How Long Does Concerta Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

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Trying to ascertain exactly how long concerta is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Concerta (methylphenidate) can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting concerta in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time concerta will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which Concerta (methylphenidate) can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does Concerta Stay in the Urine?

Concerta can be detected in the urine for 1-3 days

How Long Can Concerta Be Detected in Blood?

Concerta can be detected in blood tests for up to 1 day.

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect Concerta?

A saliva test can detect Concerta for up to 1-3 days

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect Concerta?

Concerta, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Preventing a Concerta Overdose

Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant which is used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder).

Knowing how long Concerta remains in the system can help prevent an accidental overdose of the stimulant.

Concerta should be taken only as directed.

Symptoms of Concerta overdose may include the following:

If you suspect a Concerta overdose, seek immediately medical attention.


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