Addicted To Concerta
The potential of addiction is high with Concerta, which is a stimulant. It is mostly misused by students and athletes to enhance concentration and interest. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a prescription stimulant in the same class as Ritalin. 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. 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 need help finding a Concerta addiction treatment program, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.
What makes Concerta so addictive is the similar chemical makeup to those of 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. There are some clear signs of Concerta addition, including
- Requiring more dosage to experience the drug 's high (tolerance).
- A compelling desire to take Concerta.
- Doing whatever needs to be done, illegal or not, to get the drug in order to use it.
- Continuing to use the drug even if it starts to interfere with personal relationships or responsibilities.
It is advisable that Concerta addicts should not stop taking the drug unless under a doctor's care. A medical professional should set up a tapering program for the user to decreasingly take the drug. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
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It is a cylindrical pill which can be red, grey, yellow or white depending on the potency. The strength of the pills is usually 18 MG, 27 MG, 36 MG and 54 MG. In the streets it goes by kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, skittles. Concerta is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulant. Concerta is basically used as an excitant medication to increase concentration duration and lessen hyperactivity and capricious conducts.
Methylphenidate is the generic name for Concerta. Other brands include
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
Concerta and other stimulants are widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of their calming effect and increased focus. It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
Several people misuse Concerta by pulverizing and inhaling a large amount of it for a more powerful excitation. Intravenous use of the stimulant is also quite popular.
Concerta Addiction And The Effects
Acquiring or taking Concerta with no medical purpose is regarded as a misuse of the medication. 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. It is mostly recommended to handle ADHD and narcolepsy. Although most people take Concerta to cure these situations, another misuse of the medication for its excitant properties.
People may misuse Concerta in order to
- Enhance academic performance -As an excitant, Concerta heightens concentration and attention also consciousness and energy rate.
- This is common in institutions of higher education.
- Some people abuse Concerta for weight loss as it's a potent appetite suppressor.
- To feel good, it stimulates the brain producing a high.
- 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.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with
- Throwing up
- High heartbeat
- Elevated blood pressure
- Disrupted heart rhythm
- Lack of saliva
Psychological symptoms of Concerta overdose include
- A manic like state
- Psychoses and detachment from reality
- Uncontrollable behaviours
Common Combinations Of Concerta And Other Drugs
College students often take Concerta in combination with other drugs, or alcohol. It is dangerous to combine Concerta with alcohol.
As a stimulant, Concerta can countermand the depressant effects 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. The combination can increase the risks of alcohol poisoning, to levels of fatality.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.