Concerta, which in generic form is called methylphenidate, is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant, meaning it affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control in ADHD patients. Concerta has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines.
While Concerta can effectively help treat ADHD, Concerta should not be taken by people who have glaucoma, severe anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, or a personal or family history of muscle twitches. Additionally, Concerta may be harmful to unborn babies so it should not be taken by ADHD patients who are or plan to become pregnant.
Concerta and ADHD
Concerta is most commonly used to treat ADHD, which is a condition where a person has trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks. ADHD occurs in both adults and children. In addition, ADHD tends to run in families. Unfortunately, doctors do not know what causes ADHD. Moreover, ADHD has no cure. Symptoms of ADHD include:
- difficulty focusing attention
- difficulty sitting still
- action before thinking
Concerta Side Effects
Concerta and other ADHD medications can cause numerous adverse side effects. To begin with, because the medicine in Concerta is addictive, one potential side effect associated with Concerta is abuse. Concerta patients should take the ADHD medicine exactly as prescribed to avoid becoming addicted to Concerta. Another side effect Concerta can cause is slowed growth in children and adolescents taking high doses for extended periods of time. Parents who notice any abnormal changes in their child’s growth should inform a doctor.
Serious, life-threatening Concerta side effects include:
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Kidney (renal) failure
- High blood pressure
Concerta Sudden Deaths
Due to dangerous side effects, some ADHD medications, such as Concerta, Ritalin, and Adderall have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. In addition, Concerta may cause sudden death in adults with heart problems. As a result, people with preexisting heart problems generally should not take Concerta.
Contact us today if you have been injured by an ADHD medication, such as Concerta, Ritalin, or Adderall.