Concerta is a medication prescribed to patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Concerta is effective because of its ability to balance the brain’s naturally occurring substances called neurotransmitters.
Starting Concerta treatment can help patients pay attention, stay focused, organize tasks, improve listening skills and control behavior problems.
Starting a new medication has the potential to produce certain side effects, and starting Concerta treatment is no different. More common side effects of Concerta use are nervousness, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headache. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if these common side effects last an unusually long time or get worse over time.
Although uncommon, some patients experience more serious side effects after they begin using Concerta. Serious Concerta side effects include signs of blood flow problems, unusual wounds on the fingers or toes, fast heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, agitation, aggression, mood swings, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, uncontrolled muscle movements, twitching, shaking, sudden outbursts of sounds that are hard to control and vision changes. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you begin to experience these serious Concerta side effects.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience very severe Concerta side effects such as fainting, seizure, symptoms of a heart attack, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, symptoms of a stroke, confusion and sudden vision changes.
Even if you are taking Concerta just as your doctor prescribes, you may develop a dependence on or addiction to Concerta. You may notice certain signs if you or someone you love starts to develop an addiction to Concerta. These signs include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Concerta as well as losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once found enjoyable. Get medical help as soon as possible if these Concerta addiction signs become apparent.
If you no longer want to take Concerta, set up a meeting with your doctor before adjusting your Concerta dose and treatment schedule. Concerta should never be stopped cold turkey, as this has the potential to produce unwanted and enhanced Concerta withdrawal symptoms. If you want to discontinue your Concerta treatment, typically your doctor will gradually lower your dose over time so your body can respond to less and less of the medication accordingly.
The Recovery Village has a wide variety of resources and programs available to people who are looking to kick their Concerta addiction. Regardless of which program you enter, the first step in treatment is to detox the body of Concerta. Once the medication is completely out of the body, patients can participate in individual and group counseling as well as recreational activities while at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Concerta rehab allows patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers while they get over their Concerta addiction. This type of rehab is usually beneficial for patients experiencing very severe Concerta addiction or those who would have a hard time overcoming their addiction due to distractions from the outside world. While in the inpatient Concerta program, patients will learn skills from medical professionals on how to cope with their individual Concerta addiction challenges.
After completing the inpatient Concerta rehab, patients will enter the outpatient program option. While participating in outpatient Concerta rehab, patients will live at home as they attend scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village. In some cases, patients with less severe Concerta addiction may opt to skip the inpatient rehab option and begin their treatment with outpatient Concerta rehab.
Finding the right Concerta rehab center to fit your individual needs is an important step in your recovery journey. Set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what exactly would be most helpful to you in a Concerta rehab center. Some factors you may want to consider in making this decision are how long you have been taking Concerta and your Concerta dosage levels.
If you or someone you love is suffering from substance use disorder, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has a variety of resources for those looking to kick their addiction. Call our 24-hour, confidential hotline at 888-441-2410 to learn more about the life-saving resources and programs The Recovery Village has to offer.
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