Common Brands Concerta, Adhansia XR, Aptensio XR, Jornay PM, QuilliChew ER, Quillivant XR, Ritalin LA, Relexxii
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Schedule II
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Concerta is a prescription medication known primarily for its role in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. It contains methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant, which works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to improve attention and focus while reducing impulsive and hyperactive behaviors. 

Concerta is distinctive for its extended-release formula, which provides a gradual release of the medication throughout the day, thereby maintaining a more consistent therapeutic effect and minimizing the need for multiple doses.

The effectiveness of Concerta for ADHD has been well-established in various clinical studies, making it a commonly prescribed medication for managing this condition. However, it’s important to use it under strict medical supervision due to potential side effects, which can include insomnia, decreased appetite, stomach pain, headache, and increased blood pressure. 

It’s also notable for its potential for abuse and dependency, as methylphenidate is a controlled substance. Therefore, it’s crucial for healthcare providers to monitor its use closely and educate patients and caregivers about the proper use and potential risks associated with Concerta.



Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation