Concerta is a brand product that contains Methylphenidate, which belongs to a class of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It works by increasing the concentration of dopamine in your brain to increase your brain activity. It is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Concerta is available as extended-release tablets. Swallow whole and do not chew or crush.
For ADHD children between 6-17 years old, the starting dose is 18mg once daily in the morning. For adults, the starting dose is 18-36mg once daily in the morning. The maximum daily dose is 54 mg in children, 72mg in adolescents and 108mg in adults.
Common side effects of Concerta include mood changes, loss of appetite, irregular heartbeats, stomach discomfort, insomnia, and decreased weight. Growth retardation may also occur in children.
Common dosing schedule:
Take with or without food, usually in the morning
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Concerta may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Concerta is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Concerta in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.
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