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What does an MRI and EEG predict about a patient on Concerta for a month?

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Posted on Thu, 2 Aug 2018
Question: I am currently on Concerta 36mg for the past month. I have to go to the doctor to get an MRI and EEG tomorrow which was set up on my first day meeting with my doctor. What exactly are they looking for? Should I be concerned?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Concerta can rarely cause seizures.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for posting your query.

I am Dr Sudhir Kumar, Neurologist, and I would try my best to help you.

I have noted your clinical details. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a brain stimulant and can rarely cause seizures (convulsions). The risk of seizure is higher in a patient with abnormal EEG or abnormal MRI brain. So, these two tests are being done in your case to ensure that these tests are normal, to confirm that you are not at a a higher risk of getting seizures with concerta.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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What does an MRI and EEG predict about a patient on Concerta for a month?

Brief Answer: Concerta can rarely cause seizures. Detailed Answer: Thank you for posting your query. I am Dr Sudhir Kumar, Neurologist, and I would try my best to help you. I have noted your clinical details. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a brain stimulant and can rarely cause seizures (convulsions). The risk of seizure is higher in a patient with abnormal EEG or abnormal MRI brain. So, these two tests are being done in your case to ensure that these tests are normal, to confirm that you are not at a a higher risk of getting seizures with concerta. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in