Reply To: Concerta Generic

Penny Williams

They are “relatively” the same, but not exactly the same. The generics (except Actavis/Jansen) don’t have the same time-release mechanism that makes Concerta unique. Most people find they are exponentially less effective than the brand or the approved generic that’s the same.

You say she was on Vyvanse and that was working well. Why did you switch?

Vyvanse is an amphetamine and Concerta is a methylphenidate. Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both. That means she likely needs to be on an amphetamine for the best results.

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Talk with the prescribing doctor about this and see what changes you can make (Although I’m disturbed that the doctor didn’t know the huge uproar about Concerta generics and that they aren’t the same and are sub-par).

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