What is Concerta (Methylphenidate)?
Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a substituted phenethylamine and psychostimulant drug used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. Methylphenidate has been studied and researched for over 50 years and has a very good efficacy and safety record for the treatment of ADHD.
Prescribed to patients beginning in 1960, the drug became heavily prescribed in the 1990s, when the diagnosis of ADHD itself became more widely accepted.
ADHD and other similar conditions are believed to be linked to sub-performance of the dopamine and norepinephrine functions in the brain, primarily in the prefrontal cortex, responsible for self-regulatory function and executive function. Methylphenidate’s mechanism of action involves the inhibition of catecholamine reuptake, primarily as a dopamine reuptake inhibitor.
Specific etiology of this syndrome is unknown, and there is no single diagnostic test. Adequate diagnosis requires the use of medical and special psychological, educational, and social resources. Learning may or may not be impaired. The diagnosis must be based upon a complete history and evaluation of the patient and not solely on the presence of the required number of DSM-IV characteristics.
Concerta (Methylphenidate) should be administered orally once daily in the morning with or without food. Concerta (Methylphenidate) must be swallowed whole with the aid of liquids, and must not be chewed, divided, or crushed.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others and use this medicine only for the indication prescribed.
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