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 medicament stimulant in the same category as Ritalin The highest risk for addiction lies with those who take the drug without a prescription for recreational purpose or people who take more than their prescribed dose. Just as with other substances overcoming an addiction of Concerta can be challenging. However, the treatment if obtained professionally can help ease the process. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
It's addiction potential stems from the fact that it's chemical composition is akin to Cocaine and amphetamine.
A person who is addicted to Concerta will be required to experience withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable if he or she decides to stop taking the drug. The withdrawal symptoms can include paranoia, fatigue and depression. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction:
Requiring more of the drug to get the effect once achieved by smaller portions of the drug.
Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
Doing whatever needs to be done, illegal or not, to get the drug in order to use it.
Continuing the use of Concerta even when it's becoming a problem for the loved ones or responsibilities.
It is recommended that those who have a Concerta addiction not to stop using the drug without consulting a doctor first. A weaning schedule set up by a doctor can taper the dose to smaller and smaller doses. Also, a medical professional can help users manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.
It is a cylindrical pill which can be red, grey, yellow or white depending on the potency. 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. It is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulus. The primary use of Concerta is as a medical stimulant which can increase attention span and bring about a reduction in hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
The drug methylphenidate is marketed under the brand-name Concerta. Other brand names of methylphenidate include:
It is useful in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
The mode of abuse can be in powder form through the nose. The medication can also be misused by means of intravenous injections.
Concerta Abuse And Effects
Unless specifically prescribed by a doctor, using Concerta is considered abuse. Increasing a prescribed dose without the doctor's knowledge is also considered abuse.
Concerta influences chemicals in the brain and nervous system that participate in hyperactivity and impulse management. Concerta is usually prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Although many people take Concerta to treat these conditions, many abuse the drug because of its stimulant properties.
There are several reasons why people might abuse Concerta:
Improving academic performance - Concerta has the capability to improve focus and concentration as a stimulant. It can also leave the user alert and with higher-energy levels.
College- age students often use stimulants to help them with the studying process.
As part of a weight loss plan because it reduces one's urge to eat.
Getting a high - Concerta can activate the reward system within the brain and when taken by an individual who is not a victim of ADHD it can provide a high.
Attention and pleasure are commonly associated with increased dopamine levels within the brain.
An overdose of dopamine can be fatal.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Physical signs of Concerta excessive dosage are:
Elevated blood pressure
Disrupted heart rhythm
Psychological symptoms of excessive Concerta dosage include:
Psychoses and detachment from reality
Popular Drug Combinations Of Concerta
Some people take Concerta with other drugs. Combining Concerta with alcohol can have threatening implications.
Concerta can override the depressive effects of alcohol as a stimulant. In a quest to feel the effect of the alcohol, the person takes more and more. Which puts them at risk of alcohol poisoning and even death.
From mixing Concerta with alcohol, negative side effects like nausea, headaches and dizziness can appear. The user may also face increased anxiety and poor focus.