Take Concerta exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.
Do not chew, crush, or divide the tablets. Swallow Concerta tablets whole with water or other liquids. Tell your doctor if you or your child cannot swallow Concerta whole. A different medicine may need to be prescribed. Concerta can be taken with or without food.
Take Concerta once each day in the morning. Concerta is an extended release tablet. It releases medication into your/your child's body throughout the day. The Concerta tablet does not dissolve completely in the body after all the medicine has been released. You or your child may sometimes notice the empty tablet in a bowel movement. This is normal.
From time to time, your doctor may stop Concerta treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms. Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Concerta. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Concerta. Concerta treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.