How long will it take for me to see results? And will I lose weight?
One thing that helped me as a first time concerta user was to call the company. They fill in the answers your doctor doesn't always have time for. What I asked them was exactly the lifespan and delivery of medicine is. For example, they tell you how much medicine the capsule delivers into your system all at once, followed by the whole day's time release, as well as the point (I believe she said 6-7) that the medicine peaks and starts to drop significantly. This helped alot to know at what time of the day the medication is strongest and weakest. Especially if you are taking other meds. and don't want them to interact. I regret I can't find the exact phone number I used, but the phone agent was very patient and thoroughly explained the drug, including possible interactions with other meds.
About the weight. It helped mildly, but I am a big eater, so it wasn't drastic in my case. Other people have said the appetite suppression was very powerful. I guess it's very individual in that way. Good luck and do lots of follow up for best results!
Concerta 18mg daily is the starting dose and then can be titrated up to a higher dose, such as you will be doing, after seven days. You will notice subtle changes within the first several days and they will become more pronounced as the days pass, especially when you begin the higher doses simply there because there is more of this substance avaliable to your brain. During this process, your awareness should be increasing, thoughts less scattered more consistent enabling you to follow through and complete tasks, initiate and sustain meaningful concentration to subject, idea, thought, appetite reduced, and overall more organized. Further, your level of energy may not increase, although it is possible, but your energy level should sustain you for a longer period of time so that you can complete the tasks you first began. It will not be perfect, but should occur more often than not. You could begin to loose body weight within the first several days the Concerta was started and more over time as you take the medication and potentially dosage is raised or adjusted.
- Concerta Information for Consumers
- Concerta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Concerta (detailed)
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