My DS tried several different
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.
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.
I would say it depends on the severity of the problem.
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
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?