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ADHD Treatment Options

Overview: 

Managing ADHD

Effective ADHD treatment includes medication and behavioral therapy

If diagnosed, your healthcare professional will tailor a treatment plan for your needs

Stimulant medications, like CONCERTA®, are the most commonly prescribed ADHD treatment

CONCERTA® is time released to consistently deliver medication throughout the day

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ADHD Treatment Options

Managing ADHD

Effective ADHD treatment includes medication and behavioral therapy

If diagnosed, your healthcare professional will tailor a treatment plan for your needs

Stimulant medications, like CONCERTA®, are the most commonly prescribed ADHD treatment

CONCERTA® is time released to consistently deliver medication throughout the day

Adults can successfully manage their ADHD symptoms with the right treatment. To do so takes a comprehensive approach. This includes prescription medicine and behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy can include support groups, counseling, and changes you make in how you go about your daily life.

If you're diagnosed with ADHD, your healthcare professional may prescribe a medication to meet your needs. There is no cure for ADHD, and no one treatment is right for everyone. So your healthcare professional will tailor a treatment plan, weighing the benefits and risks of each treatment with your personal medical history.

To date, the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat ADHD are from a class of drugs called stimulants. Stimulants can improve ADHD symptoms like inattention and hyperactivity. These include methylphenidate and amphetamines.

Stimulants are believed to enhance the availability of the brain's chemical messengers dopamine and norepinephrine. These messengers play a role in behaviors like attention and movement.

ADHD medications are typically available in short-acting and long-acting formulations. The short-acting forms can last up to 4 hours. Long-acting forms, like CONCERTA®, are time-released to deliver medication throughout the day. Many experts believe that ADHD medication is most effective when used every day to encourage healthy habits like planning and discipline.

ADHD symptoms can appear at work, at home, and in social situations. If you've been diagnosed with ADHD, ask about getting on the path to success in managing ADHD with CONCERTA®.


CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs; has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions (>10%) reported in adults were dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, headache, and insomnia.

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