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Concerta: Oral tablet, extended release

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  • Reported side effects
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Concerta 18mg ER Tab
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
Pill Identification: alza 18 
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Concerta 36mg ER Tab
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
Pill Identification: alza 36 
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Concerta 54mg ER Tab
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
Pill Identification: alza 54 
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Concerta 27mg ER Tab
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
Pill Identification: alza 27 
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Concerta 18mg ER Tab
Janssen Phamaceuticals, formerly Primary Care, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 18 
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Concerta 36mg ER Tab
Janssen Phamaceuticals, formerly Primary Care, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 36 
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Concerta 54mg ER Tab
Janssen Phamaceuticals, formerly Primary Care, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 54 
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Concerta 27mg ER Tab
Janssen Phamaceuticals, formerly Primary Care, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 27 
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Concerta 18mg ER Tab
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 18 
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Concerta 54mg ER Tab
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 54 
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Concerta 36mg ER Tab
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 36 
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Concerta 27mg ER Tab
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: alza 27 
How This Drug Works
ADHD Agents
ADHD agents are most often stimulants that increase alertness, wakefulness, focus and concentration. They help when neurotransmitters between neurons within the brain are unable to send signals past the synapse.
"Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, agents are most often stimulants that increase alertness, wakefulness, focus and concentration. They help when neurotransmitters between neurons within the brain are unable to send signals past the synapse. <br><br> This inability to transmit signals is due to either the existence of too few transmitters or because the neurotransmitters are recycled too quickly, thus inhibiting the transmission of the signal to the next neuron. This decreases the ability to concentrate or focus.<br><br> ADHD stimulants increase the amount of neurotransmitters between neurons by either releasing more neurotransmitters from the synapse or blocking or slowing their recycling process. This increases the signalâ¬"s effectivness between neurons and makes the pathways in the brain more efficient, thus improving the ability to concentrate or focus."
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Concerta: Oral tablet, extended release

What is this medicine?

METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy.


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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Concerta: Oral tablet, extended release
Usage by Gender
39.42%
60.58%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
65.69%
18.98%
11.68%
3.65%
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