How does Concerta treat ADHD?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Concerta (methylphenidate) is known as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. These types of medications  change the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. There are various types of methylphenidate available. Concerta is a long-acting, extended-release tablet, so it provides some medication immediately and then releases steady doses of the remaining amount over a long time.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects your ability to concentrate, focus, and control your behavior and movements. The definitive mechanism of Concerta on treatment of ADHD is unknow.  However, current studies indicate that Concerta can treat ADHD by manipulating the transport of certain chemicals in the body to calm your body and increase your ability to focus. Concerta is just one part of the program for ADHD treatment. Concerta should be used in conjunction with behavioral therapy, academic counseling, and social interaction to help address ADHD symptoms.