Concerta side effects


Concerta side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Concerta (Methylphenidate) is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Methylphenidate (Ritalin,

Ritalin-SR) is also used to treat narcolepsy (uncontrolled desire for, or attacks of, sleep). Methylphenidate is in a class of medications called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.

Special Warning about Concerta side effects

According to The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), "Methylphenidate can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for longer than your doctor tells you to. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol or drugs."

Concerta side effects and interactions

Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits and make sure that this medicine does not cause unwanted effects, such as high blood pressure.

Methylphenidate may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or changes in vision. Do not drive a car, ride a bicycle, operate machinery, or do other things that might be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.

If you take this medicine in large doses and/or for a long time, do not stop taking it without first checking with your doctor . Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before you stop completely. This is to help reduce unwanted Concerta side effects.

If you think you may have become mentally or physically dependent on this medicine, check with your doctor. Some signs of dependence on methylphenidate are: a strong desire or need to continue taking the medicine; a need to increase the dose to receive the effects of the medicine; withdrawal side effects (for example, mental depression, unusual behavior, or unusual tiredness or weakness) occurring after the medicine is stopped.

Observed Concerta side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Concerta side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Fast heartbeat; increased blood pressure.

Less Commonly Observed

Chest pain; fever; joint pain; skin rash or hives; uncontrolled movements of the body.

Rarely Observed

Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; blurred vision or other changes in vision ; convulsions (seizures); muscle cramps; pinpoint red spots on skin; uncontrolled vocal outbursts and/or tics (uncontrolled and repeated body movements); unusual bleeding or bruising.

Concerta side effects with long-term use or at high doses

Changes in mood; confusion; delusions (false beliefs); depersonalization (feeling that self or surroundings are not real); hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); weight loss.

Concerta side effects from overdose

Agitation; confusion (severe); convulsions (seizures); dryness of mouth or mucous membranes; false sense of well-being; fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); headache (severe); increased blood pressure; increased sweating; large pupils; muscle twitching; overactive reflexes; trembling or shaking; vomiting.

Other Concerta side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Loss of appetite; nervousness; trouble in sleeping.

Less Commonly Observed

Dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; stomach pain.

After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects: Mental depression (severe); unusual behavior; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Other Concerta side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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