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Quillichew ER vs. Concerta

Are Quillichew ER and Concerta the Same Thing?

QuilliChew ER (methylphenidate hydrochloride) extended-release chewable tablets and Concerta (methylphenidate extended release tablets) are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Side effects of QuilliChew ER and Concerta that are similar include weight loss, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, decreased appetite, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, dry mouth, sleep problems (insomnia), nervousness, blurred vision or vision problems, and increased sweating.

Side effects of QuilliChew ER that are different from Concerta include mood swings, rapid heart rate, aggression, indigestion, restlessness, agitation, spinning sensation (vertigo), tremor, palpitations, fever, and increased blood pressure.

Side effects of Concerta that are different from QuilliChew ER include skin rash or numbness/tingling/cold feeling in the hands or feet.

Both QuilliChew ER and Concerta may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

Concerta may also interact with blood thinners, clonidine, dobutamine, epinephrine, isoproterenol, cold/allergy medicine that contains phenylephrine (a decongestant), potassium citrate, sodium acetate, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and potassium citrate, sodium citrate and citric acid, medications to treat high or low blood pressure, stimulant medications, diet pills, seizure medicines, or antidepressants.

Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking QuilliChew ER or Concerta.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Quillichew ER?

Common side effects of Quillichew ER include:

  • weight loss,
  • anxiety,
  • dizziness,
  • irritability,
  • mood swings,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • decreased appetite,
  • aggression,
  • headache,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • indigestion,
  • dry mouth,
  • vomiting,
  • insomnia,
  • nervousness,
  • restlessness,
  • agitation,
  • spinning sensation (vertigo),
  • tremor,
  • blurred vision,
  • palpitations,
  • increased sweating,
  • fever, and
  • increased blood pressure.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Concerta?

Common side effects of Concerta include:

  • stomach pain,
  • loss of appetite,
  • headache,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • anxiety,
  • dizziness,
  • weight loss,
  • irritability,
  • vision problems,
  • skin rash,
  • nervousness,
  • numbness/tingling/cold feeling in the hands or feet, and
  • sweating.

QUESTION

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What Is Quillichew ER?

QuilliChew ER (methylphenidate hydrochloride) extended-release chewable tablets is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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 Drugs Interact With Quillichew ER?

QuilliChew ER may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you or your child uses. During pregnancy, QuilliChew ER should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if it would affect a fetus. QuilliChew ER passes into breast milk. It is unknown if it would affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking QuilliChew ER.

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.

SLIDESHOW

ADHD Symptoms in Children See Slideshow

How Should Quillichew ER Be Taken?

For patients 6 years and above, the recommended starting dose of QuilliChew ER is 20 mg given orally once daily in the morning.

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.

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References
SOURCE:

NextWave Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Quillichew ER Product Information.

https://www.quillivantxr-quillichewer.com/

Janssen. Concerta Product Information.

https://www.concerta.net/

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