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Brand name: Concerta TM

Active ingredients: methylphenidate

What it is used 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.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White capsule-shaped tablet with "alza 36" printed in black.

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Food interactions

For the active ingredient methylphenidate

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid excessive quantities of coffee or tea (Caffeine).
  • Take on empty stomach: 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine requires authorisation for prescription from your doctor.It is Schedule 8 : Controlled Drug.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient methylphenidate

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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