Concerta has a high probability of leading to addiction because it is a stimulant. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting focus and attention. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. Those that took the medication for pleasure - without a medical purpose - and those that use more than medicated dosage are exposed to the risk of being dependent on Concentra. Professional treatment can significantly assist someone trying to beat a Concerta addiction. 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.
Psychosis, exhaustion, and depression are some of the severe withdrawal symptoms someone addicted to Concerta will experience if they quit taking the drug. Additional syndrome of Concerta dependence are:
Requiring more dosage to experience the drug 's high (tolerance).
Craving or needing to take Concerta.
Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
Using Concerta despite social consequences even if it leads to isolation.
It is recommended that those who have a Concerta addiction not to stop using the drug without consulting a doctor first. A medical practitioner can establish a tapering program for the user where the medication dosage would be continually lessened. Medical professionals can also help addicts manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.
Pills of Concerta is cylindrical in shape and the colours of the pills are either red, grey, yellow or white depending upon the potency of the drug. They are produced in powers of 18 mg, 27mg, 36mg, and 54 mg. The nicknames given to Concerta includes kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie 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). It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
The abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. The medication can also be misused by means of intravenous injections.
Effects Of Concerta Abuse
Abuse of the drug is considered when people get and use Concerta without a prescription. And for those who take it with a prescription, increasing the dose or the frequency of use without doctor's recommendation is also considered Concerta abuse.
Concerta can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. The most common prescriptions written for Concerta are to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Due to its activity in the brain, it is a commonly abused drug.
People may abuse Concerta to:
Improve academic performance - As a stimulant, Concerta is known to increase focus and concentration as well as alertness and energy level.
College age students usually misuse stimulants as academic support.
Losing weight - Concerta is also used to lose weight because the stimulant is an appetite suppressant.
Get high - Since Concerta activates the reward system in the brain, the drug can also provide a high if taken by someone who is not being treated for ADHD.
Focus and happiness are also associated with the drug because of its ability to increase dopamine levels.
An overdose of dopamine can be fatal.
A Concerta misuse could distress the individual both mentally and physically. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with:
Continuous pain in the head
High blood pressure
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include:
A manic like state
Combinations Commonly Used With Concerta
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 can easily escalating to alcohol poisoning.
Taking the medication with alcohol could also worsen the implications of Concerta usage such as nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.