Finding the best Concerta dosage depends on many variables such as age, other medications you may be taking, other medical conditions you may have, and whether you have ever taken other ADD/ADHD medications that contain Methylphenidate, the active ingredient in Ritalin.
What Is Concerta?
Concerta is is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and is essentially an improved form of Ritalin.
It typically begins working within 30 to 60 minutes and has an average duration of about 10 to 14 hours.
Concerta has some important advantages and distinctions over other prominent ADHD medications such as Ritalin. For example, Concerta lasts longer, can be taken just once daily, and it wears off more gradually compared to Ritalin.
It is available in 4 different doses: 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. For ages 6 to 12 years old the starting dose is 18 mg once daily to a max of 54mg daily.
For ages 13 to 17 years old the starting dose is 18 mg once daily with a max of 72 mg. For ages 18 to 65 years old the starting dose is 18 or 36 mg once daily to a max of 72 mg.
For those who have taken a Methylphenidate-based medication before such as Ritalin the starting dose may be higher.
As a stimulant medication there is a risk of dependence and abuse. As a result, Concerta should be administered carefully to those with a history of substance abuse or addiction.
Remember to take it at the same time every morning after waking up. If you forget, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take any skipped doses in the afternoon or evening because it is meant to be taken in the morning.
This medication is a stimulant and can cause sleep disturbances. Do not double up doses. Concerta can be taken with or without food. Always swallow the tablets; do not crush or chew them.
It goes without saying that this medication should only be taken exactly as prescribed under the direct supervision of a doctor. Regular medication monitoring appointments are required to track progress and therefore receive the maximum benefit.
Report any negative side effects or complications to your doctor. Do not stop or alter your Concerta dose without working with your prescribing healthcare provider.
Abrupty stopping any stimulant medication can result in withdrawal.