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I have lost the first 4 months of taking concerta but now i seem to pack on the pounds no matter what I do.. its depressing me. I have never been this heavy.
I also noticed its not working like it used too. At this moment i have been on concerta for 8months, the first couple of months was a dream come true! now all i feel is upset, i get focused only 3 hours max then all i want is my bed, i feel exhausted, drain and depressed. Anyone feeling the same effects pls let me know.
I started with 18, then 36, now i take 90mg in total.. i’m fat, confused, agitated, grind my teeth and fat!
sad and at times even suicidal…
anyone one else been there?


Hi, I have not taken Concerta; however, it might be time to look into some other medical issues.  Have you thought about having your Thyroid checked?  The symptoms you describe also arise with low Thyroid function; especially depression and weight gain.

Contact your doctor and schedule a visit with him/her.  Call the prescribing doctor for the Concerta and tell him/her about the symptoms and find out if this is usual.  Also speak to your pharmacist about these issues.

Don’t give up.  There are answers.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Dec 08, 2013 at 7:25am

I had the same exact problem when I was on Wellbutrin and then Adderall, it just means your body has become used to the medication, call your doctor to make an appointment so he can change your medication to Adderall or whatever.  Everyone goes through this, its completely normal even children go through every medication know to man for adhd after awhile then run out and go all natural cuz nothing works in the end.  Some people though only need one med for years.  Everyones different, and yes at about 6 months my meds wouldn’t even make it 2 hours before I started getting those horable tired, yukky, life sucks feelings (withdrawal)

Please call your doctor and he’ll switch you to something else, or give him a call and he may prescribe you something else for your next refill.
Don’t worry this is normal, its ok, now cheer up wink

I am drug free now, I couldn’t handle the withdrawal (side effects) was making me hate like and angry, tired , starving, I gained 40 pounds back that I lost so be careful and take vitamins ect. if you ever decide to go drug free, you can also message me if needed. Many good meds out there for now until you get a handle on your adhd

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 08, 2013 at 8:33am

I am on Concerta as well. 80 mgs. The crash is so hard. I have debated on whether or not to continue. Ah, yes the weight gain. Some days it seems to curb my apatite and others, I can’t stop eating. Ugh. I feel what you are saying. I have an excellent Doctor and together we are working all of these things out but like these other fine ladies are saying…have your doc get you into something else. I was diagnosed only 6 months ago and they are finally putting me on a twice a day regimen. I couldn’t stand taking pills all day long. If you would like to talk privately I am always here…I just wish that sometimes it didn’t have to feel like such an uphill battle. Hang in there. You are talking about it and that is what matters. Saying it out loud makes it real and will help you move along in the process of getting it taken care of. Take care and talk soon!

Posted by jenyerhot on Dec 08, 2013 at 1:40pm

They have a new patch out, I don’t know anything about it but it works all day and doesn’t need to go through your digestive system so it wont be effected by your hormones, food, acid, vitamins ect. I haven’t researched it yet.  If I decided to try meds again I would try this one because if Ihad coffee my Adderall wouldn’t work or if I had an orange or orange juice 12 hours earlier then my meds would not work, vitamin C completely blocks most meds and people will say it doesn’t but trust me it does and I only want the best for my fellow add-er and adhd-ers.  Always take on an empty stomach or it wont work and your get those terrible side effects ie hunger, tired, moody, pissed

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 08, 2013 at 10:58pm

Bexlssues, what do you mean by new patch? which meds do you mean?
Thank you all for taking the time to reply.

Posted by wiccah13 on Dec 09, 2013 at 12:14am

Last year my doctor told me a stimulant patch was going to be released, it is on the market but I cant remember the name of it.  Maybe if you or I google stimulant patch it’ll come up.  I was interested because my stomach acids eat my meds up, I have a high ph balance and acid and adhd meds don’t mix well. Let me take a look and see if I can find it, I know it was recently released to school age children

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 09, 2013 at 6:25am

Daytrana Patch, I just found it on Internet Explorer.  Good Luck

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 09, 2013 at 6:26am


I’m sorry to hear that you are feeling this way. Concerta and Focalin were two of the first medications I took for ADHD. Both the Concerta and Focalin both stopped working for me about 7-8 months into treatment. I got off of both of them and transitioned into Ritalin for about a year then switched to Adderall XR and then Vyvanse and now back to Adderall XR. I took several months off of the Adderall over the last few years and did not gain any weight at all. Although I will say that I gradually reduced my dose before quitting it completely and I did experince mood swings and severe feelings of depression. Out of all the meds I’ve tried the adderall xr helped me the most with the least amount of side affects. No daily comedown and the release was smooth and natural for me. I hope you feel better and are able to find a medication that works for you.
Posted by Bab on Dec 09, 2013 at 6:16am

Something is not right.  If you are feeling suicidal call your doctor immediately or call a friend and a crisis hotline. If not and it was me and it was Saturday evening, I would immediately call my pharmacist from my insurance company because they have all my prescription history - or I’d call an all night local pharmacist and explain what is going on - ask them if they have some time - you may be experiencing some significant symptoms from a psych drug… tell them what other prescriptions and over the counter drugs, supplements or alcohol or recreational drugs I might be using (only if it was illegal drugs, I would not call my insurance company pharmacist for obvious reasons - just a local pharmacist - and I’d use a caller ID block)  If you did that. They might be able to shed some light on things.  Then I’d either call my insurance company nurse line to get assistance on preparing for your call to the doctor - a nurse line person can help you organize your explanation and questions so you get the most out of your time with the doctor. Then I’d think about calling the doctor tonight - I’d want to know whether I should be taking that next dose or not. I would not want to wait until Monday after 2 more doses… The pharmacist may have an opinion on that as well. You migt end up with an “on call” doc from your doctor’s office, which is why it’s good to flesh out your statements with a pharmacist or nurse first because the on-call won’t know your situation. I am not a medical professional, so I only speak from my own biases. It doesn’t sound like an allergy (I am allergic to Adderal). Part of it sounds like side effects from some SSRI (a class of antidepressants) - the teeth grinding, weight gain. . Part of it sounds like you might be taking too much (agitation) or you also have underlying anxiety and this current dose is making it worse (teeth grinding, agitation).  Think about whether you started another drug at the same time - perhaps you are experiencing negative side effects from the other drug - or maybe you are experiencing an interaction. I hope you get some relief soon. You might not be a good match for Concerta.There are other options out there.
Posted by Juggler on Dec 07, 2013 at 11:45pm

I am sorry that you feel this way, and yes I have been there. It has taken me a few years for my psychiatrist and me to get my meds right.  Eventually, concerta on it’s own did not work for me, so I was put on Wellbutrin and 10 mg of ritalin a day.  It has been a miracle for me.  If concerta in high dosages does not work for you, keep going to the doctor until you get what does work.  It takes a while but eventually you will get it right. It might not be perfect, but you are not taking the right drug if you have suicidal thoughts.  Please get help now, cuz the s. thoughts are serious.  Good Luck!!!!

Posted by freetobe on Dec 07, 2013 at 7:34pm



Not a good place to be.  It can be hard to get your prescriptions just right.  If the dosage changes aren’t working, it’s time to try a different medicine. I know it took me a while to get it right - I have like crazy, severe ADD and other hyper-sensitive things going on.

At one point my doc prescribed me ritilan and it took me two days to figure out it was the worst thing in existence.  But then there’s other people that swear by it - everyone’s different.  It’s all about your brain chemistry working with the right medicine.  I take Vyvanse, 70mg, that’s the highest they prescribe and supplement in the late afternoon with Adderall XR, 30mg - like I said, crazy severe ADD.  Also, at one point my doc put me on an extremely low anti-depressant (a seratonin booster).  All these things combined, changed my life for the best!  It’s all about getting it right.

Try asking your doc about the Vyvanse.  If you have a good doc then he/she should have an open mind about listening to what’s going on with you and talking with you about changing meds.  Don’t make a huge deal out of the weight thing though because Vyvanse is a stimulant (i.e. you take a drug test, you might test positive for methamphetamines) and you don’t want your doc to think you are chasing down a way to lose weight because with the Vyvanse, you will.  With that, it’s important to remember to eat when you take it because a good diet helps your meds work for you and makes your ADD more manageable (if you’re like me you can get hyper-focused and forget to eat, happens to me a lot - I have people that remind me to eat).  Also, another med option is Adderall XR, it’s the extended release. It’s good because you don’t get all the medicine all at once, it releases into your system throughout the day - it’s a stimulant medicine as well.  Taking these meds, for me clears the jumble out of my brain and makes it easier to maintain a single thought - which shocked the hell out of me the first time it happened, I didn’t think focusing on a single thoughts was possible.

MOST IMPORTANT - Talk to your doctor as soon as you can, do not wait or hesitate to call, let them know what you’re feeling when you call so they will get you in to see him/her as soon as possible.  Talking to your doc and keeping him/her informed on any changes with you is an important step in managing your ADD and maintaining a healthy brain.

I’m not an expert, I can only tell you my experiences and make suggestions based on my knowledge, but your doctor can help you.  Know that most importantly, you are not alone, there are many other people out there that have gone through the changing medicine hoops and getting it right can be very hard, but it will happen.

Good luck, God bless, and keep us all updated on your progress.

Posted by ADDLife on Dec 08, 2013 at 5:45am


Not everyone can take the same kind of medication. I was on a medication once that made me feel the same way. Thank God I stopped taking it. I eventually got on a different medication that worked for me and did not produce those kinds of side affects.
Speak to your Doctor or get a new Doctor!
No one knows what is going on inside you better than you. And no one can read your mind.
Posted by missmix48 on Dec 07, 2013 at 7:10pm

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 09, 2013 at 7:50pm

I am posting the suicide hotline. Please use it if you feel suicidal. Also, get with your prescribing doc ASAP.

In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 09, 2013 at 7:57pm

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