ADD / ADHD Community
Concerta VS. Focalin?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Concerta VS. Focalin?

Has your child ever been on one or both of these meds? What did you notice? How did your child respond to these meds compared to Ritalin?

My son is being switched from Ritalin to one of these meds and im just wondering what parents have noticed. PLEASE NO NEGITIVE COMMENTS. Thank you :)
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
973741 tn?1342346373
I am sure that Sandman will have some input to give you.  The main difference I've read about extended release focalin verses extended release concerta is that focalin works faster (within 30 minutes of taking it) and is better for a child that needs the help prior to leaving for school and that type of thing.  So, it is reported that it begins working fast in the morning and continues to control symptoms during the day and then tapers off at hours 10 to 12.  Concerta may have a slightly better effect in those last two hours but less of an effect early on in the day after taking it.  Both have a pretty similar side effect profile and you are familiar with these from your child's current medication.  goodluck
Blank
189897 tn?1441130118
   Specialmoms comments are correct.  I do get the feeling that since Concerta is a slightly newer drug (and longer lasting) that getting the dosage correct is a bit more trouble.  Good article on this here - http://www.addadhdblog.com/concerta-getting-the-right-dose/#b6e48
   Just keep in mind that all kids are different and react differently, so one person's experiences may not be the same as the next.  
   Please feel free to post if you have any more questions.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
1712422 tn?1443341101
Blank
LovemyKids86 . Comment
10 hrs ago
1816154 tn?1433484088
Blank
hansen20 commented on photo
12 hrs ago
5575813 tn?1452484685
Blank
Hollus commented on photo
12 hrs ago
Top Children's Development Answerers
189897 tn?1441130118
Blank
Sandman2
San Pedro, CA
ADD / ADHD Community Resources
Top Children's Development Answerers
189897 tn?1441130118
Blank
Sandman2
San Pedro, CA