CONCERTA® Basics

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Is CONCERTA® Right for My Child?

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What to Expect From CONCERTA®

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The Value of Continued ADHD Treatment

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ADHD Resources

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CONCERTA® Basics

The Dose Makes the Difference

One morning dose of CONCERTA® provides all-day ADHD symptom control. CONCERTA® is the only ADHD treatment with the unique OROS® delivery system, which slowly releases medication at an increasing rate throughout the day. One morning dose covers your child's busy day — including the all-important homework hours between the hours of 4 and 6 pm.

CONCERTA® is proven to help manage the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. With these symptoms under control, your child can focus better and pay closer attention to the things he or she is doing throughout the day. All of this may help your child manage ADHD symptoms at school, at home, and at play.

CONCERTA® is approved for doses up to 54 mg per day in children and 72 mg per day in adolescents. Children are typically started on a daily dose of 18 mg of CONCERTA®. But, like many ADHD medications, your child's dosage may need to be adjusted to achieve better results. This approach is called titration. Your child's healthcare professional can determine which dose is right for your child.

Help your child get on the path to success in managing ADHD symptoms. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, ask about managing everyday challenges of ADHD with CONCERTA®.

Is CONCERTA® Right for My Child?

Proven Effective

Everyday activities can be a challenge when your child has ADHD. But making the decision to treat your child's ADHD symptoms is an important first step. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, ask a healthcare professional how CONCERTA® can help your child manage ADHD symptoms.

Methylphenidate, the medication in CONCERTA®, is recommended among first-line therapies by the American Academy of Pediatrics as part of a total treatment program for ADHD. Part of this includes a team of people focused on helping your child like family members, caregivers, teachers, and your child's healthcare professional. This treatment approach may also include behavioral therapy.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, ask his or her healthcare professional how treatment with CONCERTA® can help your child manage the everyday challenges of ADHD.

What to Expect From CONCERTA®

As a parent, you'll want to know what to expect from your child's treatment with CONCERTA®. Every child is unique and will have his or her own response to ADHD medication. For your child to get the most out of treatment, it's important to work closely with your child's healthcare professional. It is also important to discuss any side effects with your child’s healthcare professional.

Your child only needs to take CONCERTA® once a day, in the morning, with or without food. CONCERTA® works throughout the day to provide long-lasting ADHD symptom control.* CONCERTA® offers a unique time-released formulation (OROS® technology) that provides all-day ADHD symptom control. CONCERTA® improves focus. And can help your child control his or her hyperactive and/or impulsive behavior.

CONCERTA® should not be used in children less than 6 years old because it has not been studied in this age group. CONCERTA® may not be right for you or your child. Before starting CONCERTA®, tell your or your child’s doctor about all health conditions . Your doctor or your child's doctor can discuss potential side effects. Please read the accompanying Medication Guide before speaking with your or your child's doctor.

CONCERTA® comes in a range of doses so your child can get the right amount to help manage his or her symptoms. Most children are started on 18 mg of CONCERTA®. But it may be necessary to adjust this dosage to get the best treatment results. This adjustment process is called titration. CONCERTA® is approved in dosages up to 54 mg per day for children and 72 mg per day for adolescents. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

A typical dose adjustment schedule may look like this:

Week 1: One 18-mg tablet once daily
Week 2: Two 18-mg tablets once daily for a total of 36 mg
Week 3: Three 18-mg tablets once daily for a total of 54 mg

During the first few weeks of treatment, it's important that you and your child's healthcare professional discuss how your child's treatment is going. This may help your child quickly get to the dose that works best. Track your child's symptoms to monitor his or her treatment progress. Only your child's HCP should adjust their dose of CONCERTA®.

The Value of Continued ADHD Treatment

ADHD Doesn't Take a Break

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.

Managing your child's ADHD symptoms can improve his or her ability to focus 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 even in less-structured environments.

ADHD Resources

More Answers and Help Are Available

The more you know about ADHD, the better you can manage your child's condition. When you understand how ADHD affects your child's life, you can start developing strategies to manage the everyday challenges of ADHD.

Here are some helpful resources you can use for education and support:

United States Department of Education

Find out about your child's rights under federal laws designed to ensure that children with disabilities, including ADHD, receive an appropriate education.
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/Policy/IDEA/index.html

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY serves as a central source of information about educational rights, special education resources, individualized education programs (IEPs) and more.
http://www.nichcy.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

By providing information, promoting research and advocating for educational rights, the NCLD works to help people with learning disabilities in school, work and life.
http://www.ncld.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Organization (ADDA)

This international organization has been providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with ADHD since 1989.
http://www.add.org

American Medical Association (AMA)

This professional organization for doctors is dedicated to the art and science of medicine and promoting public health.
http://www.ama-assn.org/

CHADD.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for people with ADHD.
www.chadd.org

NIMH.NIH.gov

The National Institute of Mental Health provides useful information about ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

LDA is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer organizations advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.
http://www.ldanatl.org/

ADDitude Magazine

Stay on top of the latest information about ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.
http://www.additudemag.com

The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness, including ADHD.
http://www.mayoclinic.com