Concerta as one of the classes of psychostimulants technically fits in the methylphenidate group of drugs.
According to the Medline Plus gov website.
Methylphenidate can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, take it for a longer time, or take it in a different way than prescribed by your doctor.
If you take too much methylphenidate, you may find that the medication no longer controls your symptoms, you may feel a need to take large amounts of the medication, and you may experience unusual changes in your behavior.
Tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol, use or have ever used street drugs, or have overused prescription medications.
Do not stop taking methylphenidate without talking to your doctor, especially if you have overused the medication. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually and monitor you carefully during this time. You may develop severe depression if you suddenly stop taking methylphenidate after overusing it. Your doctor may need to monitor you carefully after you stop taking methylphenidate, even if you have not overused the medication, because your symptoms may worsen when treatment is stopped.
Do not sell, give away, or let anyone else take your medication. Selling or giving away methylphenidate may harm others and is against the law. Store methylphenidate in a safe place so no one else can take it accidentally or on purpose. Keep track of how much medication is left so you will know if any is missing.
Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer’s patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with methylphenidate and each time you get more medication. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm) or the manufacturer’s website to obtain the Medication Guide
You can learn more by going to their website here: Concerta Drug Info
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The known side effects for Concerta are a long list. Much the same for the entire range of psychotropics available on the market place.
This pie chart is a good summary to start with and will give a clear indication of what you or someone under your care is going to be in for, if Concerta has been prescribed by a “health professional” in the course of treatment.
One can safely assume. That the side effects experienced would only get worse when Concerta is being consumed with any other drugs….
Here’s a complete list of side effects that may be experienced during the consumption of Concerta.
- Abdominal pain
- Aggressive or hostile behavior
- Angina (sudden acute pain)
- Anorexia Blisters or rash
- Blood pressure and pulse changes
- Changes in mood
- Changes in sex drive or ability
- Changes in vision or blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Dizziness or faintness Drowsiness
- Dry mouth
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Increased irritability
- Involuntary tics and twitching
- Liver problems
- Loss of appetite
- Mental/mood changes
- Muscle or joint pain
- Painful menstruation
- Purple blotches under the skin
- Slow or difficult speech
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Stunted growth
- Suicidal thoughts
- Swelling inside the nose
- Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, or throat
- Toxic psychosis
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unusual sadness or crying
- Unusual weakness or tiredness
- Violent behavior
- Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
- Weight loss
- “Zombie” demeanor
For a complete report of the KNOWN side effects of Concerta – you can download a great detailed report here: Concerta Side Effects
Unfortunately. Neither your doctors, health professionals or pharmacist are going to go to any lengths in ensuring you KNOW the complete side effects of the “meds” they are prescribing and selling you.
In this day and age. It is up to YOU. To take full responsibility for your own health. By getting as fully informed about the disease you are facing.
The available medical treatments. Traditional and non-traditional. Thereby being in a position that is the BEST to making the most appropriate one when you are being prescribed Concerta or you have the responsibility of looking after the well-being of a child, parent or loved one who is being prescribed Concerta for any health “treatment.”