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I just started taking concerta after not being on it for 2 years. They put me on 36 mg. And I have felt weird that past 2 days since I've started. I'l?
Weird how??: You don't indicate what dose you were on before and whether you had a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD or something else. Most people do experience a loss of appetite with Concerta and often find it takes a few days to adjust to the medication, also, adjusting to a feeling of being distracted to being very focused takes time. Please contact the doctor who prescribed your Rx to discuss your reaction. ...Read more
My son says he hears loud noises in his head sometimes at night. He is currently taking concerta 27 mg daily.
Huh?: I don't know if i understand the question. If you're asking if Concerta will help your milk allergy, the answer is no. If you're asking if you will be harmed by Concerta because you're allergic to milk, my answer is "i don't see the connection". I want to make sure you understand that Concerta is a prescription medication for adhd, and as far as i know, it has nothing to do with milk or allergy. ...Read more
Same as always: For a male your age the institute of medicine recommends at least 98 oz fluids daily (actually 3 liters). Could be all water, or combination of juice, water, etc. Best not to use caffeinated liquids since they interact adversely with the methylphenidate (active ingredient of concerta). Using Concerta doesn't increase the need for fluids, it just may cause dry mouth in some people. ...Read more
Son is taking concerta in the am and fluvoxamine in the pm. Can we give him both in the am? He prefers it this way.
Safe to take: There is not really any direct interaction between Concerta and tramadol. There is a slight decrease in the seizure threshold with low dose tramadol and Concerta may in very rare instances promote a seizure so the combination would not be the best in someone with a seizure disorder. The changes of a bad outcome with the combination of these medications is extraordinarily rare. Stay safe! ...Read more
Does eating food before taking Concerta or Ritalin (methylphenidate) affect the rate and extent of absorption?
Yes.: But the extent to which it varies depends on the food, the particular preparation of medication, the person, other medications taken, other illnesses. I suggest you consult the prescriber. ...Read more
I have narcolepsy, was taking concerta then stopped for 2mths and gained a lot of weight, started back on provigil, will it help me lose some weight?
Wieght Neutral: Though loss/reduced appetite has been reported with Provigil studies do not show much changes in weight. But since it improves wakefulness, thus increase physical activity while awake helps with weight loss . Also reduce overall caloric intake, reduce portion size, increase veggies/fruits intake. Report any anxiety, depression, rash . Take care. ...Read more
Stability: Adding the medication helps stabilize the moods os a patient. The ups & downs even out. Sometimes this can be very helpful to such patients. ...Read more
No: There is no evidence that stimulants such as Concerta permanently affect brain function and certainly none that they kill brain cells. They work by increasing activity of neurtransmitters between cells, but that effect is transient and stops when you stop taking the medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to Evaluate: Stimulant medicines can cause an increase in heart rate. For many people this is not a significant issue, but for some people it can be a concern. It would be worthwhile for you to contact your prescribing physician asap for further guidance. My recommendation would be to not continue the Concerta until this matter can be evaluated. ...Read more
Resting Rate 100 : Rapid heart rate is not a common side effect seen when taking Concerta (generic methylphenidate), but it can occur. 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM) is considered a normal resting adult heart rate. Anything above 100 BPM would be considered abnormal. It is very important to establish a patient's baseline heart rate prior to treatment as some patients normally have heart rates greater than 100. ...Read more
I just started taking concerta and well butrin yesterday. I have been fatigued and jittery. Is this normal?
Stimulants: Quite common. One question- what is your caffiene intake? I don't give my high coffeee drinkers wellbutrin (bupropion) untill they taper down. You are taking a stimulating antidepressant and Concerta which is a stimulant. If sxs don't start improving over the next week, please discuss with the provider who prescribed them. ...Read more
How long does Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg take to have an effect if i have been taking concerta 36 mg for a month and previously on Adderall ir15mg 1month ?
Prozac (fluoxetine) : Much different then the prior two meds. It takes a good 3-4 weeks to see full effects. And the drug levels need to build up in your body. So don't expect to take the med and feel something. Like the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). But take it regularly and I've it a chance. also talk with your doctor if things don't seem to be working ...Read more