Concerta Withdrawal

Is Withdrawal From Concerta Dangerous?

Common Concerta withdrawal symptoms include changes in heart rhythm, depression or sad mood, tiredness or extreme fatigue, or unusual or erratic behavior.

As a stimulant, taking this medication comes with a risk potential for abuse and withdrawal. This is a risk common among all stimulant drugs.

In addition, the body develops tolerance over time which can result in increasing dosages thereby increasing the risk of withdrawal once the medication is discontinued.

Although withdrawal from Concerta is generally not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable.

It can be so uncomfortable that people may start taking the drug again in order to relieve the withdrawal symptoms.

What Is Concerta?

Concerta is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD. It is indicated for use in children, teens, and adults up to age 65.

Since it is slow release, it can be taken once per day which helps user eliminate the need to take pills during the school or work day.

Pregnancy Warning

Also, if pregnant women take this drug the baby may have withdrawal symptoms post delivery. If you are pregnant and taking this medication, talk with your healthcare provider about the safety of using the drug during pregnancy.

How To Avoid Concerta Withdrawal

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If you wish to discontinue taking your medication, do not do it on your own. Work with your doctor who can gradually reduce your dose over time in order to avoid any adverse medical reactions. Do not quit cold turkey and do it on your own.

The best and easiest way to avoid withdrawal is to always take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Withdrawal from Concerta generally does not occur in people who take the medication as recommended for legitimate medical purposes. Rather, withdrawal symptoms are most likely to occur in those who take high doses and abuse the medication.

As a result, only take this mediation as prescribed by your doctor. Never skip doses, double up doses, or stop taking it cold turkey. Do not take a double does in order to make up for a missed dose.

Also, do not share your prescription medication with others, sell you medication to others, and never take medication that is not prescribed for you.

If you have any questions, contact your doctor right away.


If you experience any severe or unusual symptoms while taking this medication, seek emergency medical treatment. This may include irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, seizures, coma, etc. 

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