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'Adrenal Burnout' from Concerta?
"Is it true that long-term use of Concerta can cause 'burnout' of the adrenal glands?"
Concerta is a long-acting form of methylphenidate, the same drug that is also in Ritalin. Ritalin has been used since the mid-1950s, and, to date, there is no evidence that long-term use causes "adrenal burnout."
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.