Concerta and Alcohol: An Overview
(methylphenidate extended release
) is a prescription medication licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD
) in children, teenagers, and adults. Although there is no specific interaction between Concerta and alcohol, there are some reasons why you may want to avoid the combination.
Understanding the Concerta -- Alcohol Interaction
Concerta may affect your ability to perform certain tasks that require complete concentration, such as driving, operating machinery, or piloting an airplane, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. Alcohol could intensify these effects, and it may be a good idea to avoid alcohol until you know how Concerta will affect you. It is never a good idea to mix alcohol with a medication you have never taken before (or that has not been prescribed specifically for you).
It is also important to note that people with problems with alcohol abuse should probably avoid Concerta. Concerta is a stimulant and can be abused (see Concerta Abuse)
. People who have problems with drug or alcohol abuse may be more likely to abuse Concerta.
Mixing Alcohol and Concerta: Final Thoughts
Although there is no specific interaction between Concerta and alcohol, it is a good idea to avoid alcohol until you know how Concerta will affect you. Taking Concerta with alcohol might affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Also, it is usually not a good idea to take Concerta if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.