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Old 03-11-09, 04:06 PM
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2 Doses of Concerta a day?

I am on 2 54mg tablets of Concerta a day. I find that taking them both at the same time is too much. Has anyone taken 2 doses of Concerta a day? I have no problem sleeping while on any of these meds so thats not a factor. Anyone dose Concerta 2 times a day and find it works?
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Old 03-11-09, 04:31 PM
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

Yup , in the past I have been on 2 54mg concerta and then I went to two 54's and a 36mg for a total of 144. It worked great , only reason I stopped was because I read on the forums a bit and felt like since my dose was high then that was odd and I' scaled down to basically one 36mg for the last few weeks. Now I know why I was on the higher dose-
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

but did you take the 2 54mg separately?
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Old 03-11-09, 04:49 PM
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

no, I took them together and it worked fine.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

Oh see im having a problem taking them together, when I take them together I feel the physical effects too much and to top it off they wear off too early
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

im on 2 54mg and i like it although i do take a 10mg dose of ritalin in the afternoon around 3 or 4 to help me get through homework which seems to help somewhat, but be glad you dont have any sleep problems they can be a real pain
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

I need to know if anyone takes 2 54mg Concertas separately. When I take them both together at the same time it seems like too much but it all wears off at around 5:00pm
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

Yes I take two doses of Concerta during the day. I take my first dose of 54mg in the morning, and around 1 or 2 I take a second dose of 36mg. I found that for the first few days I had problems sleeping, but eventually I adjusted to the dose. I was at first taking the Concerta only in the morning and it was wearing off way too early. I had to take 20mg IR about every three hours after word and if I forgot to take my IR to school or work with me then the Concerta would wear off and I would get extremely sleepy. It was a pain. I have had much better luck with the two doses of Concerta.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

I've been on various doses. I got to the point of taking one 54 mg and a latter dose of 27 mg, and that seemed to be too much.

Now I take two 36 mg, and have been playing around with when to take the second dose.

From what I understand, the concerta tablet has three stages of release each at about 3 hr intervals (if you could see a graph of the release it would look like an upside down parabola). I've noticed that if I take one tablet in the morning, and one 6 hrs latter, whatever the first pill is releasing doesn't seem to coincide with whatever the second does releases initially and the symptoms are bad: horrible anxiety, tremors, confusion, blurred vision even olfactory hallucinations.

Over the holiday break, I began to wake up a little late around 10 and would immediately take the first pill. One day I decided I would take the second dose an hour after the first, and it seemed to work fine; from 10 am to 4 pm I was completely in the zone, having tunnel vision, operating like a machine. This is what I have concluded:

The best results from taking two pills is to take the second dose sometime before the second release phase of the first pill, so sometime within the first three hours after having taken the first; or, if you have a long day ahead of you, take the second dose after the second release of the first pill is over. The pill peaks at around six hours. If I take the second dose when the first dose is peaking, I'm gonna have a few nasty hours to ride out.

Taking the second pill within the first three hours after having taken the first, makes both pills work together. If you're going to have a long day, it's best to wait 7 or 8 hours after the first, so that the second pill is taking the place of the first pill, which should be tapering, as if a torch is being past. That's my advice but I say experiment with the doses on the weekend.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

Rayvid,

Yeah, I'd say your statment is correct. I never did it that way intentionally but ironically ended up taking my second dose 3 hours apart from the initial dose. Take first at 7 am and the next at 10am. I find that anymore time between the two doses and I'm screwed. So your right. That being said focalin xr works better up front. I'll say this if your taking focalin xr if you take the first dose at say 7am and the next at say 10 or 11am the benefits are not as good. I"m not sure why.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

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Yup , in the past I have been on 2 54mg concerta and then I went to two 54's and a 36mg for a total of 144. It worked great , only reason I stopped was because I read on the forums a bit and felt like since my dose was high then that was odd and I' scaled down to basically one 36mg for the last few weeks. Now I know why I was on the higher dose-
144mg of concerta in 1 go.... woot , you must of been flying...
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

144mgs....... too hell with that...
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

its 30 mg 3 times daily bro. Concerta is weak. Try and get it down. Most docs rx 108 for adults and with boosters. I have the research to prove it. Not that I care . Anyways, your post was umm.. hmm not helpful.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

No dude.. I'm not flying at all flamer. I take a 54mg tablet and a 36mg tablet and then a 54mg tablet at 11am or 1pm. Did you not listen to that ? I've been on the dose for 7 years dog.
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Re: 2 Doses of Concerta a day?

Sorry, but where did I say that my post was directed at you?

Anyway, Concerta is not "weak". It's a very serious drug that should never be abused. Take what you're given, not what you think you need.
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