What is Concerta?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Methylphenidate

Concerta® is a brand name for methylphenidate, a medication used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 163 95
Fatigue 53 30
Problems concentrating 53 24
Attention deficit disorder 21 19
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 14 9
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 6 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 31
Mild 58
None 59

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Concerta

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 14
Irritability 8
Jittery feeling 8
Dry mouth 6
Insomnia 5
High blood pressure (hypertension) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Concerta

Dosage Patients
36 mg/24 hr daily 3
36 mg daily 3
18 mg/24 hr daily 2
18 mg daily 2
27 mg/24 hr daily 2
27 mg daily 2
72 mg daily 2
30 mg daily 1
54 mg/24 hr daily 1
54 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Concerta

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 49
Side effects too severe 29
Other 24
Doctor's advice 23
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Concerta

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Concerta

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 120
Usually 25
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 116
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 11
$25-49 19
< $25 42
Not specified 75

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Concerta after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 7
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 3
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Concerta and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 8
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 5
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2
Amphetamine (Evekeo) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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14 patient evaluations for Concerta

Jan 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 324 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Mar 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 14, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taken of concerta and put on strattera. I used it for 5 years without problems, but then started developing hypertension. So we are trying strattera too see the effect on the blood pressure
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 14, 2012 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I am very fortunate - I have not had any side effects - I have heard from other people taking Concerta that they have had problems with headaches, aggression and loss of appetite
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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