I have a severe allergy to polyethylene glycol. I get hives, tightness in my chest, difficulty breathing, swollen mouth, gums, tongue. I have been taking Concerta for several years, and never associated several of the allergic problems I have been having with Concerta. Recently, after increasing my dose of Concerta, I have experienced a rise in hypertension. However, this seems to be due the swelling caused by the polyethylene glycol I have recently discovered is found in at least six of the medicines I have been prescribed, including Concerta. Of all of them, I cannot do without my Concerta, or I will not be able to manage my life due to ADHD. A related question: Does anyone know about compounding of Concerta, and if this is possible to eliminate the polyethylene glycol?
Has anyone here had allergic reactions to Concerta?
- 11 Feb 2011 by Kermit88
- 30 December 2011
- concerta, angioedema, hives, asthma, allergies, allergic reactions, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), tongue, lips
Added 12 Feb 2011:
The following side effects are listed under the drug Concerta extended release ON THIS SITE. No mention is made under the "side effects" for this medication that they may be caused by a possible allergy to polyethylene glycol and "inactive" ingredient in this product.
I think that the FDA should require labeling and package inserts CLEARLY state this possibility, and which ingredient(s) may be responsible, so that people having similar reactions can start to identify which ingredients they may be causing their reactions, and can proactively investigate these ingredients in the medicines they are taking. If they require cigarettes be labeled in this manner, they should require labeling cautions of other harmful ingredients that are ubiquitous (as polyethylene glycol is) in many medicines in the same way.
**** Please leave your comments on this labeling issue, since it has the potential to be a life threatening allergic response. I intend to follow up on these concerns of me and others with the FDA to see if I can get the labeling requirements for this ingredient changed for the good of all. ****
"Concerta Side Effects
Generic Name: methylphenidate hydrochloride
Please note - some side effects for Concerta may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
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Side Effects of Concerta - for the Consumer
Concerta Extended-Release Tablets
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Concerta Extended-Release Tablets:
Dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; weight loss.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Concerta Extended-Release Tablets:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; joint pain; purple or brownish red spots on the skin); behavior changes (eg, aggression, hostility, restlessness); blurred vision or other vision problems; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; dark urine; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, abnormal thoughts, agitation, anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks, persistent crying, unresponsiveness, unusual sadness); one-sided weakness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; slurred speech; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; uncontrolled speech or muscle movements; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA."
Hello Kermit88. Its been some time since you asked your question and I'm really curious as to what finaaly did you descide if anything, to possibly say, guessing here, dropping concerta and possibly trying another drug for the ADHD? The compounding is a great solution and was it possible to go that route? Hopefully, its been resolved. Wishing you the best,pledge
- Concerta Information for Consumers
- Concerta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Concerta (detailed)
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