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Have You Experienced Suicidal Thoughts While Taking Concerta?
Read Below On Why You May Have a Claim.
What is Concerta?
Concerta is a stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has been shown to be effective in improving attention span, focus, organization, and listening skills while decreasing hyperactivity and other problem behaviors. The primary ingredient in Concerta is “methylphenidate,” which is the same ingredient found in Ritalin. This drug is a central nervous system stimulant that works by changing the levels of certain natural substances in the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Concerta is a relatively new ADHD treatment and is notable for it’s time release formula, which allows the medication to be taken only once daily. Recently, this medication has been connected with some alarming side effects, including an increased risk of intense suicidal thoughts.
The use of stimulant medication in the treatment of ADHD is becoming increasingly common, especially in the treatment of young children, adolescents, and young adults. In the past decade the number of new ADHD diagnoses have skyrocketed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 11% of school-aged children in the United States have a diagnosis of ADHD. This includes 1 in 5 of every high school boy and 1 in 11 of every high school girl. This number continues to grow at a rate of 5% per year. The most common age group taking medication for ADHD are children ages 4-17. As the number of ADHD cases continue to grow, so too do the number of patients being treated with Concerta.
Are There Concerta Lawsuits or Settlements?
A number of lawsuits have been filed claiming that the manufacturers of Concerta knew of the increased risk of hallucinations, delusions, and severe suicidal ideation associated with the medication and failed to warn doctors and patients of these dangerous risks. Because of this failure to provide a warning, many patients took Concerta without knowing about the harmful side effects. Litigants claim that if there had been an adequate warning, they would not have chosen Concerta as a treatment for themselves or for their children.
What Are the Common Concerta Side Effects?
Concerta is associated with numerous harmful side effects. The most alarming of these side effects includes the increased risk of intense suicidal thoughts. Just as concerning is the fact that the medication has a very high potential to become addictive, and many patients can have trouble coming off the medication due to withdrawal symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that Concerta can has been reported to cause psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, increased aggressiveness, delusional thinking, an increase in obsessive compulsive behavior and even mania, especially in teenagers and young adults. Patients with ADHD are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous side effects as they may already suffer from behavioral and psychiatric issues.
Other dangerous side effects associated with Concerta include:
- Increased Risk of heart attack/stroke
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal behavior/hostility
- Permanent erectile dysfunction
- Stunted growth
- Visual impairment
- Movement disorders
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Sudden cardiovascular death
What is the FDA Doing?
The FDA approved Concerta to go on the market in August 2000. However, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of Concerta, did not list the increased risk of suicidal thoughts on their warning labels. A routine study conducted by the FDA to review the use of Concerta turned up numerous reports of psychotic symptoms also not listed on the warning labels such as hallucinations and violent behavior. This prompted a further FDA probe and a proposed change to the Concerta warning labels. In 2007, the FDA released warnings about the side effects of Concerta including the risks of psychosis and stunted growth. The FDA recently issued another warning in connection with Concerta as to the dangers of priapism and the development of permanent erectile dysfunction in males taking the medication.
What Are The Medical Studies Finding About Concerta?
Inquiries into the side effects and risks associated with taking Concerta have revealed disturbing data. The highest risk was found to be among children from ages of 4-17, who also tend to be the age group most commonly treated with the medication for ADHD symptoms.
- Increased Risk of Suicidal Thoughts
- Increased Risk of Heart Conditions
- Stunted Growth
A recent study published by the Drug Safety Journal found that children under the age of 14 who took the drug Concerta were 162 times more likely to consider, attempt or commit suicide. Suicide is already the third leading cause of death in children ages 10-14 and the second leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults ages 15-34 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A new study published by the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology found that children taking methylphenidate drugs, such as Concerta, were about twice as likely to suffer from heart problems such as an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
There is strong evidence that Concerta can cause growth problems in children. A study conducted in 2007 by the National Institute of Mental Health on ADHD revealed that children treated with methylphenidate medications showed a decreased growth rate.
Data collected in February 2009 by neuroscientists Yong Kim and Paul Greengard at Rockefeller University showed that methylphenidate may alter the brain in ways similar to powerfully addictive stimulants such as cocaine. This unnatural stimulation created by Concerta has been found to lead to a dependence and abuse of the medication.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one has suffered from suicidal behavior or thoughts while taking Concerta, you may have a Concerta lawsuit. You should talk to a Concerta lawyer about your injuries and discuss your legal options. Our law firm is currently working with some of the more experienced attorneys in the country who handle these types of cases and charge no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award. Call our law firm toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.