 am June 20th, 2012

both any help i would like

7:21 pm June 20th, 2012

Hi Colton. You can first talk to your prescribing doctor and see how to taper your dose of Concerta slowly down. Mention symptoms of increasing tolerance and cravings…and ask for a referral to an addiction specialist. You can get medical help during both detox and addiction treatment. In fact, doctors recommend supervised withdrawal for all prescription drugs. Do you know of some local treatment centers? If not, check out the SAMHSA treatment locator database and search by your area code.

rella
9:48 pm July 27th, 2012

im 14 and im want to get off of concerta im taking 54mg and i’ve been taking it for a long time .. my doctor said i can grow out it but i dont know what she means by that

1:03 am July 31st, 2012

Hi rella. I think that she means that you can slowly stop taking Concerta over time. This is called “tapering”. Ask her for a tapering schedule so that you know how to take less and less Concerta over the period of a few weeks….and how you will treat the symptoms of withdrawal. You can do it! And ask about the possible side effects as well. Please let us know if we can help further.

Emily
5:24 am August 7th, 2012

Hello,

I took concerta for adhd during the school year and was off for the summer. I just took one today because I wanted to get myself on it before school starts, so I will not feel.any weird side effects the first day of school. However, I had bad sweating when I took it today and I felt like I was in a dream or on vicodin ( i have previously taken vicodin because of surgery). Anyway, I was wondering if this was normal and how long I should wait to ask my doctor about it. Also, how long do the side effects last when I take it in the morning? by the way, I am 16.

7:18 pm August 7th, 2012

Hi Emily. Good question. Sweating is a signs or symptoms of acute methylphenidate overdosage, the main ingredient in Concerta. This results mainly from overstimulation of the central nervous system and from excessive sympathomimetic effect. It’s possible that you need to decrease dosage before increasing it again to the dose that was working for you during the school year. Call you doctor IMMEDIATELY and ask for advice.

Frances
7:39 pm August 13th, 2012

I stopped taking Concerta about 3 weeks ago. I was taking 36 mg, 3 per day,
Initially, I felt ok. Now I find that depression is worsening daily.
Not sure what to do.
Any help appreciated.

7:44 pm August 13th, 2012

Hi Frances. Yes, cases of dysphoria are typical when you are coming off stimulants. Have you spoken with your prescribing doctor about how to treat this protracted withdrawal symptom? Exercise and diet can be lifestyle changes you can make which can help. But I’m interested in the alternatives that medical doctors have once patients stop taking Concerta….or if they have considered the downside of the medication and the symptoms of coming off?

Smith
5:19 pm August 14th, 2012

My 12 year old son will begin taking 36mg Concerta next week with the start of the school year. Through the process and over the last 3 years of trying to find which medicine/dosage works best for him I always guinea pig the first pill with the change of dosage/brand (I refuse to give my son something I am unwilling to try first, if it’s too strong for me at 240lbs then there is no way I’m putting it into him 85lbs). My reasoning may not make sense to you but done is done and I took one. How long will it be in my system? I do not use drugs of any kind, but have a random screening for work on Wednesday 8/15/12. Please advise…

Smith
5:52 pm August 14th, 2012

I took the pill yesterday Monday morning 7:00am screening is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:45pm 52.5 hrs after taking it.

7:59 pm August 15th, 2012

Hi Smith. I can understand your reasoning. And while not “legal”, it certainly seems to make sense to me (a mother). Concerta usually passes through the system and cannot be detected 1 1/2 days after last dose. Let’s hope so, if you have a random drug test soon!

Bailey
11:13 pm August 21st, 2012

Hi, I’ve been taking concerta for over a year now and have previously been subscriped other ADHD medicine.
I took a concerta right before my doctors appointment this morning (pediatrician). They had me take a check-box test to make sure I was ADHD, and took a urine sample. I am also a medical patient.
When the urine came back, I came back negative for everything except THC.
I’m worried because I may not be able to get my medication anymore! And to doctors, it looks like I’m drug dealing.
Is there something that may have counteracted my ADHD medicine? or do you think they conducted an incorrect urine sample?? Please comment or email me. Thank you!

6:39 pm August 22nd, 2012

Hi Bailey. Drug screens are notorious for administrative errors. Did the doctor’s office confuse your sample for someone else’s? Was there an error in processing? All these things are possible. I’d suggest that you request another drug screen and, if possible, request a hair sample analysis to show proof of taking Concerta as prescribed OVER TIME. Check with your doctor’s office, but definitely appeal the results!

Maddy
3:02 pm August 30th, 2012

So my son has been taking concerta for a little over a year.My ex made a report to a doctor that he hasnt been taking it regularly…Now they will not give him his scripts and want him to take a blood test to make sure he has been taking it.My question is,if he took it on the 24th and has been out till now will it show on the blood tests?

11:42 am September 1st, 2012

Hi Maddy. Most urinalysis tests look for CURRENT drug use rather than drug use in the long term. So if your son hasn’t been taking Concerta for the past week, it probably WON’T show up in a drug screen based on a urine or blood sample. However, you can request a hair sample analysis be taken (perhaps at your own expense) to show your son’s use of Concerta OVER TIME. This is the best way to prove longitudinal use of a prescription medication, as the test is highly accurate even to the dosage for a period of 30 days per inch of hair.

Brenda
2:41 pm September 3rd, 2012

Hi, I have just discovered that my husband my be taking my son’s concerta meds. I discovered where he had gotten his script fills, but my son says he hasn’t had any all summer. My husband is severely depressed and abusing many things including my pain med and alcohol. This, frankly shocks me because I had no ideal that he would take my son’s meds. What are the signs I should look for abuse, withdrawal, ect. He has completely falling off the planet. He has quit his job, spent all of our savings, and retirement funds. we have lost our home, our cars, our futures. I am scared that I will never be able to help him. I can’t make him seek treatment. this must be his choice. I could use any help on this subject.-

11:28 am September 4th, 2012

Hi Brenda. You are right to think that you cannot help an addict in full-blown addiction until the person “bottoms out”. I’d suggest that you seek counsel for yourself and your son from a family psychologist who specializes in drug addiction. Why? Because drug addiction affects the entire family unit and you will need to learn new behaviors for how to set limits so that you do not ENABLE your husband’s drug seeking and drug use. Does this make sense?

You can look for reading about signs of drug abuse by searching for the keyword terms “site:.gov drug abuse signs” or “site:.gov drug abuse symptoms”. This will restrict your search to government-only websites with relevant and topical information.

diane
2:42 am September 23rd, 2012

Will i have withdrawl from chewing about 12 concerta in the last 2 days…

8:58 am September 24th, 2012

Hi Diane. Dependence on stimulants like Concerta usually takes a few weeks of daily, chronic dosing to develop. However, after a binge, it may be possible that you feel acute effects of withdrawal. Seek medical advice in order to safely “come down” and to seek counsel on how to best manage this time after a Concerta binge.

Terri
5:10 am October 13th, 2012

I kust started my chil 7 yrs old back on Concerta Wednesday and he doent act like the same child. Wednesday, morning he took it did great in school but by 7pm he was so whiny, ill, cried for nothing and keep twiching his lips and licking them very bad, Day 2 no meds could not stand seeing him like that. But he is still not being himself cant sleep, lips look BAD, twiching lips is BAD, When will all this Stop? Im calling the doctor first thing in the am i feel bad for stopping it without asking a doctor did i make things worst by stopping it or is it okay?

12:29 pm October 15th, 2012

Hi Terri. As a mother, you have to follow your instincts. Psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, suspicions, etc.) or new manic symptoms are the things to look out for in children and adolescents. Also, Concerta reacts with the following medications…be sure your son is not taking any of these at the same time he’s taking Concerta:

• anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
• seizure medicines
• blood thinner medicines
• blood pressure medicines
• cold or allergy (even over the counter) medicines

Dry mouth is a common side effect of Concerta and might contribute to the lip licking. Be sure that your son is hydrated and perhaps apply a topical skin moisturizer or lip balm. And definitely check in with his prescribing doctor. Let us know how it goes!

More information on drug safety for Concerta here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088575.pdf

Mel
5:17 am October 31st, 2012

I am 20 years old and have been taking concerta since I was in 5th grade. I have taken Concerta almost every day since then and am now up to 72mg. I plan to become pregnant and work with my doctor to tapper off my medications. After I am done tappering off how long should I wait till it is all out of my system and so it will not have any side effects on the baby?

Also, about how long does tappering happen for the average person?

Nancy
3:56 pm October 31st, 2012

My husband is on 72 mg of concerta along with taking buspar and celxa. What are the interactions to all of these together? Since being on all of these he has major anger issues and the counselor is telling me that it is not his medicine that is causing this when I think it is. He has moved out and has taken up drinking something he did not do before going on concerta. He is pre-diabete also. He will not listen to me when I feel that he needs to get a second opinion from another psychiatric regarding all these drugs.

11:02 am November 6th, 2012

Hi Mel. Average time to taper from Concerta is about 2-3 weeks. Some more conservative doctors may taper for longer. While acute detox from Concerta takes about a week or so to recover from withdrawal symptoms, other symptoms can persist and be present for weeks to months afterwards. Especially fatigue. I’d suggest that you speak with an OB/GYN to talk more about a timeline for becoming pregnant, as the first trimester can also bring on extreme fatigue.

Hi Nancy. Buspar is a a serotonergic agonist consisting of buspirone which is prescribed for anxiety. Celexa is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRIs). And Concerta is a stimulant based on methylphenidate. You can check out specific medication guides for these medications on the FDA website here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm

But you are right…it might be best to seek the advice of a psychiatrist or even a pharmacist to try to figure out where the behavioral side effects are coming from.

sylvia
3:38 pm January 9th, 2013

if a child is on concerta during the school term is it necessary to take it during school holidays

1:23 pm January 10th, 2013

Hi Sylvia,

Great question. I think it is one for your local pharmacist or your prescribing doctor. My (non-medical) thinking is that continued use would be preferred, given that ADD or ADHD requires management regardless of environment. But I’d suggest that you seek a medical opinion to be certain.

joao
2:51 pm January 10th, 2013

well i take concerta since last year. i just hate it, i fell bad all the time, depressed, no emocions and a night i fell my brain burning, and a lot of headaches…i dont know if its normal or not. but is there something different, maybe natural that could help me like concerta but without these horrible effects?
thanks, from portugal 16 years

3:35 pm January 10th, 2013

Hello Joao,

Yes, there are some natural ways to treat ADD and ADHD that involve avoiding amphetamine like drugs. I’ve read that including fish oils in your diet as well as avoiding processed foods (especially that include food coloring) helps. Further, an elimination diet can lead to a statistically significant decrease in symptoms.

Read more about diet and ADHD. And talk with your prescribing doctor for more information and seek out alternatives.

10:31 am January 11th, 2013

Hi Andeep. It’s really difficult to find answers about the therapeutic range of methylphenidate in nanograms. I’d suggest that you complete a site:.gov search to include these keywords and read up to learn more.

andeep
3:53 pm January 11th, 2013

please tell me therapeutic range of methylphenidate in nanograms

Jay
9:23 am January 12th, 2013

Hi,

I was prescribed concerta, (36mg) as I was having difficulties concentrating in school. I don’t want to become heavily reliant on the drug, hence I only consume the dosage when I really need to study. In doing so, will I be attaining the full effects? Or would I be required to take the dosage on a daily basis to obtain the full effects? Also, I live a very healthy lifestyle, where I exercise on a daily basis. Would I be able to continue to exercise whilst on concerta?

Jay
6:31 pm January 12th, 2013

Also, another quick question, how does Concerta differ from Vyvanse? (In layman terms)

8:22 am January 14th, 2013

Hi Jay. From what I’ve read, Concerta has a 12-hour duration of effect, regardless of regularity of dosing. So, you’ll have similar effect when taking as needed vs. daily. But check with your prescribing doctor or pharmacist for verification.

Additionally, Concerta is best used by healthy men and women, which I’m assuming would include exercising. But again, check with the professionals in charge of monitoring your prescription for more information. Hope this helps!

Clorinda
5:04 pm January 23rd, 2013

There seem to be vast differences when coming off of Concerta and drugs such as Prozac and Klonopin. It seems the main problem when stopping Concerta is a psychological-like addiction, but not life-threatening, physical symptoms when withdrawing. I took klonopin for many years and I quit cold turkey, which i know was dumb. I vomited, sweat, ached, and a whole lot of other symptoms for about three days. I will never take that class of drug again. But I’ve stopped Concerta for 10 days at a time and felt no withdrawl side effects that I’m aware of. Why are meds such as these so different when it comes to withdrawal?

Sarah
8:38 pm January 23rd, 2013

i have been abusing adderall xr and concerta for almost a year…taking 20 mg of adderall at least 2 times a day with multiple 5 mg concerta (around 25-35 mg) throughout the day…my therapist suggests that i try not taking any for a day or two because it might be exaggerating my bipolar symptoms and that i dont sleep for days on end…what should i expect with suddenly stopping these drugs?

2:01 pm January 24th, 2013

Hi Clorinda. Thanks for your question. Klonopin and Concerta work differently and in different locations in the central nervous system (CNS). The withdrawal symptoms are different because of the way they each interact with the brain and CNS. Thankfully Concerta withdrawal was not too difficult for you. I hope that others’ experiences are similar.

Becky
7:03 pm January 24th, 2013

My daughter takes Zoloft 50 mg daily and is on 36 mg concerta during school days she says it has helped but i hate to see her struggle when doing her homework and tests. She knows the material (is an A / B student) but it takes her 3 times longer than others to complete her work which makes her feel stupid (the struggle). Her doctor thinks the concerta should do the job and has raised her in the last year from 18 to 36mg. Do you have a suggestion of any other medications. Looking for another opinion.

tanner
8:34 pm February 1st, 2013

screw it im addicteed and i sell them for ten dollors best thing to make money

lisa bauerle
7:11 pm February 2nd, 2013

does green coffee bean extact have anything in that will show positive for drug screen

Liz Brown
10:40 pm February 4th, 2013

i have a granddaughter that is on concerta. my granddaughter is 13 yrs old and has attention deficiet disorder. it is giving her too much insomnia and no appettite at all. She can go the whole day without eating anything. she is very tall and very skinny to begin with. Her mother wants to get her off the concerta 18mg. cause it is not doing anything for her but given her only bad side effects. can she just quit cold turkey if she has taken it for only two weeks
im very concerned, thanks for your reply.

2:25 pm February 11th, 2013

Hello Liz. No. It’s not a good idea to go off Concerta cold turkey. Return to your granddaughter’s doctor and request a tapering schedule. Slow, gradual decreases in dosing ensure that withdrawal is minimized and that she feels little to no side effects.

Gabe
9:33 am February 26th, 2013

hi i took a concerta around 9 in the morning for school. it is now 2 am and i still cannot fall asleep. How long until you can fall asleep on a concerta if you do not have adhd or add

Carole
3:40 am February 28th, 2013

I’ve been on concerta for almost two years now. I’m 22 years old. I haven’t done anything different with my dosage (1 27mg/day) and the past 3 weeks to a month I have been having withdrawl effects! I’ve felt very tired, hazy, out of it, random anxious moments, irratiable while I’m on it. Why am I having these withdrawl effects when I haven’t been doing anything differently? I’m thinking about just stopping it until I see my doctor in 2 weeks but I’ve read thats not a good idea.

Joe
3:49 am March 1st, 2013

I take concerta for my ADD. At my last visit to my Dr they had me take a urine test. I am now being told that the test result was inconsistent with me taking it. I take my medicine every morning and I do not know what may have caused this. The Dr is now refusing to treat me any more. Any ideas what could have happened?

10:53 am March 1st, 2013

Hi Joe. It’s possible that a false negative has occurred. This can happen due to administrative error or taking methylphenidate in conjunction with other medications. Ask for a second re-test from the initial urine sample you provided, or ask for another urine sample to be taken.

lesia
2:50 am March 12th, 2013

My son has been on strattera 40 mg for 2yrs now. will be starting generic concerta 18mg soon. i want to start this while on spring break. would be about 9 days before he would start back to school. would that be time for his system to adjust and me monitor him at home. he has add only. He is 9 yrs old. what should i look for that signs maybe diffrent from strattera

Ann
8:07 pm March 21st, 2013

Hi,

I never took Concerta until after finishing my master’s degree. My grades suffered a bit, but I’m smart enough that I made it through. If I took Concerta while in college, I probably would have had a 4.0.

Now, I was fired from my first job the first week of being there because of attention problems. So I started taking 18 mg of Concerta. I have also tried 27 and 36, but prefer the lowest dose possible. Now, my focus has allowed me to be steadily employed for a year, but my personality has changed. I’m not as fun, sweet, and free-spirited. I feel like all the qualities friends and family loved me for are now gone. Sometimes I feel emotionless…and have less desire to socialize because I don’t feel like myself. Is there any way around this?

8:31 pm March 28th, 2013

Hi Ann. Have you spoken with your prescribing doctor about these reported symptoms? Maybe you can also consult with a pharmacist to see how often similar symptoms have been reported.

Lisa Carpenter
3:05 pm April 9th, 2013

My son is turning 13 in couple weeks. He has been on Concerta for 5 years. I took him off of it 3 days ago because I want to try Synaptol, an all natural treatment. He has always taken Clonidine at bedtime and the doc said to continue giving it to him at .3 mg. with all this said,he has been EXTREMELY sleepy the past two days. Falling asleep in almost every class. Is his system reacting to not having the stimulant like it is use to? Or is it because of something else happening?

6:02 am April 10th, 2013

Hi Lisa. Yes, absolutely. This fatigue can be related to withdrawal from Concerta. A gradual dose reduction is preferred to cold turkey removal of stimulants from the system. I’d suggest that you either weather it through and allow him to remain at home for a few days to rest, or start dosing again on Concerta with a doctor’s supervision. Then, taper the dose slowly with a calendar schedule before totally eliminating Concerta from the system, over a long weekend.

Does that help?

Rissa
9:50 am April 11th, 2013

My 16 year old is on 36mg of Concerta per day and has been for about for years now. His doctor has retired and we have had trouble finding a new prescribing doctor, we have just found one and he has 30 days of tablets left but his appointment is 45 days away, if we give him a tablet every second day in your belief will this be better or worse then cold turkey for 15 days?

He is planning on coming of the Concerta completely because he is unable to to get into the defence force while taking them. Would it be better for a doctor to have evidence of a child functioning before asking or waiting and see what happens? Also is it better to go from taking 36mg to taking 18mg for a certain amount of time?

Thank you.

4:33 pm April 12th, 2013

Hello Rissa. Check with a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor on this. Only a medical professional can offer you advice on tapering.

George
8:38 pm April 15th, 2013

My friend has a prescription for 36 mg concerta, I have been having troubles focusing for even short periods of time now so he let me try a few to see if it would help. I have a drug test in 3 days for my job, I didn’t abuse it and decided to stop taking it. Will it get flagged on a drug test?

Jamie
11:00 pm April 18th, 2013

the other day my friend took 130 mg of concerta. that was 29 hours ago. and shes been drinking lots of cranberry juice. can she pass a urine drug test?

Honey
5:37 pm April 23rd, 2013

Hi, if i only need to take one for studying in school, will i be most likely to get psychosis?

Sci
3:27 pm July 2nd, 2013

Hi.

I am on concerta for a bit more then a month, it just started working and I feel stable and more focused.
I have been feeling nauseous most of the day and by lunch time the feeling is gone. This has decreased my appetite (not that I had a great one before).
What I would like to know is if there is any way to make the nausea go away?
I am allergic to valoid, my doctor did suggest an alternative but it will take 4 weeks before it starts to work. My job is working with people everyday and ever time I change medication I have emotional breakdowns that have a big influence on my work and I have lost money already so don’t want to go through that again.
Know I am taking a chance here but would like to see if I can fix this before I make a big change like that again.

Thanks for listening to me complain.
Regards.
Sci

12:45 pm July 3rd, 2013

Hello Sci. I’d suggest that you speak with your pharmacist about the issue with nausea. Ask if dietary supplements like peppermint, ginger, or priobiotics might help address nausea. Or what other alternatives you have to help make Concerta work. Nausea is not fun, but you need medical expertise before making a decision about changing medications.

Lesley
11:41 am July 19th, 2013

My husband was prescribed concerta 54mg at 7am daily 6 months ago. He had to leave town urgently for a week and has left his meds behind. His psychiatrist and GP are both out of town so he is unable to get hold of any. Are there any sudden withdrawal side effects from stopping any dose of concerta suddenly.

chrissy
1:15 am July 20th, 2013

i would fedex him the pills, overnight.

James
11:40 am July 29th, 2013

Hi i was wondering why does it feel like im coming down from a drug bender the night before when my concerta starts to wear off? im 23 yrs old and have had this dosage of 54mg before back in high school which was about 4 and a half yrs ago and it never hit me like a tonne of bricks back then but now after not having for the last few yrs it wears off and i literally become a zombie for 6 – 7 hours i cant game i cant keep conversation going i cant concentrate all i feel like doing is doing brainless things like look stupid stuff up on the net and random facts and my emotional and concentration levels are at a rock bottokm level when this happens

Julie
4:39 pm August 12th, 2013

My daughter takes Concerta for ADHD. She does not like to take it during the summer when school is out. Within 24 hours of her last dose I notice returning symptoms and full symptoms within about three days without her medication.

tom
2:28 am August 16th, 2013

Can I take Concerta and drive a commercial vehicle.I would like to be able to practice full disclosure at the time of the hiring drug test.

marcia frank
5:15 pm August 29th, 2013

Does the body become immune to one stimulant over 2-4 years?
Is it good to switch ?

Charles
5:38 am September 11th, 2013

Hi.
I took a 36 mg dose of the generic form of concerta based on a doctors prescription. Thats the only pill I plan on taking because it made me nervous sweaty not hungry and my head hurt and I’m sleepless.
My question is could that single dose affect a hair drug test? I am currently looking for work. Secondly if it will how long do you think before I wouldn’t have a problem with the hair drug test.

Thanks

Reece
1:44 pm September 30th, 2013

My co-worker three year was over at the babysitters house and accidentally got a Concerta 36mg pill. Her initial side effects were a racing heartbeat along with seeing things or as if things were crawling on her. It’s been 5 days since the incident and she still acts as if she sees things from time to time. Could this possibly be a side affect for the rest of her life or what’s going on?

Jeni Kingon
7:16 pm October 9th, 2013

My son is on Concerta 36mg for ADD especially for school time.He is now doing competitive swimming.According to Fina it is a banned substance.What is the time it takes to be eliminated from the body so he can compete but that he needs to know how long before an event he must stop taking it so he would not test positive.Do you have any suggestions in this regard?Thank you.Regards.Jeni

No1
3:26 am October 21st, 2013

Iv been on concerta since I was 7 and now I’m 16, I just recently started reading about the long term effects of it. I feel like I’m in my own world an spacy and I feel really giggly and hyper when I don’t take it? Should I continue to take concerts or should I stop? Will the feeling I get when I don’t take it eventually stop and will I become normal?

Beth
1:12 am November 17th, 2013

Got a call from a mom. baby sitter gave her 6 year old son his 36 mg concerta XR instead of his clonidine at bed time. it was nearly 12 hours after his morning (correct) dosing. What is the risk of overdose or negative side effects? I did advise not to give any other medication, and to skip tomorrow’s dose of Concerta.

11:14 am November 18th, 2013

Hi Beth. This is a question for a pharmacist or the prescribing doctor. Alternatively, you can call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for round-the-clock drug dosing advice.

John b
3:48 pm November 18th, 2013

I took concerta once and am still a little jittery and keep grinding my teeth some two days later. when will these effects go away?

Katherine
4:22 am December 1st, 2013

Hey, im 14 will I take 36mg concerta and today took 3 but different times and im feeling weird. Can this kill me..?

kelly
11:57 pm December 17th, 2013

My son has bern on conserta for about 3months now 18mg it worked at first for him.he is 7 he is now going back to not focusing in school again I went to 27mg but seemed like to much he couldn’t sleep and act more mean.so I went back to the 18mg its not doing nothing I’m wondering if a natural herbal med would work they have ones that have dmae, phosphatidylserine, Nac, Taurine, l-theanine could u tell me what u think .it was very hard for me to even start him on meds.I don’t want him to fail school

Alex
8:58 pm February 2nd, 2014

I take 18 mg of methylphenidate er every morning.I also take 1 mg every now and then I’ll take 2 mg of clonazepam daily. I’m prescribed it from my doctor and have been using it accordingly. I took a drug test last week in the evening after work and apparently my test came up negative for both I weigh 135 pounds I have a high metabolism and drink a lot of water at work could that be something to do with it I’m unsure and she does not believe that I take the medicine now. And does not want to refill my prescription I do not think this is fair at all what gives?

Joanne Jenkins
6:59 pm February 27th, 2014

My daughter and son-in-law have put my darling grandson on concerta (18 mg) , he was originally on aderol but he lost too much weight and they switched him. He has very little appetite, stomach pains and some trouble sleeping. Yesterday he went to the dr and had not gained in weight He is 8 will be 9 in July and weighs 59.5 lbs. When he started on this medications about 4 mos ago he weighed 65 lbs. I hate this it is harming my grandson, but they listen to no one. I might add they switched pediatricians and the new one prescribed the drugs on the first visit. I believe she is a quack. Am I going to lose my grandson or is this safe for him?

Andrea
7:01 pm May 10th, 2014

Hello, I am in pain management. The night before my last visit, I got up at about 4:00am to use the restroom, and take my pain medicine. About 30-40 minutes later I woke up with my heart pounding and sweating terribly, I thought I was having a heart attack. I went into the restroom and happened to look down and see my daughters bottle of ritilin, after counting the pills, I realized I had accidently taken her medication, they are the same size and shape as mine and I hadn’t turned the light on. I went to my Dr.appt and was given a random ua., it came back showing I had an antidepressant in my system. I told them I take prozac, which I get from them but they decided to send it to a lab anyway. I know I should have just told them the truth, but I was afraid they wouldn’t believe me even know I have been a perfect patient for 7 yrs. Now I’m wondering what test they ordered, and will it show up. And if it shows up, what will it show up as. It has been almost a month and they haven’t called me, my next appointment is in 3 days. I’m afraid of being dishcharged from the practice. I take very strong pain medicine, and if they cut me off of it, I could die from the withdrawals. Any advice would help. Also because I had the reaction from it that I did, does that mean I’m not ADHD. Just wondering.

Lori
2:52 am June 5th, 2014

Just a question, can Concerta be monitored and adjusted weekly? Can it be monitored and Adjusted weekly by a parent that is nurse if a doctor gave them permission? Child is 8.

Joanne Jenkins
5:02 pm June 5th, 2014

I am concerned about my grandson, he is only 8, will be 9 in July. He has lost 14 pounds since starting concerta. While I do see some positive changes, his loss of weight is troubling. He only weighs 54 pounds and looks sickly. I believe he has been on it since Oct. I would like to see him have a break from it but will have to convince his parents.

Shannon
3:28 pm June 13th, 2014

My daughter takes concerta for ADD. She doesn’t have the hyper activity. I’ve thought about taking her off the concerta to give her a break during the summer. I’m scared of what kind of cemical reaction this may have on her brain. I don’t want her to become emotional or depressed.

Dianne
3:23 pm June 15th, 2014

Hi my grandson has been on concerta for 2 yrs now yes it helped with school (he just couldnt concentrate ) however we have decided to take him of concerta for the summer ..he takes 27mg ..only problem is ..its been 4 days and he seems to get irritated easily ..some impulseive behavior … will that get better what are withdrawl symptoms? I did not know you could have withdrawl from concerta ..he to only weights 52 lbs he also takes meds to sleeo when he is on concerta.. takes meds to sleep ..just want him to be himself and have fun this summer hopeing to oneday take him completely off concerta

Elias
12:51 am June 16th, 2014

I have been taking concerta for a month now and i dont sleep dont eat dont do anything just stay on my phone i have HDAD that’s why the doctor told me to take concerta so that i’ll Concentrate on my studies but now i just feel depressed can i just stop it suddenly i dont want to take it anymore i feel like it’s bad for me not good so…my question is can i stop taking it i took a pill in the morning but i dnt want to tom. Or ever can i stop now?(btw:i was 70kilo’s i’m taking 56mg now i’m 59kilo’s)

ocean
11:19 pm June 17th, 2014

I took concerta for about a week, 45 days ago. I have shaved my head twice since i used it. My hair drug test is in a week for my job. Will it still show up on the hair test even though i have shaved my head after i used. Its the only time iv ever used this drug. My hair is now 1 1/2 in long since cut. Please help

jennifer
10:17 pm June 25th, 2014

If you take it and drink tons of water , how long will it take to not show up on a urine drug test?

Luna
12:21 pm June 30th, 2014

I have been prescribed concerta from the doctor because I have ADHD/ADD. He told me to take one pill every morning starting with a dosage of 18mg for 4 days and then the next 4 days would be a dosage of 36mg and after that ill keep on taking a dosage of 52mg. Its been 2 weeks and I had exams, during my exams concerta has been working perfectly keeping me focused but on the last day, the day i slept for only 3 hours because I was studying, I suffered some real pain after finishing my exam, I guess side effects but it was really bad; My stomach hurt so bad, I was feeling extreme nausea and had a massive headache to a point my fever went up at night. I ignored it so the next day I decided to take a dosage of 18 mg, and the effects were there but better than the day before that ive taken 52mg. I stopped it today and I feel much better physically but Im getting back to my old habits of ADHD, my mom told me to stop it because she asked the doctor and he would prescribe me a new medicine but that would be in a week or so, so till then will anything serious happen if i keep on taking concerta on a low dosage even if I have been suffering through all the side effects?

Justin
6:26 am September 9th, 2014

I’ve 20 years old and have been taking Concerta for 13 years and believe that my body has become dependent on it. Whenever I don’t take it, I become extremely fatigued and all I want to do is sleep. I’ve noticed that without the medication, the fatigue is intensified when I eat. It doesn’t matter what I eat either: I still crash. Just to reinstate, I still experience chronic fatigue when not taking it even if I don’t eat.

I physically cannot function without it. I don’t know what to do. I often wonder if it’s withdrawal or something else going on. Help!!!

Tijon
1:37 am September 17th, 2014

hi I take 54 mg of concerta er and im 17. I have adhd and I use it to focus. How evr when I take it I get all depressed looking and I lose my appetite. So I usually don’t take it unless its the day I have a test and I need to focus. My friends notice the day to day change in me but my parents refuse to believe me that it does have to constantly be in your system to work. am I right?

Dora
11:23 am September 22nd, 2014

How long concherta stays in your system with an overdoze of 40 pills 36 mg thanks

Ujjjwala
2:22 am September 23rd, 2014

My 15 years old daughter is taking concerta for last 6months for add and having decrease of appetite mood swing and sleeping problem .If I want to stop taking this medicine there will be any withdrawal effect or not?

Andrea
3:43 pm September 23rd, 2014

To ujjwalla. My twins have been on concerts since kindergarten, they are 12 now. Decrease in appetite is normal as this is a stimulant, so is trouble sleeping. Does your child take it very early in the morning? If not, the sleeping issue will be worse. I sometimes give the girls benedryl at night to help them sleep. Her Dr. can also prescribe something. As for mood swings, my kids had the same problem w but after their bodies adjusted to the medicine it was better. If your child is feeling speedy from the medication then she may not have adhd. The medicine should calm her down and help her focus.

Tammie
5:40 pm September 28th, 2014

My 9yr old son(92lbs) is on Concerta 36mg. He was at a sleepover and came home and I gave him his pill and went to feed the baby. My husband came down and gave him his pill and our son took it out of habit and then freaked because he had just taken it. I called Poison Control and they “think” he will be ok..said to look for him to be overly tired and if he cant stay awake or doesnt engage in normal activity to take him to ER. So im a nervous wreck and want to ask if there are any other side effects I should be looking for and if they occur do I need to get him to ER?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:34 pm September 29th, 2014

Hi Tammie. Good thing you called the Poicon Control Center. The signs of an overdose on Concerta vary depending on a number of factors, such as the dose taken, other medicines taken in combination and other factors. Symptoms of overdose on concerta include: vomiting, muscle twithcing, sweats, increased heart rate, blurred vision, dry mouth, euphoria, headaches, hypertension, hyeractivity, halluciantions, confusion. If your son starts experiencing these symptoms, call for professional help immediately.

Vicki
12:02 am September 30th, 2014

My son is 20 and takes concerta 27 mg 2x’s per day. But ins. stopoed paying for 60 pills. Can he take 54mg once a day and get the same results?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:52 am September 30th, 2014

Hi Vicki. I think it’s best to talk to a doctor about this. Maybe he can, maybe he shouldn’t take one higher dose instead of two lower doses.

keriann
3:21 pm October 5th, 2014

I have been on concerta all of my life. I finally got off of it and took a moodstablizer and started eating which made my weight jump from 87 pounds at 5ft age 21 to 120 pounds in a few months. I tried dieting and excersize and losot my medical but cant get down to a healthy weight. I still have some concerta left but do i take it? I need to lose weight

Jessica
6:03 am October 10th, 2014

hi, I started taking Concerta about a month ago. I only took 1 pill for a school work (’cause I had to pull an all nighter and had to finish a work so I took it) and it was really effective! This week, I, again, had to finish stuff and must regulate my sleep to like maybe just an hour or two… So, I took it 3 days ago and I took another one last night.And again, it worked!! My question now is, what would be the downside of me taking it in a very irregular manner? And another concern… I wouldn’t get addicted to it, would I? I mean, I just use it when I really really need it as in in this case, I badly need to pass my work that’s why I cant afford to take the risk of falling asleep and losing my concentration. btw, I took the 36mg Concerta and the only side effect I have observed is that my fingers and toes kinda get numb and well the good side: I do not feel sleepy

Jessica
6:07 am October 10th, 2014

oh, another side effect: I kinda get ill-tempered. Like I become sensitive to other people. I’m not usually short-tempered but that’s what I’ve observed… is this normal?

Dawson
6:36 am October 15th, 2014

I took two 54 mg pills within an hour, and 5 hours later my vision was all blurry, and my feet kept moving I couldn’t stop them

Nicole
10:23 am October 16th, 2014

I am drinking conserta for the past 4 years before that I was on Ritalin. I am ADHD and that helped me to concentrate. I finished my diploma in Hairdressing. I am 21 and feel that I don’t need the conserta any more. It feels like I am getting moody and negative after I had my tablet in the morning. I also lost a lot of weight. Can I just stop drinking my medication?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:47 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi Nicole. It’s not a good idea to go off Concerta cold turkey. The best way to quit this medication is by slowly, gradualy decreasing doses to ensure that withdrawal is minimized and that you’ll feel little to no side effects.

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