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Concerta vs. Adderall XR

Are Concerta and Adderall XR the Same Thing?

Concerta (methylphenidate extended release tablets) and Adderall XR (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts) are used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall XR is also used to treat narcolepsy.

Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant and Adderall XR is an amphetamine.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Concerta?

Common side effects of Concerta include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adderall XR?

Common side effects of Adderall XR include:

What is Concerta?

Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Concerta should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Concerta is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Concerta in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Concerta may harm others, and is against the law.

Tell your doctor if you or your child has (or has a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

What is Adderall XR?

Adderall XR is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adderall XR may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Adderall XR should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Adderall XR is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.

Adderall XR is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adderall XR in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adderall XR may harm others, and is against the law.

Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

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What Drugs Interact With Concerta?

Tell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child takes including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Concerta and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking Concerta.

Your doctor will decide whether Concerta can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

  • antidepression medicines including MAOIs
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • blood pressure medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants

Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Concerta without talking to your doctor first.

What Drugs Interact With Adderall XR?

Tell your doctor if you or your child are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Can Adderall XR be taken with other medicines?

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Adderall XR and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking Adderall XR.

Your doctor will decide whether Adderall XR can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child take:

  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • blood pressure medicines
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
  • stomach acid medicines

Know the medicines that you or your child take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Adderall XR without talking to your doctor first.

How Should Concerta Be Taken?

Take Concerta exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.

Do not chew, crush, or divide the tablets.

Swallow Concerta tablets whole with water or other liquids. Tell your doctor if you or your child cannot swallow Concerta whole. A different medicine may need to be prescribed.

Concerta can be taken with or without food.

Take Concerta once each day in the morning. Concerta is an extended-release tablet. It releases medication into your or your child's body throughout the day.

The Concerta tablet does not dissolve completely in the body after all the medicine has been released. You or your child may sometimes notice the empty tablet in a bowel movement. This is normal.

From time to time, your doctor may stop Concerta treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.

Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Concerta. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Concerta. Concerta treatment may be topped if a problem is found during these check-ups.

If you or your child takes too much Concerta or verdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

How Should Adderall XR Be Taken?

Take Adderall XR exactly as prescribed.

Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.

Adderall XR tablets are usually taken two to three times a day. The first dose is usually taken when you first wake in the morning. One or two more doses may be taken during the day, 4 to 6 hours apart.

Adderall XR can be taken with or without food.

From time to time, your doctor may stop Adderall XR treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.

Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Adderall XR. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Adderall XR. Adderall XR treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.

If you or your child take too much Adderall XR or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

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References

Concerta Drug Information.
https://www.concerta.net/
FDA. Adderall XR Drug Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/021303s026lbl.pdf
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