Generic Concerta Is Not Created Equal
“I’ve been taking a generic form of Concerta, and it isn’t working as well as the brand-name formulation. What should I do?”
Many patients and physicians have noticed that the Concerta generic formulations are not working as well, or as long as, the original brand-name Concerta.
It turns out that the FDA allows any generic methylphenidate extended-release medication that comes in the same dose sizes as brand-name Concerta to be dispensed like the brand-name medication. There are four Concerta generics that fall into this category, all of which use different mechanisms of delivery. Three of them do not use the same osmotic release oral system as the original Concerta.
The best generic comes from Actavis (formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals), because it is an “authorized generic.”
This means that the original manufacturer sells brand-name Concerta to Actavis in bulk and Actavis repackages it. It is the same product. If you find that your Concerta generic is not working as well as the brand-name product, talk with your pharmacist.