Concerta – ADHD Medication: Side Effects Including Death

The safety of Concerta (methylphenidate), a central nervous system stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young children, has recently been called into question after the FDA released data showing a link between ADHD medication use and a risk of sudden death.

On February 9, 2006, the FDA voted 8 to 7 in favor of requiring the most serious type of warning label for Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin and all other ADHD drugs. The black box warning is being added in response to the FDA findings that suggest there is a strong link between the use of ADHD medications and an increased risk of sudden death and serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks.

The FDA found more than 200 reports of psychotic behavior episodes and 16 deaths in children taking the drug since the medication was introduced to the public over five years ago. Other drugs in Concerta class, such as Ritalin, Adderall and Strattera, were found to cause similar effects.

Since being introduced to the market, Concerta has quickly become one of the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, as more youngsters use Concerta, the number of adverse reactions continues to rise.

Documented Concerta Side Effects:

  • Death
  • Mood changes, delusions, depersonalization, hallucinations
  • Increased heartbeat, blood pressure
  • Bloody stools
  • Uncontrolled movements: tics, Tourette Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Chest Pain
  • Skin inflammation and peeling
  • Vision impairments
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid weight loss

Concerta is Schedule II controlled substance, meaning: 1) it has a high potential for abuse, 2) it is currently accepted as a medical treatment in the United States with severe restrictions, and 3) abuse of this drug may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence.,1,12.html

Schwartzapfel Truhowsky Marcus P.C. All Rights Reserved.

For the dangerous side effects of ADHD medications and alternative treatment see the following articles:

ADD or ADHD? Diet or Drug? Drug Side Effects

ADD and ADHD Drugs: FDA’s Black Box Warnings and Side Effects

ADD and ADHD Drugs: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta – Linked to Sudden Death – Seek Alternatives

Psychostimulants: ADHD Drug Side Effects and their Street Use

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6 Responses to “Concerta – ADHD Medication: Side Effects Including Death”

  1. Nora Says:

    Awful! NO drugs to children. Are there good remedies there? I would like to hear about the solutions here.

  2. Your Friend Says:

    Hi Nora,

    Thanks for your comment!

    Yes. There are great tips there! The articles are on this site. They range from a link to the Allergy Elimination Diet to simple education solutions.

    Every child is different, but there has been much improvement or cure when a parent finds out the child is allergic to that might be causing or adding to his ADHD such as allergies to gluten, artificial preservatives and coloring, chemicals, toxins, wheat, corn, soy, etc. Sugar seems to play a big roll in it as well.

    The list below on how sugar is ruining our health is not including in any of the links above:

    144 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health
    Compiled by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

    1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.

    2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

    3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

    4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

    5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).

    6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.

    7. Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins.

    8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.

    9. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.

    10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

    11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.

    12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

    13. Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.

    14. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

    15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

    16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.

    17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

    18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.

    19. Sugar can cause premature aging.

    20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

    21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.

    22. Sugar contributes to obesity

    23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.

    24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.

    25. Sugar can cause arthritis.

    26. Sugar can cause asthma.

    27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

    28. Sugar can cause gallstones.

    29. Sugar can cause heart disease.

    30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.

    31. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

    32. Sugar can cause varicose veins.

    33. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.

    34. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

    35. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

    36. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

    37. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

    38. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) in the blood.

    39. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.

    40. Sugar can increase cholesterol.

    41. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.

    42. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)

    43. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

    44. Sugar causes food allergies.

    45. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

    46. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

    47. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.

    48. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

    49. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

    50. Sugar can change the structure of protein.

    51. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

    52. Sugar can cause cataracts.

    53. Sugar can cause emphysema.

    54. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

    55. Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

    56. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

    57. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.

    58. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.

    59. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

    60. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

    61. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

    62. Sugar can damage the pancreas.

    63. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

    64. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.

    65. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

    66. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

    67. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.

    68. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.

    69. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

    70. Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.

    71. Sugar can cause depression.

    72. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

    73. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

    74. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.

    75. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.

    76. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low-sugar diets.

    77. A diet high in refined sugar reduces learning capacity.

    78. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

    79. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimers disease.

    80. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.

    81. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become under active and others become overactive.

    82. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

    83. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

    84. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.

    85. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

    86. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.

    87. Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

    88. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.

    89. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

    90. Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.

    91. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.

    92. Sugar is an addictive substance.

    93. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

    94. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.

    95. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.

    96. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.

    97. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.

    98. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    99. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.

    100. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.

    101. I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.

    102. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.

    103. Sugar increases the risk of polio.

    104. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.

    105. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.

    106. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.

    107. Sugar may induce cell death.

    108. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

    109. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.

    110. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.

    111. Sugar dehydrates newborns.

    112. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.

    113. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia

    114. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.

    115. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.

    116. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.

    117. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.

    118. Sugar induces salt and water retention.

    119. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.

    120. The more sodas a 10-year-old child consumes, the less milk.

    121. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.

    122. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.

    123. Sugar causes constipation.

    124. Sugar causes varicose veins.

    125. Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.

    126. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

    127. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.

    128. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.

    129. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.

    130. The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.

    131. Sugar can affect the brains ability to deal with rewards and consequences.

    132. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

    133. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.

    134. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.

    135. Sugar can cause liver tumors.

    136. Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the blood stream of overweight people.

    137. Sugar can lower Vitamin E levels in the blood stream.

    138. Sugar can increase your appetite for all food.

    139. Sugar plays a role in the etiology and the continuation of acne.

    140. Too much sugar can kill your sex life.

    141. Sugar saps school performance in children.

    142. Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness and depression.

    143. Sugar is common choice of obese individuals.

    144. A linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients is associated with increasing total sugar intake.

    Thanks for your inquiry and concern!

  3. Ray Says:

    After knowing of several children and the problems they were having taking the drug Ritalin and reading a book recommended by Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), I’ve started a campaign independently (of my own volition) against the psychiatric invented term, so-called ‘behavior disorder’ ADHD. It, together with the drugs created to ‘treat’ this ‘problem’, is a scourge upon our world’s children and adults alike (see my write-up below * for details).

    My purpose is to bring about more awareness across the planet on this injustice against humanity, together with offering various, alternative, sane, workable solutions.

    It is important that everybody be informed, so anybody reading this that agree could send or print out my write-up below * and give to anybody that you know or don’t know…doesn’t matter who they are, what they do, their position in life, religion, race, and so on. Here’s a few ideas for starters:
    Your next-door neighbours; apartment managers; a teacher; fellow workers; places where you eat out, shop or go for a coffee; parents of children; an individual or organization/group that will hand them out, etc., etc. 🙂

    Who knows, maybe you will start up a campaign similar to this? The more people spreading the word to Tom, Dick or Harry (and, of course, Tina, Dana or Harriet :-)) the merrier!


    PS At a later date I’ll build a small web site, which will also include info. and contacts for study/learning problem solutions.

    Seeking the Truth about ADHD

    A book of note:

    ‘NO MORE ADHD’ (10 Steps to help improve your child’s
    attention and behavior without drugs!)

    It is so helpful to the world at large that the author of this book, Dr. Mary Ann Block, at 39 years of age, had the determination and strength of character to study and train as a Dr. of Osteopathy. This decision was reached due to little or no constructive help, including at times incorrect diagnosis and/or prognosis, from most of the medical practitioners whom she sought advice and assistance to help her ailing daughter. Her daughter had a continuing history of long duration of deteriorating body conditions.

    You may ask, “Why is the above so helpful to the world?” The answer is, that during and after the process of training as a Dr., Mary Ann Block carried out research into the use and effects of psychiatric drugs, like Ritalin, Prozac and similar, on people, especially children. This research revealed many disturbing facts, to name a few:

    How it is these drugs came into existence —

    The drug company’s influence on medical education and doctors —

    Fraud occurring in drug studies —

    How these drugs cover up the actual symptoms of the problem —

    School personnel and other “authorities” exerting pressure on parents and children to take these types of drugs —

    The horrendous risks and side effects so often occurring with children from taking these types of drugs —

    Deaths from taking this type of drug.

    In Dr. Block’s book, startling information is revealed about the mislabeling of children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). So-called ADHD is a psychiatric behavior disorder term, which was classified and voted into existence in 1987 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Block gives insight into the “reasoning” behind this “diagnosis” and the subsequent rampant distribution of Ritalin, Prozac and similar types of psychiatric drugs. Due to the APA’s idea of “help”, millions upon millions of children are now taking drugs like Ritalin, Prozac or similar.

    In her book, Dr. Block lists many sources for her data, one of which is Bruce Wiseman, National President of Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) (a psychiatric watchdog organization, which has been investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human rights for 30 years). Mr. Wiseman carried out research over a two-year period, revealing many examples of the connection between psychiatric drugs (mainly Ritalin and Prozac or similar) and extreme violence, including manslaughter.

    Dr. Julian Whitaker, from the Whitaker Wellness Institute in California, writes a very appropriate introduction in Dr. Block’s ‘No More ADHD’ book, where he states:

    “If Mozart or Beethoven had lived today they would have been drugged for ADHD. This would have destroyed their souls and immeasurably diminished human culture. In my opinion, the current indiscriminate drugging of children is satanic. It destroys character development and fosters a valueless culture. “When a problem arises take a drug.”

    “In No More ADHD, Dr. Mary Ann Block clearly outlines reasonable solutions to the “problems” of childhood. This is a must-read for parents who are concerned about their children. Do not, and I scream do not, trust psychologists, psychiatrists and the current drug-pushing culture of modern education. There are superior alternatives and Dr. Mary Ann Block has a book full of them.”

    “Julian Whitaker, M.D.”

    Two of the main reasons why Dr. Block’s book is so important:
    One: It exposes alarming truths re psychiatric drugs (like Ritalin, Prozac or similar), that in my opinion, most parents are not aware of.
    Two: Approx. two thirds of the book offers alternative, safe, proven solutions, without drugs, to help our children with attention and behavior problems.

    * * I earnestly request that you pass this info. on to anybody you know. Also, if you have a child or know of a parent with a child that could be or already has been labeled with ADHD and has the potential of or is already being drugged; buy and read or recommend Dr. Mary Ann Block’s book “No More ADHD” ASAP. **

    FYI: I personally was concerned when a teacher friend told me about the various problems occurring with several of her students on Ritalin. Then, after reading Dr. Block’s book, I felt it my duty to inform as many people as possible. I have no personal gain, other than the self-satisfaction that more people will be aware of the truths of this tragic state of affairs, together with being exposed to alternative, sane solutions. (I’d be pleased to hear from anybody with positive input, including ideas on how to spread the word at

    (A concerned and caring parent for our children’s welfare)

    PS The book, “NO MORE ADHD”, can be purchased from: (UK site) or http://www.Amazon.Com (US site) – (enter in the search box of either web site ‘No More ADHD’, click ‘Go’ by the Search box or press ‘Enter’ on your computer keyboard).

  4. Your Friend Says:


    This is wonderful that you are taking the time and effort to do this. Our society needs more people like you.

    Do stop by again and keep us updated and what your website address is once you get it up and running.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Ray Says:

    Thank you ‘Your Friend’ — appreciated.

    My reasoning for doing this is: This generation and future generations of children are in extreme danger! This in turn places everybody else in danger and I’m not going to sit back and allow this to continue. 🙂

    The web site will be an auto generator — if people reading agree with what’s written and want to do something to combat this, then, with minimum effort, they will be able to do so.

    I’ll forward the web site address as soon as done.


  6. Ray Says:

    Hi everybody…

    So, as mentioned in my previous post, I would inform you when the web site, to do with ADHD and Its Drugs, is up and running…

    Here is the link: www dot adhdtruth dot com

    The web site consists of the following:
    Revealing the truths re the potential high risk of using psychiatric drugs to ‘treat’ ADHD.
    Gives many Sources of Help (Dr’s, etc.) that treat the problem(s) with alternative holistic/nutritional/medical means (without the use of psychiatric drugs). Also many related references from professionals (books, education, drug prevention, and so on).
    If in agreement that psychiatric drugs are not good treatment methods — how you can help with removing them from the market place.
    Various articles and live-feed ‘Youtube’ videos on the subject.

    All the best,


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