The potential of addiction is high with Concerta, which is a stimulant. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting focus and attention. 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'd like help finding a treatment program, please give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
The chemical formation of Concerta is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine thereby making it a highly addictive stimulant.
Someone having an addiction to Concerta will go through difficult withdrawal syndromes such as paranoia, fatigue, and depression if they discontinue the medication. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction:
A need to use higher dose of the drug due to a higher tolerance to the drug.
Craving or needing to take Concerta.
Doing whatever needs to be done, illegal or not, to get the drug in order to use it.
Using the stimulant Concerta even when issues with loved ones or responsibilities are important.
Medical guidance should be sought after by those battling with Concerta addiction before quitting the drug. A medical practitioner can establish a tapering program for the user where the medication dosage would be continually lessened. Withdrawal symptoms can also be managed and alleviated with the help of a clinician.
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. On the streets Concerta is known as: kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties and skittles. Concerta is a Schedule II regulated stimulant. Concerta is basically used as an excitant medication to increase concentration duration and lessen hyperactivity and capricious conducts.
Concerta is a brand name of the drug methylphenidate. Other brand names of the drug methylphenidate include the following:
Widely used as treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), stimulants like Concerta increase focus and have a relaxing effect. The stimulant increases the dopamine levels within the brain of the user slowly in order to achieve a therapeutic effect.
The abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Effects Of Concerta Abuse
Unless specifically prescribed by a doctor, using Concerta is considered abuse. 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. Although many people take Concerta to treat these conditions, many abuse the drug because of its stimulant properties.
People may misuse Concerta in order to:
Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
This is common in institutions of higher education.
As part of a weight loss plan because it reduces one's urge to eat.
Getting high - Since Concerta triggers the reward system in the brain, the medication could give a high when used by a person who is not suffering from ADHD.
Attention and pleasure are commonly associated with increased dopamine levels within the brain.
An overdose of dopamine can be fatal.
Physical and psychological repercussions will be felt by an individual who overdoses on Concerta. Physical Concerta overdose symptoms include:
Elevated heart rate
High blood pressure
Disrupted heart rhythm
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with:
Psychoses and detachment from reality
Common Combinations Of Concerta And Other Drugs
Concerta is often taken with other drugs; the most common is alcohol, which is a problem with college students. Adding alcohol to Concerts can have serious ramifications.
As an excitant, Concerta could overrule the depression consequences of alcohol. 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.
Taking the medication with alcohol could also worsen the implications of Concerta usage such as nausea, headaches, and dizziness. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.