Common Concerta side effects include decreased appetite, irritability, and insomnia. Since Concerta is a stimulant, Concerta side effects are similar to those of any other stimulant drug.
What Is Concerta?
Concerta is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
It works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.
Appetite loss is a relatively common side effect of all stimulants. It can range from mild to severe. If it is a problem, inform your doctor who can alter dosages and medication times. Sometimes a
larger breakfast, small lunch and large supper can provide relief. Similarly, an evening snack can also be beneficial.
Insomnia: Difficulty Falling Or Staying Asleep
Sometimes sleep disturbances are due to ADHD itself, not the stimulant medication. Therefore, it is a good idea to take a sleep history before starting taking any stimulants. If sleep disturbances are due to the medication, there are several options such as adjusting dosages and medication times.
Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for an hour as the drug wears off. One can avoid rebound by spacing the doses closer together, giving a smaller dose after the final larger dose, or by switching to a longer acting stimulant.
Recently several new long-acting stimulant preparations have been released. Although the long-acting compounds often have less rebound, it may still occur in susceptible individuals.
"Jitters" Or "Shakes"
Ever consumed too much caffeine? Like all stimulants, Concerta produces the jitters and the shakes. To avoid this try eliminating all caffeine and other stimulants. A small dose of a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure medication) can block tremors, shakes and jitters. Be sure to eat regular meals and ingest some food.
Another common Concerta effects, and a common side effect of any stimulant. Take the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Mood Changes: Irritability
Irritability may be due to Attention Deficit, but if it is due to the medication the dosage may be altered or another ADHD medication could be substituted.
In addition, headaches or other adverse physical side effects may cause individuals to be irritable, especially children who may not fully understand how medications affect the human body. If this occurs, educate the child to become more aware of how the body reacts to medications.
All medications have side effects, both positive and negative. If you are experiencing adverse side effects report them to your prescribing doctor. If the side effects are severe, such as irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, seizures, hallucinations, etc. seek assistance at the nearest hospital emergency room.
The best course of action to take in order to avoid severe reactions is to only take Concerta exactly as prescribed by your treating doctor. Do not take more than recommended, and do not take any prescription medication that was not prescribed specifically for you.