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S1759 LEAFLET Concerta 18mg 20170628


How to store Concerta XL

feeling aggressive, agitated, anxious, depressed, irritable,
tense, jittery and abnormal behaviour


upset stomach or indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhoea, feeling
sick, stomach discomfort and being sick.

Do not store above 30°C. Keep the bottle tightly closed in order
to protect from moisture.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on
the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

The pack contains one or two silica gel pouches. These
pouches are used to keep the tablets dry and should not be

dry eyes


chest discomfort

blood in the urine


shaking or trembling

increased need to pass urine

muscle pain, muscle twitching

shortness of breath or chest pain


feeling hot

What Concerta XL contains

increases in liver test results (seen in a blood test)

anger, feeling restless or tearful, talking too much, excessive
awareness of surroundings, problems sleeping.

The active substance is methylphenidate hydrochloride. Each tablet
contains 18mg of methylphenidate hydrochloride.

trouble seeing or double vision

swelling of the breasts in men

excessive sweating, redness of the skin, red raised skin rash.

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

How it works

The full name for ADHD is ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Concerta XL improves the activity of certain parts of the brain which
are under-active.

Contents of the pack and other information

The medicine helps with your brain activity. It can help improve
your attention, help you concentrate, and make you less

The other ingredients are:

butylhydroxytoluene (E321), cellulose acetate, hypromellose
(E464), phosphoric acid concentrated, poloxamer 188,
polyethylene oxides 200k MW and 7000k MW, povidone K2932, sodium chloride, stearic acid, succinic acid, iron oxide black
(E172), iron oxide yellow (E172)
Film coat: hypromellose (E464), lactose monohydrate, titanium
dioxide (E171), triacetin, iron oxide yellow (E172) and stearic
Clear coat: carnauba wax, hypromellose (E464), macrogol

abnormal liver function including sudden liver failure and coma
changes in test results – including liver and blood tests

What Concerta XL looks like and contents of the pack

abnormal thinking, lack of feeling or emotion, doing things over
and over again, being obsessed with one thing

fingers and toes feeling numb, tingling and changing colour
(from white to blue, then red) when cold (‘Raynaud’s

Printing Ink: iron oxide black (E172), hypromellose (E464),
isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol and purified water.

Before you take this medicine, talk to your doctor if:

You have heart, circulation, or mental health problems – you
may not be able to take this medicine.

You are taking any other medicines - this is because
methylphenidate can affect how other medicines work.

Read Section 2 for more information.
While taking this medicine:


educational and

social therapy.

It is prescribed only by doctors who have experience in children or
young people's behaviour problems. Although there is no cure for
ADHD, it can be managed using treatment programmes.
About ADHD
Children and young people with ADHD find it:

hard to sit still and

hard to concentrate.

It is not their fault that they cannot do these things.
Many children and young people struggle to do these things.
However, with ADHD they can cause problems with everyday life.
Children and young people with ADHD may have difficulty learning
and doing homework. They find it hard to behave well at home, at
school or in other places.

Do not stop taking the medicine without first talking to your

Capsule-shaped yellow tablet with 'alza 18' printed on one side in
black ink.

ADHD does not affect the intelligence of a child or young person.

Concerta XL tablets are available in bottle packs of 30 tablets.

Your doctor may stop your medicine to see if it is still needed, if
you take it for more than a year.

The most common side effects are feeling nervous, not being
able to sleep or having a headache.


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dilated pupils

very high fever

slow, fast or extra heart beats

This product is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV,
Turnhoutseweg 30, 2340, Beerse, Belgium.

a major fit (‘grand mal convulsions’)

believing things that are not true

severe stomach pain, often with feeling and being sick

if you are not growing as expected, then your treatment with
methylphenidate may be stopped for a short time.

Read Section 1 for more information.

You need to have other treatments for ADHD as well as this

The medicine is given as part of a treatment programme, which
usually includes:

See your doctor regularly. This is because your doctor will want
to check how the medicine is working.


your doctor will carefully watch your height and weight, as well
as how well you are eating.

The medicine can help improve attention (attention span),
concentration and reduce impulsive behaviour.


it is used only after trying treatments which do not involve
medicines. Such as counselling and behavioural therapy.

This medicine is used to treat ADHD

there may be lack of weight gain or height growth.

Important things you need to know about your medicine

it is used in children and young people between the ages of 6
and 18.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment

small red marks on the skin

When used for more than a year, methylphenidate may cause
reduced growth in some children. This affects less than 1 in 10

Effects on growth

The active substance is ‘methylphenidate hydrochloride'. The name
‘methylphenidate' will also be used in this leaflet.

Concerta XL is used to treat ‘attention deficit hyperactivity disorder’

Concerta XL is not for use as a treatment for ADHD in children
under 6 years of age or for the initiation of treatment in adults.
When treatment was started at a younger age, it might be
appropriate to continue taking Concerta XL when you become an
adult. Your doctor will advise you about this.

muscle cramps

The name of your medicine is Concerta® XL 18 mg Prolonged
Release Tablets, but will be referred to as Concerta XL throughout
the following leaflet.

What Concerta XL is and what it is used for

What it is used for

Please note that other strengths (36 and 54mg) are also available
for Concerta XL Prolonged Release Tablets.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available

(methylphenidate hydrochloride)


If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist
who will tell you what to do.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
feeling disorientated or confused

Concerta XL 18 mg Prolonged Release Tablets

S1759 LEAFLET Concerta 18mg 20170628



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Leaflet revision date: 28 June 2017

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Concerta® is a registered trademark of Alza Corporation.

Read Sections 3 and 4 for more information.
Talk to your doctor straight away if any of the following

Your mood and how you feel changes.

You feel any problems with your heart.

Read Section 4 for more information.
The rest of this leaflet includes more detail and other important
information on the safe and effective use of this medicine.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or

This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
See section 4.

If you get any side effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
In the UK you can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.

Do not take Concerta XL if:

you are allergic to methylphenidate or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)

you have a thyroid problem

you have increased pressure in your eye (glaucoma)

you have a tumour of your adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)

you have an eating problem when you do not feel hungry or
want to eat - such as ‘anorexia nervosa’

you have very high blood pressure or narrowing of the blood
vessels, which can cause pain in the arms and legs

you have ever had heart problems - such as a heart attack,
uneven heartbeat, pain and discomfort in the chest, heart
failure, heart disease or were born with a heart problem

you have had a problem with the blood vessels in your brain such as a stroke, swelling and weakening of part of a blood
vessel (aneurysm), narrow or blocked blood vessels, or
inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis)

you are currently taking or have taken within the last 14 days an
antidepressant (known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor)- see
‘Other medicines and Concerta XL’

you have mental health problems such as:

The leaflet has been written in sections:


a ‘psychopathic’ or ‘borderline personality’ problem


Sections 1 to 6 are for parents and carers (sometimes called
‘your guardians’).


abnormal thoughts or visions or an illness called


The last section is a special section for a child or young person
to read.


S1759 LEAFLET Concerta 18mg 20170628
Reporting of side effects

What you need to know before you take Concerta XL

signs of a severe mood problem like:

feeling like killing yourself

However, all sections are written as though the child or young
person taking the medicine is reading them.


severe depression, where you feel very sad, worthless
and hopeless

The sections are:


mania, where you feel unusually excitable, over-active,
and un-inhibited.


What Concerta XL is and what it is used for


What you need to know before you take Concerta XL


How to take Concerta XL


Possible side effects


How to store Concerta XL


Contents of the packet and other information

Do not take methylphenidate if any of the above apply to you. If you
are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take
methylphenidate. This is because methylphenidate can make these
problems worse.

Information for children and young people
Now read the rest of this leaflet before you start taking this
medicine because it contains important information for you.

Other things to remember

Who should I ask if there is anything I don’t understand?

Information for children and young people

make sure you keep your medicine in a safe place, so that no
one else takes it, especially younger brothers or sisters.

Your mum, dad, carer, doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to
help you.

This info is to help you learn the main things about your medicine
called Concerta XL.

the medicine is special for you - do not let anyone else have
it. It may help you, but it could hurt someone else.

if you forget to take your medicine don’t take two tablets the
next time. Just take one tablet at the next normal time.

if you do take too much medicine, tell your mum, dad or carer
right away.

it is important not to take too much medicine or you will get ill.

don’t stop taking your medicine until your doctor says it’s OK.

Why have I been given this medicine?
This medicine can help children and young people with ‘ADHD’.

If you don’t enjoy reading, someone like your mum, dad or carer
(sometimes called ‘your guardian’) can read it to you and answer
any questions.
It may help if you read small bits at a time.

ADHD can make you:

run about too much


not be able to pay attention


act quickly without thinking about what will happen next

It affects learning, making friends and how you think about
yourself. It is not your fault.

Warnings and precautions

medicines for epilepsy

Talk to your doctor before taking Concerta XL if:

medicines used to reduce or increase blood pressure

some cough and cold remedies which contain medicines that
can affect blood pressure. It is important to check with your
pharmacist when you buy any of these products

medicines that thin the blood to prevent blood clots.

you have liver or kidney problems

you have a problem with swallowing or swallowing whole

you have a narrowing or blockage of your gut or food-pipe

you have had fits (seizures, convulsions, epilepsy) or any
abnormal brain scans (EEGs)

you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol,
prescription medicines or street drugs

you are a girl and have started your periods (see the
‘Pregnancy, breast-feeding and contraception’ section below)

you have hard-to-control, repeated twitching of any parts of the
body or you repeat sounds and words

you have high blood pressure

you have a heart problem which is not in the ‘Do not take’
section above

you have a mental health problem which is not in the ‘Do not
take’ section above.
Other mental health problems include:
- mood swings (from being manic to being depressed - called
‘bipolar disorder’)
- starting to be aggressive or hostile, or your aggression gets
- seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there
- believing things that are not true (delusions)

If you are in any doubt about whether any medicines you are taking
are included in the list above, ask your doctor or pharmacist before
taking methylphenidate.
Please tell you doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
Having an operation
Tell your doctor if you are going to have an operation. You should
not take methylphenidate on the day of your surgery if a certain
type of anaesthetic is used. This is because there is a chance of a
sudden rise in blood pressure during the operation.
Drug testing
This medicine may give a positive result when testing for drug use.
This includes testing used in sport.
Concerta XL with alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Alcohol may make
the side effects of this medicine worse. Remember that some foods
and medicines contain alcohol.

- feeling unusually suspicious (paranoia)
- feeling agitated, anxious or tense

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and contraception

- feeling depressed or guilty.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before
taking this medicine.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the above apply to you
before starting treatment. This is because methylphenidate can
make these problems worse. Your doctor will want to monitor how
the medicine affects you.
During treatment, boys and adolescents may unexpectedly
experience prolonged erections. This may be painful and can occur
at any time. It is important to contact your doctor straight away if
your erection lasts for longer than 2 hours, particularly if this is

It is not known if methylphenidate will affect an unborn baby. Tell
your doctor or pharmacist before using methylphenidate if you are:

having sex. Your doctor will discuss contraception with you

pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Your doctor will decide
whether you should take methylphenidate.

breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. It is possible that
methylphenidate is passed into human breast milk. Therefore,
your doctor will decide whether you should breast-feed while
taking methylphenidate.

Checks that your doctor will make before you start taking
Concerta XL
These checks are to decide if methylphenidate is the correct
medicine for you. Your doctor will talk to you about:

any other medicines you are taking

whether there is any family history of sudden unexplained death

any other medical problems (such as heart problems) you or
your family may have

how you are feeling, such as feeling high or low, having strange
thoughts or if you have had any of these feelings in the past

This medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you
sleepy or dizzy.

whether there is a family history of ‘tics’ (hard-to-control,
repeated twitching of any parts of the body or repeating sounds
and words)

Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it
affects you.

It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to

any mental health or behaviour problems you or other family
members have ever had. Your doctor will discuss whether you
are at risk of having mood swings (from being manic to being
depressed - called ‘bipolar disorder’). They will check your
mental health history, and check if any of your family have a
history of suicide, bipolar disorder or depression.

It is important that you provide as much information as you can.
This will help your doctor decide if methylphenidate is the correct
medicine for you. Your doctor may decide that other medical tests
are needed before you start taking this medicine.
Other medicines and Concerta XL
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take
any other medicines.
Do not take methylphenidate if you:

are taking a medicine called a ‘monoamine oxidase inhibitor’
(MAOI) used for depression, or have taken an MAOI in the last
14 days. Taking an MAOI with methylphenidate may cause a
sudden increase in your blood pressure.

If you are taking other medicines, methylphenidate may affect how
well they work or may cause side effects. If you are taking any of
the following medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking methylphenidate:

other medicines for depression

medicines for severe mental health problems

you should take Concerta XL once each day in the morning with
a glass of water. The tablet should be swallowed whole and not
chewed, broken, or crushed. The tablet may be taken with or
without food.

The tablet does not dissolve completely after all of the drug has
been released and sometimes the tablet shell may appear in your
stools. This is normal.

If you do not feel better, tell your doctor. They may decide you need
a different treatment.



It was not affecting your ability to drive safely

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is
safe for you to drive while taking this medicine. There is further
information for patients who are intending to drive in Great Britain –
go to

If Concerta XL is not used properly, this may cause abnormal
behaviour. It may also mean that you start to depend on the
medicine. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or been
dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
feeling unusually excited, over-active and un-inhibited (mania)

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
sudden death
suicidal attempt

fits (seizures, convulsions epilepsy)

skin peeling or purplish red patches

If you take more Concerta XL than you should

inflammation or blocked arteries in the brain

If you take too much medicine, talk to a doctor or call an ambulance
straight away. Tell them how much has been taken.

muscle spasms which you cannot control affecting your eyes,
head, neck, body and nervous system -due to a temporary lack
of blood supply to the brain

decrease in number of blood cells (red cells, white cells and
platelets) which can make you more likely to get infections, and
make you bleed and bruise more easily

a sudden increase in body temperature, very high blood
pressure and severe convulsions (‘Neuroleptic Malignant
Syndrome’). It is not certain that this side effect is caused by
methylphenidate or other drugs that may be taken in
combination with methylphenidate.

This medicine is only for you. Do not give this medicine to anyone
else, even if their symptoms seem similar.

Signs of overdose may include: being sick, feeling agitated,
shaking, increased uncontrolled movements, muscle twitching, fits
(may be followed by coma), feeling very happy, being confused,
seeing, feeling or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations),
sweating, flushing, headache, high fever, changes in heart beat
(slow, fast or uneven), high blood pressure, dilated pupils and dry
nose and mouth.
If you forget to take Concerta XL
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you
forget a dose, wait until it is time for the next dose.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available

If you stop taking Concerta XL

unwanted thoughts that keep coming back

If you suddenly stop taking this medicine, the ADHD symptoms may
come back or unwanted effects such as depression may appear.
Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the amount of medicine
taken each day, before stopping it completely. Talk to your doctor
before stopping Concerta XL.

unexplained fainting, chest pain, shortness of breath (these can
be signs of heart problems)

paralysis or problems with movement and vision, difficulties in
speech (these can be signs of problems with the blood vessels
in your brain)

prolonged erections, sometimes painful or an increased number
of erections.

Things your doctor will do when you are on treatment

If you have any of the side effects above, see a doctor straight

before you start - to make sure that Concerta XL is safe and will
be of benefit.

after you start - they will be done at least every 6 months, but
possibly more often. They will also be done when the dose is

Other side effects include the following, if they get serious,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist:

these tests will include:

Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)


checking your appetite

feeling nervous

measuring height and weight

not being able to sleep.

measuring blood pressure and heart rate

checking whether you have any problems with your mood,
state of mind or any other unusual feelings. Or if these have
got worse while taking Concerta XL.

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

joint pain

blurred vision

Long-term treatment

tension headache

Concerta XL does not need to be taken for ever. If you take
Concerta XL for more than a year, your doctor should stop
treatment for a short time, this may happen during a school holiday.
This will show if the medicine is still needed.

dry mouth, thirst

trouble falling asleep

high temperature (fever)

problems with sex drive

unusual hair loss or thinning

muscle tightness, muscle cramps

loss of appetite or decreased appetite

inability to develop or maintain an erection

itching, rash or raised red itchy rashes (hives)

feeling unusually sleepy or drowsy, feeling tired

clenching or grinding your teeth, feeling of panic

tingling feeling, prickling, or numbness of the skin

increased alanine aminotransferase (liver enzyme) level in your

cough, sore throat or nose and throat irritation; upper
respiratory tract infection; sinus infection

high blood pressure, fast heart beat (tachycardia)

dizziness (vertigo), feeling weak, movements which you cannot
control, being unusually active

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects

How to take Concerta XL

your doctor will usually start treatment with a low dose and
increase it gradually as required.

signs of allergy such as rash, itching or hives on the skin,
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body,
shortness of breath, wheezing or trouble breathing

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. Although some people get side effects,
most people find that methylphenidate helps them. Your doctor will
talk to you about these side effects.

uncontrolled speech and body movements (Tourette’s)

heart attack

This medicine contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been
told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars,
talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.


How much to take

seeing, feeling, or hearing things that are not real, these are
signs of psychosis

Concerta XL contains lactose


thinking about or feeling like killing yourself

Not using Concerta XL properly

The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or
dental problem and
You have taken it according to the instructions given by
the prescriber or in the information provided with the
medicine and

However, you would not be committing an offence if:

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

If you do not feel better after 1 month of treatment

Your doctor will do some tests
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy, have problems focussing or have blurred vision
when taking methylphenidate. If these happen it may be dangerous
to do things such as drive, use machines, ride a bike or horse or
climb trees.

Some side effects could be serious. If you have any of the side
effects below, see a doctor straight away:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

uneven heartbeat (palpitations)

mood changes or mood swings or changes in personality

the maximum daily dose is 54 mg.

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While you are taking this medicine

Some people cannot have this medicine

How do I take my medicine?

Possible side effects

as well as taking this medicine you will also get help with ways
to cope with your ADHD such as talking to ADHD specialists.

You cannot have this medicine if:
 you have a problem with your heart

swallow your medicine with water.

this medicine should help you. But it does not cure ADHD.

your doctor will tell you how many times a day you should take
your medicine

you will need to go to your doctor several times a year for check
ups. This is to make sure the medicine is working and that you
are growing and developing OK.

Some people need to talk to their doctor before they start
having this medicine

do not stop taking the medicine without talking to your doctor

Side effects are the unwanted things that can happen when you
take a medicine. If any of the following happen, tell an adult you
trust straight away. They can then talk to your doctor. The main
things that could affect you are:

if you take the medicine for more than one year, your doctor
may stop your medicine to see if it is still needed. This will
probably happen in a school holiday.
do not drink alcohol. Alcohol may make the side effects of this
medicine worse.
if you are having sex, please talk to your doctor about
contraception. Girls must tell their doctor straight away if they
think they may be pregnant. We do not know how this medicine
affects unborn babies.

you feel very unhappy, depressed or have a mental illness.

feeling worried or nervous

feeling dizzy, or getting head aches

You need to talk to your doctor if:

being very depressed and unhappy or wanting to hurt yourself

you have epilepsy (fits)

you are pregnant or breastfeeding

having different moods than usual, not being able to get to

you are taking other medicines – your doctor needs to know
about all the medicines you are taking.

skin rashes, bruising easily, getting out of breath

the medicine can also make you feel sleepy. If you feel sleepy,
it is important not to do outdoor sports like riding a horse or
bike, swimming or climbing trees. You could hurt yourself and

your heart beating faster than usual.

If you feel unwell in any way while you are taking your
medicine please tell an adult you trust straight away.

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