Concerta vs. Ritalin

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Concerta vs. Ritalin
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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 9:47pm

My DS tried several different

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 11:03pm

Hi


What problem is he having? How long has he been taking it?


Concerta and Ritalin are the same med, Methylphenidate. The difference is, 1) the release, and 2) the duration. Concerta is a 12 hour med, whereas regular Ritalin is a 4 hour med. The 4 hour Ritalin releases all at once, thus the "fast acting name". The Concerta releases slowly, because there is a tiny sponge in the capsule that pushes the med out. The sponga and capsule do not digest though, so not to worry. The Outisde of the Concerta capsule is coated with immediate release meds, so it usually starts to work within 20 minutes or so.


Also, your Psych probably didn't mention it, they never do, but NO citrus within 2 hours of meds, no OJ in the mornings in other words.


A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 11:18pm
Thanks for the info. He has ADHD combined type, with the emphasis on the H! He was on Ritalin for 3 or 4 weeks, a few months back. We had been using Adderall since then, but the dose he was on only helped with the hyperactivity somewhat but did nothing for his inattentiveness. When we upped it he had no appetite and was not sleeping. Its so hard to do this trial and error with him. I know it takes time to find the right one, I just wish it wasn't such a guessing game. I am hoping we can find something that works before school starts again in the fall. His psych is thinking we will give strattera a try if concerta doesn't work.
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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 12:22pm

Honestly, I would be surprised if Concerta works when Ritalin didn't. Our son took Ritalin and when it worked extremely well, he switched to Concerta for longer acting results. We found the results to be identical, just longer duration with Concerta. However, I've also learned you can't always predict with these medications, so no harm in trying. There are so many alternatives out there that if Concerta doesn't do it, you can move on to something else.

Michelle

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 7:54pm

I would say it depends on the severity of the problem.

Denise

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 10:38pm

I've been reluctant to post anything about the concerta because I didn't want to "jinx" anything - but it has been working very well! DS started on the 18 mg dose a few weeks ago and it has changed his behavior so much. He had a

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Registered: 07-22-2010
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 1:50pm

We also started our son on the short acting ritalin and I felt it was to hard to control when it was wearing off for the next dose,it was to much ups and downs for him,thats why we switched to concerta 18 mg.Hoping the steady release will be the ticket for him.Only been a week,how long before you noticed a change on the concerta? Is it still working well?

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 12:08am
I think we noticed the change on the 3rd day. The first couple of days are usually a nightmare when we switch meds - lots of tantrums and crying. It really was amazing to see how well it worked plus he has such a better attitude. Things are still going good so far, but school just started this week so we'll see if it helps him get through the school day.