Concerta is a psychostimulant with a great possibility for addiction. It is mostly misused by students and athletes to enhance concentration and interest. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a prescription stimulant in the same class as Ritalin. Concerta addiction can be developed by those who use the drug recreationally - without prescription - and those who take more than their prescribed dosage. Like any other drug addiction, breaking free from the claws of Concerta addiction is no easy task, with proper help it is however possible. If you need help finding a Concerta addiction treatment program, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.
It's addiction potential stems from the fact that it's chemical composition is akin to Cocaine and amphetamine.
Someone having an addiction to Concerta will go through difficult withdrawal syndromes such as paranoia, fatigue, and depression if they discontinue the medication. There are some clear signs of Concerta addition, including:
Developing a need for higher doses of the drug to feel the effects [tolerance].
Developing a strong urge for the use of Concerta.
Searching out new methods of acquiring the medication -legally or illegally - so as to misuse it.
Continuing the use of Concerta even when it's becoming a problem for the loved ones or responsibilities.
Medical guidance should be sought after by those battling with Concerta addiction before quitting the drug. The physician will reduce the dosage until they finally wean off, gradually taking the patient off the drug. A medical specialist could also assist users control and handle withdrawal syndrome.
Depending on the potency of the cylindrical pill, Concerta can be red, grey, yellow, or white. They are produced in powers of 18 mg, 27mg, 36mg, and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy Coke, smarties and skittles. It is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulus. Concerta is primarily prescribed as a stimulant to help improve hyperactivity and impulsivity as wall as improve attention span.
Concerta is a brand name of the drug methylphenidate. Other brand names of methylphenidate include:
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The medication also gradually increases the levels of dopamine in the brain of its users.
Crushing and snorting large doses of Concerta is the preferred method for abusers has it provides a stronger high. Intravenous use of the stimulant is also quite popular.
Concerta Abuse And Effects
Purchasing or using Concerta without a prescription are considered as an abuse of the drug. For those using it as medication, raising the dosage and /or frequency, outside the prescriptions of the physician, is also taken as misuse.
Concerta can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is mostly recommended to handle ADHD and narcolepsy. Despite many people taking Concerta as a remedy for these conditions, quite a few are known to abuse the drug for the stimulant properties.
People may abuse Concerta to:
Because it increases focus, people abuse it to increase academic performance.
College- age students often use stimulants to help them with the studying process.
Some people abuse Concerta for weight loss as it's a potent appetite suppressor.
To feel good, it stimulates the brain producing a high.
Focus and happiness are also associated with the drug because of its ability to increase dopamine levels.
People can overdose on Concerta if they take too much, that can be life-threatening.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Signs of a Concerta overdose are:
High blood pressure
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with:
A manic like state
A persecution complex
Combinations Commonly Used With Concerta
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students It is dangerous to combine Concerta with alcohol.
The depressant qualities of alcohol are countered by the stimulant effects of Concerta. Users will imbibe more and more alcohol because the Concentra overrides its effects and they don't realize how much they are taking in. This leads to the chance of alcohol poisoning, and that can be fatal.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. Anxiety and impaired concentration can also be caused within the user.