Concerta Injuries and Lawsuits – 2018 Update

Drug Injury

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition which presents as an inability to focus at a given task for extended amounts of time. It is thought to affect about 8 percent of children under the age of 18, and it may lead to poor performance in school as well as a host of psychiatric comorbidities if left untreated. Since the 60’s, doctors have been prescribing stimulants in order to boost dopamine levels in children with ADHD, a chemical that is thought to be implicated in the etiology of ADHD.

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How Concerta Works

Concerta is a medication given to children who experience ADHD regularly. This is a methamphetamine-based stimulant which works by inhibiting the breakdown of dopamine and norepinephrine, which in turn raises the intercellular levels of these stimulatory neurotransmitters between brain synapses. It is believed that children with ADHD either have high levels of enzymes which degrade these neurotransmitters, don’t have sufficient dopamine and norepinephrine receptor densities, or have DNA mutations which inhibit the production of these neurotransmitters. Concerta was developed to replace an older generation of stimulants whose efficacy would wear away after only 4 hours, meaning that a child would have to take said medication twice or thrice a day. Concerta, whose main ingredient is methylphenidate, works for 12 hours, helping individuals focus on activities at hand as well as be productive over the course of a full day.

Concerta FDA Warning

The FDA has put out a warning regarding the possibility for Concerta to cause a host of worrying side-effects. These are mostly psychiatric or behavioral, but it is not uncommon for children taking Concerta to experience severe weight loss, reduced bone density, thyroid issues and an increase in dental cavities.

Here are some of the side-effects associated with Concerta use:

  • Hearing voices
  • Paranoia or unwarranted suspicion
  • Manic behavior
  • Violent nightmares
  • Aggression
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Stroke
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction
  • Heart issues
  • Insomnia

The Problem With Concerta

Stimulants are thought to boost norepinephrine and dopamine levels at the expense of inhibitory neurotransmitters such as serotonin and GABA. These last two help put the brakes on runaway stimulation, and are responsible for alleviating neurotransmitter storms, rise in blood pressure as well as create an atmosphere of calm and happiness. Serotonin, known as the bliss neurotransmitter, works in tandem with GABA, the most abundant neurotransmitter in the nervous system, to keep an individual centered, rational, anxiety-free and happy. Concerta can dramatically skew these neurotransmitters or deplete them, leading to the side-effects mention above.

Concerta Safety Research

A study which appeared in the journal Drug Safety back in 2009 stated that children and teens taking Concerta and other similar ADHD medications were more likely to commit suicide. The study extrapolated data from more than 18,000 patients who ranged from 2 to 21 years of age, and saw that children between the ages of 15 to 21 had an 84 percent rise in suicidal actions. In addition, a SpringerPlus study published in 2014 was able to show that over 30 percent of children whose ages averaged 10 reported adverse drug effects when taking methylphenidate off-label.

Concerta Failure to Warn Lawsuits

Concerta received approval in 2000. Since then, it has been manufactured with a black box warning advising consumers about the addictive nature of the medication. However, this is nothing compared to the unreasonably high likelihood for Concerta to cause a host of psychiatric side-effects. Drug manufacturers are required by law to let consumers know about serious adverse events such as those produced by Concerta so that they can make an informed decision about their medication choices going forward. Failure to warn consumers constitutes negligence, an act that is litigable by way of a Concerta drug injury lawsuit.

It is especially disheartening that those affected the most by Concerta side-effects are young children below the age of 10 who may not be able to properly express themselves and articulate what they are feeling as they experience medication side-effects associated with Concerta.

Concerta Legal Questions and Answers

We are often approached by clients whose loved ones have experience Concerta side-effects with questions like:

  • How much can you get for a Concerta lawsuit?
  • What is the settlement amount for Concerta lawsuits?
  • Is there a Concerta class action lawsuit?
  • Hass there been a Concerta recall?
  • Do you take on Concerta gynecomastia lawsuits?

Frankly speaking, answers to the questions above can be complicated, and are dependent on your individual circumstances. In order to be eligible for a methylphenidate lawsuit, we will have to know how long your child has taken Concerta, as well as any side-effects they may have suffered. There will have to be solid evidence on the same by way of an objective medical report, images, videos and the like, and we’ll have to factor in how many people have filed Concerta lawsuits in 2018 as well as the expected payout so we can determine how much everyone will get when the damages are divvied out. Cases are still being consolidated, but NOW is the time to file to help you get started before legal proceedings start locking prospective claimants out.

Concerta Lawyer Help

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