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.