Concerta Can Help Relieve Some Of The Struggle Associated With ADHD
Concerta, or methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant and is often prescribed to individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as those suffering from narcolepsy, which is an inability to stay awake during normal activity. Although Concerta has proven to be an effective treatment for certain individuals, it is not appropriate for everyone and carries a risk of dependence.
Because of this dependency risk, precautions should be taken when a household member is being prescribed Concerta. The medication should be kept in a secure place where no one other than the intended individual is able to gain access. Also, families with adolescents should keep track of the number of pills so misuse can be detected early.
Also marketed under the brand names Ritalin and Methylin; Concerta is available by prescription only and should be taken exactly as directed. Individuals with anxiety disorders, epilepsy and high blood pressure should be sure to make their doctor aware of these, as well as any other conditions, before beginning a Concerta prescription. Additionally, be sure your prescribing physician and pharmacist has a list of all medications currently being taken including over-the-counter drugs and vitamin or herbal supplements. Concerta carries a risk of drug interaction with other medications and can be life threatening when taken in conjunction with an MAO inhibitor or even when there is still a trace amount in the system.
Concerta can be given to children diagnosed with ADHD but not those younger than six years of age. Additionally, Concerta has been documented to slow the growth of children when used on a long term basis. Children on Concerta should be monitored with regards to height and weight on a regular basis. Check ups at regular intervals with a physician are also advised while taking Concerta so progress of the drug can be monitored as well as overall health.
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