The ADHD drug Concerta (methylphenidate) has been linked to reports of extreme suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young people who take the medication.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one experienced suicidal thoughts or actions after taking Concerta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Since 1960, approximately 6.4 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD, many of whom were diagnosed without a thorough medical evaluation. One of the most commonly used medications to treat ADHD is Concerta (generic: methylphenidate).
How Does Concerta Work?
Concerta is an amphetamine-like stimulant that works by enhancing the effects of norepinephrine and dopamine in areas of the brain that control attention and behavior. These areas tend to be underactive in children with ADHD, and it is thought that increasing the activity of norepinephrine and dopamine improves the function of these underactive parts of the brain.
What’s the Problem?
In 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was requiring stronger warnings on the labeling of Concerta and other methylphenidate-containing ADHD drugs regarding an increased risk of serious psychiatric side effects. The label change followed an abnormally high number of psychiatric reactions including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and violent behavior associated with Concerta. The review raised concerns that the medications’ labeling was downplaying the severity of these potential side effects, as the previous wording suggested that the problems only occurred in patients with pre-existing psychiatric disorders.
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In March 2015, Health Canada announced that stronger warnings regarding an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors would be added to the labeling of Concerta and other ADHD medications in Canada. According to the regulator, the label changes were prompted by reports of suicidal behavior — including some completed suicides — in patients treated with the drugs.
Suicide Warning Signs
Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include:
- Talking about suicide and/or death
- Extreme risk taking
- Loss of interest in things one used to care about
- Making comments about being hopeless, helpless or worthless
- Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
- Sudden, unexpected switch from being sad to being calm or appearing to be happy
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Concerta Side Effects
In addition to being linked to suicidal thoughts and behaviors, Concerta may cause the following side effects in some users:
- Heart problems
- Drug addiction / abuse
- Mania / psychosis
- Disturbed sleep
Do I Have a Concerta Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Concerta lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new suicide cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one experienced suicidal thoughts or actions after taking Concerta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.