CONCERTA® (kon SER-ta)
(methylphenidate HCI) Extended-release Tablets
Read the Medication Guide that comes with CONCERTA® before
you or your child starts taking it and each time you get a refill.
There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not
take the place of talking to your doctor about you or your child’s
treatment with CONCERTA®.
What is the most important information I should know
methylphenidate HCI and other stimulant medicines:
1. Heart-related problems:
sudden death in patients who have heart problems
or heart defects
stroke and heart attack in adults
increased blood pressure and heart rate
Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems,
heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of
Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart
problems before starting CONCERTA®.
Your doctor should check you or your child’s blood pressure
and heart rate regularly during treatment with CONCERTA®.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any
signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness
of breath, or fainting while taking CONCERTA®.
2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
new or worse behavior and thought problems
new or worse bipolar illness
new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility
Children and Teenagers
new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices,
believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or
new manic symptoms
Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child
have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or
Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any
new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while
taking CONCERTA®, especially seeing or hearing things
that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are
What Is CONCERTA®?
CONCERTA® is a central nervous system stimulant prescription
It is used for the treatment of attention deficit and
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). CONCERTA® may help
increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity
in patients with ADHD.
CONCERTA® should be used as a part of a total treatment
program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.
CONCERTA® is a federally controlled substance (CM)
because it can be abused or lead to dependence.
CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and
Selling or giving away CONCERTA® may harm
others, and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family
history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol,
prescription medicines or street drugs.
Who should not take CONCERTA®?
CONCERTA® should not be taken if you or your child:
are very anxious, tense, or agitated
have an eye problem called glaucoma
•have tics orTourette’s syndrome, or a family history of
Tics are hard to control repeated
movements or sounds.
•are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-
depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
are allergic to anything in CONCERTA®.
See the end of this
Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.
CONCERTA® should not be used in children less than 6 years
old because it has not been studied in this age group.
CONCERTA® may not be right for you or your child.
starting CONCERTA® tell your or your child’s doctor about
all health conditions (or a family history of) including:
heart problems, heart defects, or high blood pressure
mental problems including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness,
tics orTourette’s syndrome
seizures or have had an abnormal brain wave test (EEG)
esophagus, stomach, or small or large intestine problems
Tell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant, planning to
become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Can CONCERTA® be taken with other medicines?
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your
child take including prescription and nonprescription
medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
and some medicines may interact with each other and cause
serious side effects.
Sometimes the doses of other medicines
will need to be adjusted while taking CONCERTA®.
Your doctor will decide whether CONCERTA® can be taken with
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:
anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
blood thinner medicines
blood pressure medicines
cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
Know the medicines that you or your child takes.
Keep a list of
your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.
Do not start any new medicine while taking CONCERTA®
without talking to your doctor first.