Concerta has a high probability of leading to addiction because it is a stimulant. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. 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. Dealing successfully with Concerta addiction can be arduous , but professional treatment could assist with the process. If you'd like help finding a treatment program, please give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
The chemical composition of Concerta is almost the same as that of Cocaine and amphetamine making it very addictive.
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. Additional syndrome of Concerta dependence are:
Building a tolerance and needing more and more to feel the effects of the drug.
Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
Using the stimulant Concerta even when issues with loved ones or responsibilities are important.
Medical supervision is advised for addicts of Concerta if they have decided to quit the drug for any reason. 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.
Concerta tablets are cylindrical in shape, its effectiveness is determined by its colour which may be red, grey, yellow or white. They come in four different strengths: 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy Coke, smarties and skittles. Concerta is recognized as Schedule II regulated excitant. Concerta is mainly used as a stimulant medication to increase attention span and decrease hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
Concerta is a brand name of the drug methylphenidate. Other brand names of the drug methylphenidate include the following:
Concerta and other stimulants are widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of their calming effect and increased focus. The stimulant increases the dopamine levels within the brain of the user slowly in order to achieve a therapeutic effect.
The mode of abuse can be in powder form through the nose. The drug can also be abused intravenously.
Concerta Misuse Effects
Unless specifically prescribed by a doctor, using Concerta is considered abuse. 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.
Chemicals that influence hyperactivity and self control in the brain and nervous system are both affected by Concentra. The most common prescriptions written for Concerta are to treat 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.
Abuse of Concerta could be because of the following reasons:
Enhance academic performance -As an excitant, Concerta heightens concentration and attention also consciousness and energy rate.
Students in college regularly indulge in the abuse of stimulants has study aids.
Lose weight - Stimulants suppresses hunger, so people misuse Concerta so as to shed weight.
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.
Increased dopamine levels are associated with attention and pleasure.
Ingesting a high dosage of Concerta can lead to an overdose which can be life-threatening.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with:
Elevated heart rate
High blood pressure
Lack of saliva
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with:
A manic like state
Popular Drug Combinations Of Concerta
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students 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.
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.