The potential of addiction is high with Concerta, which is a stimulant. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a prescription stimulant in the same class as Ritalin. Concerta addiction can be developed by those who use the drug recreationally - without prescription - and those who take more than their prescribed dosage. 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.
The chemical formation of Concerta is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine thereby making it a highly addictive stimulant.
Once a person addicted to Concerta stops taking the drug, they can experience uncomfortable symptoms like paranoia, fatigue and depression. Other signs of Concerta include:
Building a tolerance and needing more and more to feel the effects of the drug.
Experiencing heightened urges to use 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 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.
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. On the streets Concerta is known as: kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie 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.
Methylphenidate is the generic name for Concerta. 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 drug achieves a therapeutic effect by slowly raising the user's dopamine levels in the brain.
Several people misuse Concerta by pulverizing and inhaling a large amount of it for a more powerful excitation. The drug can also be abused intravenously.
Effects Of Concerta Abuse
Purchasing or using Concerta without a prescription are considered as an abuse of the drug. For those using it as medication, raising the dosage and /or frequency, outside the prescriptions of the physician, is also taken as misuse.
Concerta can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. ADHD and narcolepsy are two things it is rightfully prescribed for. Due to its activity in the brain, it is a commonly abused drug.
Why people abuse Concerta:
Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
College- age students often use stimulants to help them with the studying process.
Some people abuse Concerta for weight loss as it's a potent appetite suppressor.
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.
The chemical it influences is a feel good chemical.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
The abuser is affected physically and mentally by the overdose. Physical Concerta Overdose Symptoms Include:
Strain on the heart
Disrupted heart rhythm
Lack of saliva
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include:
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
College students often take Concerta in combination with other drugs, or alcohol. 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. 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. Anxiety and impaired concentration can also be caused within the user.