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18 + 27 = 45mg of Concerta

I've noticed a bunch of people mentioning taking the 54mg of Concerta
after finding the 36mg not strong enough.

If you need 54mg then by all means take it;
I'm not here to give you medical advice (hint hint FDA)


I did want to say that there is also another option of taking
45mg of Concerta, by taking an 18mg pill and a 27mg pill.

I mention this for anyone out there that may have found 36mg not
effective enough like I did, and may be taking 54mg despite it being too
strong for them. For me, I had major heart palpitation problems
(walking up stairs would give me a racing heart) and I had really strong feeling of anxiety.


With 18+27, I can take the pills at 2 different times,
which takes the edge off the anxious feeling I used to get with 36mg,
and splitting them doses allows me delay the appetite loss till mid day,
and that lets me get a good breakfast in to start my day right.

I also find that the mental clarity lasts longer this way, but as long as
I take everything before 11am, it doesn't make it hard to sleep.
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Re: 18 + 27 = 45mg of Concerta

Thats a good idea and thanks for sharing, hopefully others have tried this and can shre how it worked?

One question. Can Concerta pills be cut in half and taken or does that change how its absorbed in the liver? I cut one open and it seems like it looses its full "capsule" and might affect digestion.
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Re: 18 + 27 = 45mg of Concerta

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Thats a good idea and thanks for sharing, hopefully others have tried this and can shre how it worked?

One question. Can Concerta pills be cut in half and taken or does that change how its absorbed in the liver? I cut one open and it seems like it looses its full "capsule" and might affect digestion.
No, they can't be, it ruins the time release mechanism. The way they work is that there is an IR outside layer for the initial dose and then inside is a capsule that you do not digest but is water permeable. It has a laser drilled hole in one end with the methylphenidate and at the other end is more material that you don't digest which expands with moisture gradually pushing the methylphenidate out of the laser drilled hole.

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Re: 18 + 27 = 45mg of Concerta

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No, they can't be, it ruins the time release mechanism. The way they work is that there is an IR outside layer for the initial dose and then inside is a capsule that you do not digest but is water permeable. It has a laser drilled hole in one end with the methylphenidate and at the other end is more material that you don't digest which expands with moisture gradually pushing the methylphenidate out of the laser drilled hole.

wow! nice info dude thanks!
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