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The efficacy of concerta and ritalin on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

Jiang Wenqing,Du Yasong.Medicine School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University,Shanghai 200030  
Objective: To compare the curative effect and safety of Concerta and Ritalin.Methods: Children suffered from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) came to Shanghai mental counseling center for help.According to their agreement,Concerta and Ritalin was prescribed.Curative effect (Conners rating scale and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD)and safety(blood pressure、heart rate and adverse events)is followed up in the next 2 and 4 weeks after given the medicine.Results:After 2 weeks' treatment,the score of study problem and hyperactivity index in Conners rating scale is significantly improved in the group of Concerta(P0.01);after 4 weeks' treatment,the score of conduct、study problem 、compulsive-hyperactivity and hyperactivity index are significantly improved in two groups(P0.05) the score of attention deficit is significantly improved in two group(P0.05)after 4 weeks' treatment;there are no difference between two groups in the incidence of adverse events(P0.05).Conclusion:Concerta is effective and safe to treat children with ADHD.
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