Concerta is a psychostimulant with a great possibility for addiction. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. Ritalin and Concerta (also known as methylphenidate) are prescription stimulant drugs. Concerta addiction can be developed by those who use the drug recreationally - without prescription - and those who take more than their prescribed dosage. It is hard to overcome Concerta addiction, and that is why you need professional treatment to help along the way to recovery. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
What makes Concerta so addictive is the similar chemical makeup to those of cocaine and amphetamine.
Once a person addicted to Concerta stops taking the drug, they can experience uncomfortable symptoms like paranoia, fatigue and depression. There are some clear signs of Concerta addition, including
- Building a tolerance and needing more and more to feel the effects of the drug.
- Craving Concerta.
- Doing whatever it takes to access the drug no matter the risks e.g. engaging in criminal activities.
- Taking Concerta, not minding if it's affecting the loved ones or affecting normal obligations.
Medical supervision is advised for addicts of Concerta if they have decided to quit the drug for any reason. Medical providers can give them a tapering off program where the stimulant will be administered in smaller doses regularly. Withdrawal symptoms can also be managed and alleviated with the help of a clinician.
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What Is Concerta
Depending on the potency of the cylindrical pill, Concerta can be red, grey, yellow, or white. They are formulated in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg and 54 mg strengths. The nicknames given to Concerta includes kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, and skittles. It is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulus. It is medically used to decrease hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
The drug methylphenidate is marketed under the brand-name Concerta. Other trade names of methylphenidate are
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 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. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Concerta Abuse And Effects
Purchasing or using Concerta without a prescription are considered as an abuse of the drug. Deviating from the precise direction of drug use is also abuse.
The effects of Concerta target the central nervous system. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Due to its activity in the brain, it is a commonly abused drug.
Abuse of Concerta could be because of the following reasons
- Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
- 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.
- The chemical it influences is a feel good chemical.
A Concerta overdose can be deadly.
Concerta overdose is detrimental to both the physical and mental health of a person. Physical Concerta Overdose Symptoms Include
- Throwing up
- Increased heartbeat
- Elevated blood pressure
- Dry mouth
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include
- Manic-like state
- Psychoses and detachment from reality
- Compulsive behaviours
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students Taking Concerta with alcohol can produce dangerous consequences.
As a stimulant, Concerta can countermand the depressant effects of alcohol. 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. 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. The user may also face increased anxiety and poor focus.