Does your child need to be prescribed Concerta? KixCare can help your child get prescribed within minutes. Medications are only prescribed when determined by the doctor to be appropriate and safe for your children’s medical needs.
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KixCare Pediatricians can prescribe medications online where deemed medically necessary and appropriate after an assessment. Simply indicate your preferred pharmacy when booking your appointment and your Pediatrician will send a secure fax directly to that pharmacy with details on the medication name, formulation, dosage, frequency, and duration.
Please note: not all KixCare Pediatricians may be comfortable prescribing all types of medication. KixCare Pediatricians may refer your child to in-person care in cases where diagnoses cannot be confirmed online.
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Concerta, a brand of methylphenidate (also called Ritalin), is a stimulant medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It works by stimulating the nervous system and hormones like dopamine and norepinephrine in order to calm down your brain so it can focus more easily on the tasks at hand.
Concerta is used to treat children with ADHD. It helps increase your ability to pay attention, focus and decreases the tendency for impulsive behavior.
Concerta is an attention deficit disorder medication that should be taken orally, once a day in the morning. Concerta tablets cannot be chewed or crushed and can only be swallowed whole with water or other liquids. The dose of this drug will depend on your children's condition and response to treatment; it will need to be gradually adjusted by their doctor over time. Concerta is often taken in the dosage of 27mg, 54mg, or 72 mg.
If you have been giving Concerta for a long period of time, do not stop suddenly without speaking first to your child’s physician as doing so may lead them back into symptoms such as mood changes and unwanted thoughts when they were originally treated with Concerta which could put them at risk if this happens again.
Common side effects of taking Concerta include:
Difficulty sleeping (especially if medication is taken later in the day)
Lack of appetite
Dizziness and headaches
Doctors will only prescribe the drug if they have determined that its benefits outweigh any risks or side effects, and these must persist for some time before you can get a prescription without consulting your doctor first. If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your children's behavior after giving them this medicine, contact their physician as soon as possible because more serious side effects include extreme chills/numbness, an irregular heartbeat; mood swings on top of twitching, and sudden frenetic episodes which may indicate lack of control over emotions (compared to feeling manic).
Concerta is not suitable for everyone; let your doctor know if your child:
Is allergic to methylphenidate hydrochloride
Is taking or has taken in the last 14 days a medication called MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor), vasopressor agents or blood thinners
Has heart problems or a family history of heart issues
Has mental health issues including depression, mania, bipolar illness, or psychosis
Has glaucoma or a family history of Tourette’s syndrome
If your child is under the age of 6 should not take this medication.