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 4  Adhd/ inattentive Very few side effects. Occasional increased heart rate. I do not take Concerta everyday, but it does help on the days I do need it. M 54 4 months
27mg 1X D
 4  ADHD loss of appetite, can't feel hunger, higher heart rate sometimes it's over 100 BPM resting, insomnia, Concerta is great but I have to take sleeping pills to get any sleep at all. After I started taking concerta I have noticed that most of the time I just don't feel hunger. M 14 5 years
54mg 1X D
 3  Adhd To the 38 year old lady asking to talk about it. Please Email (see link) M 39 10 months
45 1X D
 3  ADHD No dry mouth but I drink a lot of water, Head aches every morning the last week (but I also am a person who gets headaches often) I've been on this medication for about a month now increasing the dose weekly, I didn't feel anything until 36 MG the first day I took that dose I was so productive and on cloud 9, then I haven't felt like that since, idk kinda just feel a bit more focused than average (but I know I have to get to the right dose for it to work to its full intent ) F 24 1 months
36 MG 1X D
 2  ADD Felt loss of appetite, migraines, upper abdominal pain, food made me feel sick looking at it, Insomnia, heart pounding, erectile dysfunction Made focus a bit better in school. M 17 3 months
54 1X D
 2  ADD Itchy eyes, sore throat, dry mouth, loss of appetite. Since I started Concerta I have flu-like symptoms my eyes are itching, and have a sore throat but I don't know why is this happening, I paused the medication for one day and all these symptoms were resolved suddenly, but next day those symptoms came back within one hour after I took my daily dose again. I don't know if this is something serious or will be resolved over the time but, it just doesn't feel ok. If anyone has any idea what can this symptom be, please contact me. Thanks. F 26 3 days
27 1X D
 1  ADHD-PI Extreme rise in blood pressure. Hot flushes. Chest tightness. Headache. Extreme tiredness. Irritability and feelings of extreme rage. Increased sensitivity to noise. I feel terrible on this. I cant wait for it to be out of my system. F 38 2 days
18mg 1X D
 2  Depression and add Tiredness,zombie like mood,sinus pain,dry mouth,Anxiety Hello.I hope your quarantine days are going okay.I have been on concerta for 2 months and not a single moment i remember i enjoy a thing.It is doing what it supposed to do i think but it turned me on a living zombie.Can not listen to conversations , think fast or be creative.It surely calms my racing thoughts and makes me surf for 7 hours straight reading about Concerta. But i cant even stay on feet just laying down and read about the meds all day long and wonder if i am having the right treatment.My parents and my doctor defines me as lazy,saying that i make excuses.I can not feel anythng and i am socially awkward.I can not articulate my emotions and my thoughts.I can not talk as fast and clear as i used to.I have no energy to do anything i can just read things in my bed.I want to quit but this time my parents and my doctor would judge me.Beside concerta i use risperdal and prozac for my adhd ,it makes me less anxious and less paranoid.But i am not sure if pros outweighs the cons.I was a programmer and studying computer engineering until i had a panic attack, not being able to focus and do an exam question.Can not mute my inner excessive talking and worrying since,leading myself to depression and self critisism and anxiety constantly.With treatment this was all ended but know i am feeling like a complete vegetable,forgot who i was and english basicly.Contact me if anyone experiences the same effects. M 23 60 days
54 mg
 1  Adhd Extremely Agitated, moodiness, tunnel vision , zombie like state, hostile. Emotional wreck Worst 2 weeks refused to take the last we weeks. Well it worked on not having a million things going on in my head. It turned my brain into a zombie brain. And I knew it but was stuck. F 38 14 days
20 mg
 2  ADD Stomach upset I started at 36 MG and didnít notice a thing. I was bumped up to 54 and still feel as if Iím not taking sunburning. Adderall was better for me but it stopped working and I doctor wanted to try this. I am going to doctor today and asking to go off this and try Dexedrine or Adderall again F 49 3 months
 4  Adhd insomnia , headache, M 4 days
 4  ADHD/Adult ADD Headache, and quite frankly nothing else. I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 13 years old, however my mother was unable to pay for the medication and thus I didn't get it. However being an adult and earning a paycheck I had revisited this @ 34 YO. Being re-diagnosed again, my Dr. Said I qualified for Concerta as a result of living a particular lifesyle. This included 0 Drugs or Alcohol (Clean & Sober for 10+ Years) Very physycally active, and did not consume Caffeine. I have been using Concerta for 2 years now with absolutely amazing results. Focus on mentally tuff tasks, project follow through, commitment to work. But also mood issues I faced, like mood swings, genrally dissagreable attitidue, and argumentative. Those defects went away (or were reduced significantly) on Concerta. I had started @ 18mg and worked up to 72mg where I currently am. NOTE: I have just booked a consult with my Dr to either adjust my dose, or find an alternative, as I do believe my tolerance has build up very high, and my current 72mg dose is no longer performing past 2:00 Daily. Other then that, it changed my life. No joke. M 36 2 years
72Mg Daily 2X D
 3  ADD It started well but after like 2 weeks I noticed severe abdominal pains and cramps, Irritability, a crash around 12pm after taking at 7 am and what seems to be a sinus infection/very runny nose. I need something for my ADD so I can't stop taking it but the side effects are dreadful. If you experienced this or know of something that may work better F 17 2 months
 4  post graduate student and ADHD I have had headaches but they go away on their own. I have also experienced appitite loss but it did subside after a week of consecutive Concerta usage It is a great drug if used corectly. I dont see it as a once off drug to be taken mid exams, it should be used consistently F 23 1 years
 1  ADHD FEEL ROBOTIC. FEEL SO SO SO DEPRESSED. CANT EVEN FOCUS ON STUDYING. insomnia. such bad anxiety. feel like i cant socialize with anyone and feel awkward even ordering food. i am not happy this pill sucks. seriously losing hope any adhd medicine will ever work for me. went off adderall for this because i didnt like the side effects but at least i could focus on adderall so evidently i need go back. F 22 12 days
36 2X D
 4  ADHD Good Good M 42 6 months
36 2X D
 1  ADHD My son who is now 14 has been taking this since he was 5 yrs old. He started experiencing racing heartbeat, very rapid weight gain and extreme hunger, severe insomnia, agitation, withdrawn, anxiety, swollen face My son is not acting like my son anymore. He was a very cute 5 year old and now has swollen face, etc. and weighs 210 lbs. of which was gained rapidly over the past year. He is now 14 yrs. old. He is starting to exhibit strange behaviors like being extremely withdrawn, becoming very agitated, only wears certain things and only those things, won't get his hair cut because he can't stand the little hairs touching his face, constantly looking in the mirror thinking there is something in his eyes, rapid heartbeat, M 14 9 years
36 MG 1X D
 4  ADHD - hyperactivity/focus problems hyperhidrosis, weight loss, decreased appetite, prominent anxiety, slightly blurry vision, mood swings, depression, insomnia, anti-social, feeling robotic, dry mouth, irritability, nervousness, numbness/tingling/cold feeling in the hands or feet, muscle twitches, and mild psychosis. I've been on it for so long I can't really monitor the differences of being on or off it. First time taking it my grades spiked from D+ to A+. I began feeling anti social and many of my teachers pulled my aside to question my social involvement and participation in school. Now in University, I have become reliant, and chose to be educated while sacrificing my social life. I have little friends and drinking is becoming a slight problem. Depression and anxiety is even worse when you're isolated. Sometimes I don't know if it's the pills or not and I will never know because I'm not going off them to monitor my behavior as I will definitely fail school. I feel hopeless. Once my pill wears off, I don't do anything (Around 8PM) and without doing any external research, I feel like an idiot because I don't know for example; Historical contexts. As a hyper kid, I was constantly pressured to "Clam Down". I used to make videos of my family on my little iPod when I was kid and my parents and brother told me to stop filming and clam down. It was really my only out, now I have submitted to pills. If I am taking pills to function, no other drugs are out of the table in my mindset. I'm not big on other drugs but drinking is a vice that takes me away from this stress. I hope to seek therapy or something but who knows. M 20 9 years
27MG 1X D
 5  Adult ADHD No side effects. I was prescribed Equasym XL before starting Concerta. M 51 3 days

CONCERTA  (METHYLPHENIDATE HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Methylphenidate belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)