Hello! My name is Jess and I've been on and off concerta for about 7 years. I started on a 54 dosage when I was in 3rd grade, when I was diagnosed with ADHD. I don't remember a lot about how I felt at first, probably because I wasn't very attentive. But a few months back I switched to Vyvanse, and now I've come back to Concerta. I've noticed A LOT of side effects recently. When I started taking it in 3rd grade, I lost about 20 pounds within a few months. Now that I'm back on Concerta, I'm wondering if I will loose that weight again? Basically the question of this is if all of these side effects are normal, and will they have long term effects on my body. Also, is there any way to fix these side effects? I'll list them.
First up is my lack of personality. I am a completely diffferent person when I take the medicine. I am a zomby; very anti-social and very shy. When I don't take them, I am VERY outgoing and loud, obnoxiuous, almost. That's one of the reasons I tried to stop taking them for a short period of time. I wanted to be myself. But then my grades dropped dramatically and I decided that wasn't the right choice.
Another side effect is complete loss of appetite. When I take them, food makes me gag. I also have trouble getting myself to drink water when I take them. I'm fairly sure that this is unhealthy and probably isn't good for me. Although I am looking to lose a few pounds, I don't want to do it the unhealthy way.
There are a lot fo little side effects with the medication too. I have a very hard time sleeping. I become very cranky, and honestly mean to the people around me. I get headaches every morning. My heart beats very fast. I get shaky and dizzy. And I get extreme dry-mouth, but that probably has something to do with the fact that I don't drink a lot of water. I also have very frequent and urgent urinations when I take Concerta.
So, yeah! Those are my side effects! Any comments or tips for them would be greatly apprececiated!
By the way, I've tried lower dosages of Concerta and even tried other brands. But none of them seem to keep me focused as much as 54mg's of Concerta.
Thank you again!
Years back I was on Concerta and had multiple dose changes (both up and down). Almost all the side effects you listed I experienced as well at the 54 level, which is when the Doc stepped me back down on dose. From my experience and reading those are indicators the dose may be a little (or lot) high. I now see a different PCP who writes my scrips and have switched to Adderall, which seems to work better for me but has similar side effects at high doses. The social isolation is possibly due to overstimulation in your brain causing apprehension, something I have also experienced. When lowering my dose, it became ineffective enough to warrant moving back up. To combat the apprehension I took clonazepam, an anxiolytic medication which was deemed appropriate due to pre-existing anxiety unrelated to the stimulants. In general, though, being on stimulants and depressants is avoided and not recommended, which my PCP mentioned though I was aware of it anyway... Good luck with getting leveled out