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Choosing a Healthcare Professional

Overview: 

Who Diagnoses ADHD?

Pediatricians, psychiatrists, and neurologists are qualified to diagnose and treat ADHD

Psychologists and nurse practitioners can diagnose ADHD

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and occupational and family therapists can provide behavioral therapy

Your child's healthcare professional can explain how CONCERTA® can help manage ADHD symptoms

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Choosing a Doctor

Who Diagnoses ADHD?

Pediatricians, psychiatrists, and neurologists are qualified to diagnose and treat ADHD

Psychologists and nurse practitioners can diagnose ADHD

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and occupational and family therapists can provide behavioral therapy

Your child's healthcare professional can explain how CONCERTA® can help manage ADHD symptoms

Does your child show signs of inattentive, hyperactive, and/or impulsive behavior? Do you suspect he or she may have ADHD? If yes, it's important to schedule an appointment with his or her healthcare professional.

Your child's healthcare professional may make a diagnosis. Or may refer you to a specialist who's more experienced in diagnosing ADHD, like a child psychiatrist or neurologist. Psychologists and nurse practitioners can diagnose ADHD. And some are licensed to write prescriptions for medication.

Since no single laboratory test for ADHD exists, ADHD can be difficult to diagnose. Your child's healthcare professional will likely guide you through a list of questions that rate ADHD symptoms and rule out other potential conditions. You may be asked about your child's experiences at school, at home, and in social settings.

A comprehensive approach to treating ADHD includes both medication and behavioral therapy. This is thought to be an effective way to treat children with ADHD. Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and family therapists can provide behavioral therapy for children with ADHD.

Be prepared to talk with your child's healthcare professional by creating a customized Doctor Discussion Guide. If diagnosed with ADHD, ask how treatment with CONCERTA® may help your child manage ADHD symptoms.



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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