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Brand name: Concerta

Concerta is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Concerta belongs to a group of medicines called central nervous system stimulants. It is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Concerta works by changing the amount of certain chemicals in the brain.

Concerta is usually used with non-medication treatments – such as psychological, educational and social therapy – to treat ADHD. Children with ADHD have difficulty concentrating, are unable to sit still and have trouble behaving as they are expected to.

Concerta can also be used to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness in a disorder called narcolepsy.

Concerta tablets are swallowed whole with a full glass of water. It doesn’t matter whether you take them with meals or not.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: methylphenidate

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Concerta 36 mg modified release tablet, 28

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

CONCERTA is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA; DSM-IV) implies the presence of hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment and were present before age 7 years. Need for comprehensive treatment programme: CONCERTA is indicated as an integral part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include other measures (psychological, educational and social) for patients with this syndrome. Stimulants are not intended for use in the patient who exhibits symptoms secondary to environmental factors and/or other primary psychiatric disorders, including psychosis. Appropriate educational placement is essential and psychosocial intervention is often helpful. When remedial measures alone are insufficient, the decision to prescribe stimulant medication will depend upon the physician's assessment of the chronicity and severity of the patient's symptoms. Long term use: The effectiveness of CONCERTA for long-term use, has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials. Therefore the physician who elects to use CONCERTA for extended periods should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White capsule-shaped tablet with "alza 36" printed in black.

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Dosage Form Tablet, modified release
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 tablets: Controlled Drug
28 tablets: Controlled Drug
30 tablets: Controlled Drug
56 tablets: Controlled Drug
60 tablets: Controlled Drug

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
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