Concerta has a high probability of leading to addiction because it is a stimulant. It is mostly misused by students and athletes to enhance concentration and interest. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. Concerta addiction can be developed by those who use the drug recreationally - without prescription - and those who take more than their prescribed dosage. Just as with other substances overcoming an addiction of Concerta can be challenging. However, the treatment if obtained professionally can help ease the process. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
It's addiction potential stems from the fact that it's chemical composition is akin to Cocaine and amphetamine.
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:
Developing a need for higher doses of the drug to feel the effects [tolerance].
Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
Doing whatever it takes to access the drug no matter the risks e.g. engaging in criminal activities.
Continuing the use of Concerta even when it's becoming a problem for the loved ones or responsibilities.
Medical supervision is advised for addicts of Concerta if they have decided to quit the drug for any reason. A weaning schedule set up by a doctor can taper the dose to smaller and smaller doses. A medical specialist could also assist users control and handle withdrawal syndrome.
Concerta tablets are cylindrical in shape, its effectiveness is determined by its colour which may be red, grey, yellow or white. They are formulated in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg and 54 mg strengths. 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. The primary use of Concerta is as a medical stimulant which can increase attention span and bring about a reduction in hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
Methylphenidate is the chemical name of Concerta. Methylphenidate has other brand names, too, including:
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug achieves a therapeutic effect by slowly raising the user's dopamine levels in the brain.
The abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Concerta Abuse And Effects
Abuse of the drug is considered when people get and use Concerta without a prescription. Increasing a prescribed dose without the doctor's knowledge is also considered 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. Although most people take Concerta to cure these situations, another misuse of the medication for its excitant properties.
Abuse of Concerta could be because of the following reasons:
Improving academic performance - Concerta has the capability to improve focus and concentration as a stimulant. It can also leave the user alert and with higher-energy levels.
College- age students often use stimulants to help them with the studying process.
Losing weight - Concerta is also used to lose weight because the stimulant is an appetite suppressant.
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.
Ingesting a high dosage of Concerta can lead to an overdose which can be life-threatening.
Concerta overdose is detrimental to both the physical and mental health of a person. Physical Concerta Overdose Symptoms Include:
Elevated blood pressure
Lack of saliva
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with:
Violent feelings or behaviour
Typical Drug Mixtures That Include 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 and alcohol have opposing effects on the body, Concerta being stronger its effects are stronger. Users of this combination are not likely to feel the effects of alcohol like they would normally do and could be led to believe that they can have more. Which puts them at risk of alcohol poisoning and even death.
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.