Concerta and Thyroid Problems

Although there is no specific warning for taking Concerta when you have a thyroid problem, there are a few reasons that people with thyroid problems may want to avoid the medicine. An uncontrolled, overactive thyroid can cause high blood pressure and an increased heart rate, and Concerta may make these problems worse. Therefore, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Concerta and thyroid problems.

An Overview of Concerta and Thyroid Problems

Concerta® (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 warning or precaution for people with thyroid problems taking Concerta, there are a few reasons you may want to avoid the medication if you have a thyroid problem.
 

Concerta and an Overactive Thyroid

An uncontrolled, overactive thyroid can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and an increased heart rate (tachycardia). Concerta may make these problems worse, and it may be best to avoid Concerta (as well as other stimulants) until your overactive thyroid can be treated.
 
Sudden death, strokes, and heart attacks have been reported in adults taking normal doses of medications similar to Concerta. It seems reasonable that people taking Concerta who have an uncontrolled, overactive thyroid might be at a higher risk for these problems. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any chest tightness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Concerta, as these may be signs of heart problems.
 

Concerta and Overactive Thyroid: Suggestions

Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have an overactive thyroid before taking Concerta. It may be a good idea to avoid Concerta (and other stimulants) until your overactive thyroid can be treated.
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