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. Ritalin and Concerta (also known as methylphenidate) are prescription stimulant drugs. Individuals using the drug recreationally without a prescription and those who exceed the specified dosage are often at a risk of developing an addiction of Concerta. Just as with other substances overcoming an addiction of Concerta can be challenging. However, the treatment if obtained professionally can help ease the process. If you'd like help finding a treatment program, please give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
It is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine in structure and addiction potential.
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:
Building a tolerance and needing more and more to feel the effects of the drug.
Developing a strong urge for the use of Concerta.
Doing whatever it takes to access the drug no matter the risks e.g. engaging in criminal activities.
Using the stimulant Concerta even when issues with loved ones or responsibilities are important.
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. 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. 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 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 brands include:
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A therapeutic effect also happens as the amount of dopamine in the user's brain is slowly raised.
The mode of abuse can be in powder form through the nose. Intravenous use of the stimulant is also quite popular.
Effects Of Abusing Concerta
Taking the drug without prescription is misuse of the drug. People who have a prescription should not be looking forward to increasing the dosage or the frequency of their requirement without a recommendation from the prescribing doctor because it would also be considered as Concerta abuse.
Concerta influences chemicals in the brain and nervous system that participate in hyperactivity and impulse management. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Although most people take Concerta to cure these situations, another misuse of the medication for its excitant properties.
People may abuse Concerta to:
Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
College age students usually misuse stimulants as academic support.
Lose weight - Stimulants suppresses hunger, so people misuse Concerta so as to shed weight.
Concerta acts as any other simulant and amps up the reward centre of the brain, causing a high for someone who does not need it for legitimate treatment.
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.
The abuser is affected physically and mentally by the overdose. Physical Concerta Overdose Symptoms Include:
Elevated heart rate
Elevated blood pressure
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include:
Typical Drug Mixtures That Include Concerta
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students The consequences of having Concerta with alcohol can be dangerous.
Concerta and alcohol have opposing effects on the body, Concerta being stronger its effects are stronger. Users might not experience the effects of alcohol like they usually do, making them take more. This leads to the chance of alcohol poisoning, and that can be fatal.
From mixing Concerta with alcohol, negative side effects like nausea, headaches and dizziness can appear. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.