How Concerta Works
is a stimulant, although it has effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants (like caffeine) can cause hyperactivity, Concerta has a calming effect. While the exact way Concerta produces a calming effect is not known, it is known that Concerta affects certain chemicals in the brain (see Methylphenidate and D2 Receptors)
Concerta is a tablet that is released in two stages: the outer part of the tablet dissolves quickly and releases an immediate dose of Concerta. The inner part releases the rest of the medication slowly over time.
Concerta Use in Young Children
Concerta has not been approved for use in children under six years of age.
Off-Label Concerta Uses
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Concerta for something other than the condition(s) discussed above. This is called an "off-label
" use. At this time, there are a few off-label Concerta uses, such as: