Taken once and lasting for 12 hours. Whether youâ€™re six years old or 65.
Sounds like this might be a good idea for a new medication. Well, Ortho-MacNeil thought so. And the result is CONCERTA, a new timed-release drug for not only adults with ADHD, but children as well.
Recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, for adults, this medication has been on the market (as you probably well know) for children for quite a while. In fact, it was the first of the new generation of time-released drugs for ADHD.
CONCERTA uses a relative new delivery system, called OROS â€“ which stands for Osmotic Release Oral System — to help deliver â€œpoorly soluble drugsâ€ to your body as quickly as possible. Additionally, this method unique to CONCERTA gives your system a consistent dosage of the medication over 12 hours. This is good news not only to get the symptoms alleviated fast, but to avoid those ups and downs that often accompany other medications.
Whether you choose this medication is a decision between you and your doctor. Iâ€™m certainly not saying itâ€™s the right medication for you. Now, you know itâ€™s approved for adults.
It’s important to realize something that many people donâ€™t: That ADHD does not simply disappear for many individuals when they reach that magical, legal age of 18. In fact, research shows that up to 70 percent of children are still affected with ADHD once they hit adulthood!
Statistics show that adult ADHD affects some 8 million people â€“ or one in 20 of us! â€“ on a daily basis. Those who do have it know exactly what Iâ€™m talking about â€“ even if your co-workers or supervisors donâ€™t. For adults, ADHD may get in the way of not only career development, but social relationships as well as personal relationships.
Public health officials generally label a mental health condition a â€œdisorderâ€ and recommend treatment when the symptoms impair your daily life patterns. The fact that you now have the option at least to have your symptoms lessened for a full 12 hours is not necessarily a bad thing!
Options are usually quite desirable!
What is the impact of CONCERTA being approved for Adults?
My experience is that most Psychiatrists who are experts in ADHD were already using this medication for Adult ADHD. However, having this approval (or â€˜indicationâ€™) for adult ADHD means that more physicians will feel comfortable to use it in adults when it is indicated. This may mean that it will be easier for adults to get the medication that they need.
There may be some other medicines approved for adults in the USA. As I’m a Canadian doctor, I’m not sure if there are others. Please share your comments or thoughts below.
[tags] Concerta, ADD, ADHD, Medication, Adult ADHD [/tags]