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Which is better Concerta or Prozac?


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January 01, 2009 9:12PM

These 2 meds are in two completely different classes. Prozac is a SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) while Concerta is methylphenidate, a stimulant--acts on the dopamine in your brain. Concerta is essentially the same as Ritalin, only it's an extended release version. Prozac is used to treat depression/anxiety, among other uses, while Concerta is used to treat ADHD/ADD. That said, depression/anxiety can have symptoms that mimic the symptoms of ADHD. Lack of focus, concentration, name a few. A diagnosis of ADD often comes after trials of SSRI treatment don't work. And also, sometimes these 2 meds are prescribed together, as oftentimes, ADHD and anxiety can go hand-in-hand.