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Although most people tolerate Concerta well, there are some potential side effects of the medication. Some of the most common side effects of Concerta include headaches, upper respiratory infections, and abdominal pain. In many cases, the side effects are minor and may easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are more serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider, including suicidal thoughts, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
Concerta Side Effects: An IntroductionAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Concerta® (methylphenidate extended release). However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate Concerta well. When people do develop side effects, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by your or your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of ConcertaConcerta has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
- Loss of appetite -- in up to 25.3 percent of people
- Headaches -- up to 22.2 percent
- Dry mouth -- up to 14 percent
- Nausea -- up to 12.8 percent
- Insomnia -- up to 12.3 percent
- Tics (uncontrolled movements) -- up to 9 percent
- Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold) -- up to 8 percent
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain) -- up to 7 percent.
- Weight loss (see Concerta and Weight Loss)
- Accidental injury
- Increased sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Irritated or sore throat
- Sinus infection or irritation
- Irritated or runny nose
- Shakiness (tremor)
- Ingestion or heartburn
- Painful menstrual periods