March 9, 2010 1:20 PM Subscribe
Where can I get balanced information on switching to generic Concerta?
They recently greenlit the use of generic Concerta (novo-methylphenidate ER C, if you want ot get all fancy about it) in Canada and I, not knowing much about generics, decided to go for it. I've been on Concerta for... I don't know, a couple of years now (I was diagnosed with ADD at 20 or so, am now 25, and had a couple years of Ritalin SR in there).
I started today on the generic and am immediately noticing a higher "alertness" than usual. The dosage is the same, but some quick internet searching reveals that the generic needs only be about 20% as fast/slow at dispensing the drug into your system.
Now, I know two things: (1) a single day being on the meds means almost nothing, especially considering it's only been a few hours. I've certainly had weirdly effective/ineffective days while on the "real" stuff, and am hardly educated enough on my own body ot immediately be able to tell what's up. (2) it's hard ot find good information about generics out there, especially something so new. Everything I read that's negative about this or any generic I take with a grain of salt, because there's no reason to believe that any such article is fair or balanced or without alternate motives.
So, I ask: is there somewhere out there that I can get a good opinion? I know what you're thinking: your doctor. The reality is, though, that I am away from my hometown at school and seeing my doctor isn't easy to do. I do intend to see him soon anyway (a few weeks) but, surprise surprise, I am really focused on finding answers right now. Who'd've thunk. :)