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Concerta® (methylphenidate extended release) is a prescription drug licensed to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
 
Although the medication has been shown to be effective for ADHD treatment, not everyone can safely take Concerta. Drug information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before you begin treatment to help minimize risks. You should let him or her know if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse before you start taking it.
 
Another piece of important Concerta info to be aware of is that the medication is a stimulant that is commonly abused. Since it is a controlled substance, there are special rules for prescribing it.
 
Concerta comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day first thing in the morning. The tablets are designed to be released slowly over time, so you only need to take it once daily, which eliminates the need to take the drug at school or at work.
 
(Click Concerta for other important Concerta drug information, including who makes this drug, how effective is it, and what side effects may occur during treatment.)
 
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