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Consider other meds : Concerta is a long acting slow release, those are associated with easier and smoother withdrawal compared t the short acting immediate release formulas. people metabolize different meds differently, check with your Dr. for exploration of options i.e other long acting meds, or even possible reconsideration of the diagnosis good luck and feel better ...Read more
Withdrawl: Generally there is no withdrawal from concerta, as it only works for the day it is taken and does not accumulate in the body. You may have gotten used to the stimulant effect of concerta. You may feel tired for a few days after discontinuing concerta, but this will pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RITALIN (methylphenidate): Ritalin is methylphenidate stimulant med, used for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy etc. Come in different forms: Ritalin ir( immediate release) works 3-5 hours, given twice daily; er (extended release), sr (sustained release), la(long acting) works 8-9 hours, given once daily. After specified time, action wares off in healthy person, no specific withdrawl symptoms for adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Side Effects: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a good drug, but it does have significant side effects. It can cause high heart rate, appetite suppression, and even psychological side effects (hallucinations, etc) in some patients. It does have addictive/abusive potential. So, it does a good job when used correctly, but you just have to keep in close follow up with your doctor. You can be quite sleepy if you abruptly stop ritalin (methylphenidate). ...Read more
I have been on 20 mg a day of ritalin (methylphenidate) for a month. I just ran out. I see my doctor on wednesday. Will I have withdrawals?
Unlikely: Very unlikely and if so the symptoms will be mild. We do prescribe stimulants and recommend "drug holidays" on weekends and vacations if the need for hi level of concentration and performance is less. ...Read more
A variety: All stimulants (concerta just one) have similar side effects. All are dose related and vary by indvidual. Most common are decreased appetite with weight loss, problems getting to sleep, and a slowing of height growth. Other side effects: increased nervousness, motor and vocal tics (if at risk), and rash. All are reversible. Concerns about serious risk to heart have been been debunked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer