Concerta (generic: methylphenidate) is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta belongs to a group of drugs called central nervous system stimulants, which helps increase attention, decrease impulsiveness, and decrease hyperactivity in patients with ADHD by changing amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.
This medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day in the morning. It is swallowed whole with water, with or without food.
Common side effects of Concerta include decreased appetite, dry mouth, and difficulty sleeping.