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The Value of Continued ADHD Treatment

Overview: 

ADHD Doesn't Take a Break

For children with ADHD, medication may be a necessary part of their daily routine

Consult your child's healthcare professional before making treatment changes

Continued ADHD treatment is recommended as long as symptoms are present

CONCERTA® can help your child manage the daily challenges of ADHD symptoms

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The Value of Continued ADHD Treatment

ADHD Doesn't Take a Break

For children with ADHD, medication may be a necessary part of their daily routine

Consult your child's healthcare professional before making treatment changes

Continued ADHD treatment is recommended as long as symptoms are present

CONCERTA® can help your child manage the daily challenges of ADHD symptoms

ADHD symptoms can impact your child 7 days a week, at home, school and in social settings. The symptoms of ADHD don't take a weekend or summer break. So, medication may be a necessary part of your child's everyday routine.

If you're considering a break from CONCERTA® during weekends, holidays, or summer vacation, you should first consult with your child's healthcare professional before making any decision about treatment changes.

A guideline for ADHD treatment recommends that treatment should be continued as long as ADHD symptoms remain present and cause impairment. Stimulant medications, like CONCERTA®, only work as long as they are taken, so stopping treatment can result in the rapid return of symptoms.

Managing your child's ADHD symptoms can improve his or her ability to focus and get along with others, even during breaks from school. Continued treatment with CONCERTA® may help your child have a better time managing his or her ADHD symptoms during weekend or summer activities like long car trips, organized sports, or summer camp.

CONCERTA® can help your child manage the daily challenges of ADHD symptoms. So, by continuing with once-daily CONCERTA® you could be providing important support to help your child maintain focus and improve his or her social interactions in less-
structured environments.


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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