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Penny Williams
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No stimulant medications last 24 hours. If they did, most people wouldn’t get any sleep. Concerta lasts up to 12 hours after taking it — the exact time depends on your metabolism and genetics. On occasion, I hear of people taking two doses of a long-acting stimulant a day, but the more common scenario is to take a short-acting stimulant as a booster when the long-acting medication is wearing off.

Here’s more on Concerta:

Concerta: Frequently Asked Questions

Ultimately, you need to discuss this with your doctor.

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism