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Children and adults up to age 65 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from the medication Concerta® (methylphenidate extended release). The drug comes in tablet form and is generally taken once a day first thing in the morning.
Concerta is a stimulant, although the medicine has effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. In general, stimulants can cause hyperactivity; however, Concerta has a calming effect, thereby reducing ADHD symptoms. The exact way the drug produces this effect is unknown -- it may affect certain chemicals in the brain.
(Click Concerta to learn more about this ADHD medication, including possible side effects, what to do in cases of overdose, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
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