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Signs & Symptoms of ADHD

Overview: 

Recognize the Challenge

Common ADHD symptoms include inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior

ADHD symptoms can affect children all day and every day

ADHD can affect a child's ability to focus, sit still, and follow instructions

The symptoms of ADHD can affect your child's social interactions

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Signs & Symptoms of ADHD

Recognize the Challenge

Common ADHD symptoms include inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior

ADHD symptoms can affect children all day and every day

ADHD can affect a child's ability to focus, sit still, and follow instructions

The symptoms of ADHD can affect your child's social interactions

A child can face challenging moments every day. Maybe it's dealing with a new lesson at school, handling chores at home, or trying out for the team. But, if your child has ADHD, these moments can feel even more challenging.

ADHD is a condition that causes a child to display a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive/impulsive behavior that is more frequent and more severe than other children their age. ADHD symptoms can affect children all day and every day—at school, at home, and with other children.

Your child may have a hard time with focusing, sitting still, and completing tasks they start. The symptoms of ADHD can cause issues with social interactions, too. It may be hard for a child with ADHD to control their impulses, even when they know they are expected to behave.

Common signs and symptoms of ADHD in children:

  • Easily distracted
  • Trouble following directions
  • Poorly organized homework
  • Often makes careless mistakes
  • Forgetful
  • Frequently interrupts others
  • Trouble waiting turn in games or activities
  • Cannot stay seated, often fidgets or squirms

Not every child with ADHD has every symptom, or experiences the symptoms of ADHD to the same degree. ADHD symptoms are persistent, and must be present for at least 6 months.

If you think your child may have symptoms of ADHD, create a customized Doctor Discussion Guide then schedule an evaluation with a healthcare professional. If diagnosed with ADHD, ask about managing the everyday challenges of ADHD symptoms with CONCERTA®.

CONCERTA® can help your child successfully manage the symptoms of ADHD. A once-daily dose can help your child focus at school and at home. CONCERTA® can also improve their social interactions.


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.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs. Keep CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

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®.

Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child 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. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change or sensitivity to temperature in fingers or toes. 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®. Painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. 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 in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) in adult patients were decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.

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