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Concerta
(Methylphenidate)

Desoxyn
(Methamphetamine)

Helps you focus and stay alert. Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD. It comes in many different forms and is also available as a generic. That said, the immediate-release form needs to be taken more frequently than other alternatives.Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.
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Reviews for Concerta (Methylphenidate)
59%
of people say Concerta (Methylphenidate) is worth it
41%
say it works well
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Side effects
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How it works
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Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.
Type of medication
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StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children ages 7 to 10
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of seizures
      Detailed Concerta (Methylphenidate) risks & warnings »
      • History of heart problems
      • History of drug abuse
      • History of psychotic episodes
      • History of Bipolar Disorder
      • Children
      • History of seizures
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Breast-feeding
      • Taking MAO inhibitors, insulin and other high blood pressure medicine
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      Pregnancy category
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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
      • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
      No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.
      • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      • There have been reports of men having an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on Concerta (Methylphenidate). This has been rare and usually happened after a person's dose of Concerta (Methylphenidate) was increased. If not treated in time, this can cause permanent damage to your penis, including impotence. Talk to your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if this happens.
      No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.
      • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
      Weight
      • Appetite suppression may occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Concerta (Methylphenidate) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children ages seven to ten years. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
      • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
      • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
      Upsides and benefits
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      • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
      • Concerta (Methylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
      • Available as a generic medication.
      • Available in many different forms: extended-release and immediate-release oral tablets, chewable immediate-release tablets, liquid, suspension, and skin patches.
      • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
      • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
      • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
      Downsides and risks
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      • The immediate-release form needs to be taken two or three times a day.
      • After taking Concerta, the tablet shell can be seen in your stool, but don't be concerned since the medication was still absorbed by your body.
      • The second or third dose needs be taken by early afternoon, otherwise insomnia can affect you that night.
      • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
      • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
      • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
      • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
      • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
      • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • Since it comes in many different forms, there are different requirements for how to take or use each type. Make sure you know how to take the one you have.
      • Store Concerta (Methylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
      • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
      • It can cause changes in your mood.
      • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
      • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
      • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
      • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
      • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
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