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Tuesday, September 08, 2009 crissyd522, Community Member, asks

Q: I want to increasing my sons dose to 27mg of Concerta not 36mg

My 7yr old son is currently taking 18mg of concerta for ADHD and his Dr increased his dose to 36mg but I didn't like how he acted/ no appetite on the higher dose. I was doing my own research and saw that there is another dose in between 27mg. How come my Dr wouldn't have increased his dose to that instead of 36mg? Has anyone put their child on 27mg or is taking that dose of 27mg?

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
9/12/09 9:44am



Thank you for your question and welcome to


This is a question that you will need to ask directly to your doctor. Have you made your doctor aware of the side effects of the higher dose for your son?


I would contact the doctor and discuss this issue. He or she would be best able to answer your question.



Fairy Godmother, Community Member
3/15/10 4:22pm
Hello there My daughter was first prescribed the 36mg dose, however her weight loss was dramatic and her growth slightly stunted. SHe was then reduced to 27mg which I have found to be much better. Weight gain is still an issue at times, but she is not losing it and she is much more interactive on the lower dose. She was a different child on the higher dose and I didn't feel comfortable with that. Perhaps reduce it and keep a diary to monitor your observations and those of family, friends and teachers. Good luck! Reply
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By crissyd522, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/30/14, First Published: 09/08/09