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Name: Dana | Date: Oct 13th, 2011 7:52 PM
My 4 year old is taking 18mg of Concerta the frist week he seemed to be doing great but now for the last two days he has gone back to not listening and being hyper why is this what is going on. 

Name: Davestbg | Date: Oct 17th, 2011 11:38 AM
My daughter has been taking concerta for about 6 weeks. She has had trouble falling asleep at times. She has a real lack of appetite, but the main problem seem to be when she gets home from school and the drug wears off she is much more hyper than she ever was before she started taking the drug. Also on the weekend when she isn't taking it, she is constantly making noises, doesn't listen, seems totally distracted,much more than before she started the medicine. 

Name: A desperate student. | Date: Oct 18th, 2011 8:02 PM
Concerta works extremely well. As I've researched and experienced it works by stimulating the brain into firing neurons. Essentially it forces your brain to think. 54 mg.

Since more-or-less everyone has commented on working (although some people resist the drug and the effects become minimal) I'd like to point out some flaws which may or may not help.

1 - Because it forces your brain to think it's actually very hard to get to sleep if you take it in the afternoon. Duration of effect varies, for me it's 5 hours. You lay awake literally thinking about anything and everything.

2 - It causes stomach aches. Some people don't feel it, and for some it's a nightmare. I'm 120 lbs, 55kg, 5'5" on 54mg once a day. If you stay below the recommended dose you should be okay. I'm not a doctor, but if the smallest size is working, but the stomach ache is painful, physically cut the pill in half to reduce dosage.

3 - DO NOT OVERDOSE. Yes you'll have the positive effect of being able to essentially work for 12-18 hours straight but trust me when I say your stomach pains will stop you effectively working after 12 or so hours (I guess you can push through for 18 hours if you're tough). Another thing to note, by forcing your brain to keep working for long hours you are essentially killing your brain from exhaustion. Your brain needs sleep to recover from a day's work. Say you overdose, you work 12 hours straight and finish your work early, even if you want to and have time to sleep, because you've finished your work you're not going to bed. Don't procrastinate and depend on the medication to pull you through. [[[[[[

4 - Stomach aches. I've been told that Concerta produces excess gas in the digestive system which leads to stomach aches. I have tried the extra strength no prescription pills from the pharmacy and they do work except there is maximum dose for those pills and when I take them I have relief for about 3 hours (max dose for the day). If you have a mild stomach you should be fine, if you make a no-no decision like me then that stomach can last for up to 18 hours (the longest one has lasted in my experience).

Good luck to everyone! -Cries from stomach ache- I stumbled upon this site after googling: concerta induced stomach ache/nausea, make it go away. 

Name: mommy of 4 | Date: Oct 22nd, 2011 6:23 AM
my oldest daugher has been taking concerta for atleast 3 months. we decided to take her off the aderal because she was losing too much weight. Is anyone elses child on this and what are your thoughts good or bad. I need to know is keeping your chld on a daily stimulant safe later in life for them. I have heard this can later doen the road cause drup addiction problems in teenagers into adulthood. 

Name: Christine | Date: Oct 22nd, 2011 2:52 PM
My son is 7 years old and has been taking Concerta for 6 months now and in the past few weeks he now has been picking at himself,arms and legs till they bleed and he says he gets nervous and has itches,the doctors up his zoloft to 1 and half pills for his anxiety but I think it's the concerta,I am now taking him off of the concerta to see if that is what causing it. 

Name: Katie | Date: Oct 25th, 2011 5:53 AM
My son has been on concerta for a couple weeks now and this last week he has been waking up in the middle of the night with the most awful stomach pains diareha and crying so bad from the pain. I have tried numerous medications and am now seeking alternative routes and avoiding meds. In my opinion it is not worth the nasty side affects and my poor baby suffering. 


Name: Cami | Date: Oct 26th, 2011 12:54 AM
Yes, my 7 yo granddaughter has been on Concerta and can't get to sleep at night even with the Chlonidnine. It was suggested that we take her off for aqhile...that that proven to be a mistake. Now she is getting detention in second grade for her behavior. We are at a loss as to what to do for her. 

Name: guest | Date: Nov 4th, 2011 9:15 PM
Our 8year old was 4 weeks on Concerta when he started medication with 6,5 because it needs it's time to get use to it but he has had the side effects extrem,especially the first 4 days.I thought I'M freeking out.
He had ALL of the sideeffects.Extrem hyper,nervous,licking each second his lips(dry mouth),blinking his eyes...
Now he's on Dexedrine.He still has his outbursts but at least it helps him to learn at school.In his former school he was sitting 3times per week in the office because of trouble,they don't understand.Just seeing the bad behaviour and blaming always YOUR child for beeing bad.
We moved,I haven't heard since schoolyear started that he have been in the office.
The school is a big point and how much they care.You have to fight and that often thru the whole schooltime!We fight now 3years(diagnosed 4years ago)... 

Name: guest | Date: Nov 4th, 2011 9:19 PM
Oh and the sleeptrouble is in pretty much each medication for AD(H)D.Bad idea to give it in the late afternoon,our son was awake until 1am!He still have trouble,if something got wrong at school between 9:30-10:30pm,if not until 9-9:30. 

Name: irmaD | Date: Nov 21st, 2011 9:09 AM
Hi, anyones child experience night terrors? My son is adhd since he was 5 he has been on ritalin & now concerta recently he had his medication go to the highest dosage for his age. All is great in school but now he has problems sleeping says he sees ghosts ive heard him ask who they were one night as I did my homework. I want to know if any other parent has experienced something similar? I don't know if its his medication an active imagination or a 6th sense? I'm so scared for him! We had another episode tonite he looked so frightened :( I feel so helpless again like before he was diagnosed. Any comments? Help fellow parents 

Name: jess | Date: Nov 22nd, 2011 3:00 AM
My son started concerta about 3 weeks ago. Last night and tonight he woke up from sleeping to vomit. I'm not sure if it's a little bit of flu, or a side effect just coming to surface now? Has anyone else seen this type of reaction? His appetite up until now had been fine on the meds even at lunch, and I'm not sure why it would not be until the meds wear off for several hours that he vomits...but I'm concerned...if it is a side effect, I may have to look into something else, which would be unfortunate because it's been working so well for him... 

Name: Bonnie | Date: Nov 22nd, 2011 7:35 AM
Yes my son is 5 and a half years old he started taking concerta for about two months and sunddenly we noticed eye tics and him constantly rolling his eyes either to the left or right and skin picking on his fingers. We stopped the medication right away. Please look into your sons sideeffects there are other was that children can get help for ADHD. 

Name: sleepless mom | Date: Nov 30th, 2011 2:46 PM
My 10 year old takes concerta. It is great during the day for school but she is panicked and sleepless at night. She used to take seroquel to help at night but starting having lots of tics. 

Name: Rachel | Date: Dec 4th, 2011 9:15 PM
My 7yr old son has recently started taking Concerta and it has worked wonders. He has suffered with some minor side effects, which between us we manage well. His appitate did decrease, but he has a big breakfast, small lunch and will manage some dinner. He also has little snacks throughout the day. If he finishes his evening meal, as trivial as it sounds, I praise him. He was struggling to sleep at night, sometimes still up at midnight. However, I have started to sit with him, sing and stoke his hair like I did when he was little and he is off to sleep within ten mins. The reason I find these side effects minor is because for the first time in his life my son said he was happy. Not happy because he has a new game or toy, he said he is just happy now. His reading and concentration has shown no bounds and he has stopped fighting in school. 

Name: kristy | Date: Dec 21st, 2011 12:32 AM
Your Docter should have told you that is a side effect of the med ication because his coming down off of the stimulant, like a drug addict coming off of a high( not trying to sound ugly just blunt that's the only reference I can think of) so don't punish him too much he may need a higher dose to last longer, my docter said that he could give an additional med like concerta that only lasted about three hours if my son did that. 

Name: Linda | Date: Dec 23rd, 2011 6:55 PM
I would personally recommend Concerta. I was diagnosed with ADD at the age of six, it was something extremely difficult to cope with, they tried putting me on many different medications, at first I had many negative side affects with Concerta. Increased appetite, irritability, along with fatigue. Soon that all disappeared, I am currently twenty-six years old and I am still on this medication. I am not a parent, but I know it is difficult for parents when they have a child with ADD. I want to take this time to say that if your'e child has ADD or ADHD please do not be discouraged. My mother went through it with me, as a child I was a slow learner, I had difficulty concentrating. People thought the worse of me, years later all that changed. At the young age of twenty-six I am now about to graduate from a well respect University with a PHD in the Medical Field. Having ADD or ADHD might feel like a "set back" but in reality it is not.

Best Wishes! 

Name: should I? should I not? | Date: Jan 4th, 2012 6:40 PM
Linda, many congratulations!!! your post really made me shed a tear. My son is 6 years old and i am literally torn. As a parent of a ADHD child you are constantly living with guilt. Feeling depressed, sad for your child that he is suffering and always wondering why? why me? I have a friend that put her son on Concerta and she said that her son has lost a few pounds and has trouble sleeping, but above all, she has seen possitive results. Deep down I know what I have to do, but after reading so many posts, its so hard. Thank you and again congratulations and good luck with your career. 

Name: handh mom | Date: Jan 9th, 2012 6:12 AM
my daughter took concerta for a short time and it made her have alot of ticks, moving of the hands and picking at her hair 

Name: handh mom | Date: Jan 9th, 2012 6:14 AM
It took about two weeks to notice the ticks with my daughter 

Name: kaylene | Date: Jan 12th, 2012 12:32 PM
hHi my son Joshua has been on concerta for about 10 years now and his health has also been affected by this pill the doctors have only checked his heart 1 time since he has been on it and i know that they r suppose to be checking it at least every year and blood work every month ..because this pill can and will mess up the valves in and around your heart i have tryed to get the doctors to take my son off this medicain and put him on somthing else but all they keep saying is that it's helping him ..but im looking for another doctor that might can help us because my son is now 17 and he only weighs about 100 pound and it's because that medicain is keeping his weight down ..i pray all your children do good on it God bless u 

Name: antonella | Date: Jan 20th, 2012 8:35 PM
Is increase blinking a side effect of Concerta 

Name: Karsten | Date: Jan 21st, 2012 8:59 PM
There is another way. Please read www.adhdrelief.weebly.com and fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page! Take care 

Name: Ann | Date: Feb 1st, 2012 2:52 PM
My daughter is 12 been taking concerta for a month and she has become moody short temper and when you say something she bites your head off. Also her cheeks have been red with little bumps on her cheek any suggestion. 

Name: kelly | Date: Feb 1st, 2012 2:55 PM
My daughter has been on concerta for a month now but I have seen things with her I don't like mood swings short temper. Also when you ask her something she bites your head off also she has very red cheeks with little bumps on them 

Name: mumto407 | Date: Feb 1st, 2012 8:32 PM
my daughter is on conserta she started off with dizzy spells and poor apetite to begin with untill the doc got the dose right she also takes melatonin to help her sleep at night she was on 27mg to start with last year now she is on 36mg to take in the morning after her breakfast as her adhd got worse now the doc thinkgs she might have Opositional defiant disorder 

Name: jessica | Date: Feb 8th, 2012 3:12 PM
my son started yester taking concerta an he too started vomitin and fever the nurse says it could be the adjustment period he needs to get used to it, because he took this med before but now has been off it for awhile and his body is not used to it 

Name: jessica | Date: Feb 8th, 2012 3:17 PM
my 8 yr old son as well started this yester he started w fever and vomitin he was on it last year and did not have this effect. the nurse did tell me his body is not used to it that it could take up to 3 weeks for him to get used to it.. my son was on another med before not sure what is was but did have the vomit and fever thats orignally why he stopped and went back on concerta and take handle it let me knw what happen 

Name: JAP | Date: Feb 9th, 2012 12:19 AM
We had our child tested for ADHD and we were informed that he had TB Miasm which causes ADHD. We were also told that this TB Miasm could be cured. Being as desperate as we were, we gave it a try and it has completely cured his ADHD. 

Name: Jo | Date: Feb 11th, 2012 12:28 AM
My 12 year old son has been on concerta since he was diagnosed when he was 7 he has never had any side effects and you can certainly tell when he hasnt taken it! The reason i decided on concerta was for his school work as when he started school he was top of his class by the time he turned 7 hes was below average because he was having so much trouble the problem being he was labled the naughty child and no matter what was done to him ( he was severly bullied) the school wouldnt help eventually he was diagnosed and still school refused to believe he was bullied even when i presented evidence he went on to concerta and i moved him schools and he is now back to the top 10% of his year! The school report a massive difference in behaviour without it as we did a month without it to see how he would get on and so he is still on it and thriving! 

Name: rhonda | Date: Mar 6th, 2012 3:41 PM
my son which is 8 is taking concerta 34 mg;it isnt helping anymore is it safe to go up the mg if so what is safe 

Name: felecia` | Date: Mar 8th, 2012 1:43 AM
my son at the same age took the same meds for ADHD and sleep. for the first couple of weeks he will feel sick from the sleep meds. 

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