Blog about personal experience with ADHD by Robert Dawson

Concerta: changes and concerns

Here is a summary of the changes I have noticed from using Concerta, followed by a set of concerns that I have about using it, all of which I will mention to my doctor.

Effects of Concerta

  • Much better focus
  • Slight loss of appetite
  • Verbosity
  • More sensitivity to sound

Concerns about Concerta

  • Are there any potential long-term problems associated with using Concerta?
  • Will I develop a tolerance to Concerta?
Since I have, you know, the Internet, I decided to search for answers to my concerns above. Regarding long-term problems or side effects, all I can find is a problem with growth in kids. Other than that, it seems that no one has studied the effects of taking Concerta for more than 7 weeks, which is odd given how long Ritalin has been around. Concerta was approved for adults in 2008. Thanks, Johnson & Johnson!

Concerta - Day 3

Sleep helps tremendously. Last night, I slept over 9 hours and, today, I felt very focused. In fact, I still do, I assume because I took Concerta later than usual, around 10am.

My brain seems to be on fire today. I had a few good ideas and made several interesting connections, which is unusual, although perhaps usual on 9 hours of sleep. The only downside I noticed is that I spent a long time working on something unimportant. I got so absorbed. And I was fascinated with myself for being so focused and able to solve problems.

So, the lesson is to focus on what's important. And, first, to set a daily agenda!

Tonight, I will try to sleep at least 7.5 hours so that I have enough energy tomorrow and can see if sleep helps as much as it seems. If tomorrow isn't productive, then Tuesday I will try another 18mg.