Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. It is mostly misused by students and athletes to enhance concentration and interest. 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. Professional treatment can significantly assist someone trying to beat a Concerta addiction. 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. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction:
Building a tolerance and needing more and more to feel the effects of the drug.
Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
Searching out new methods of acquiring the medication -legally or illegally - so as to misuse it.
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 medical practitioner can establish a tapering program for the user where the medication dosage would be continually lessened. A medical specialist could also assist users control and handle withdrawal syndrome.
Concerta pills are cylindrical in shape and can be red, grey, yellow or white, depending on the potency. They are produced in powers of 18 mg, 27mg, 36mg, and 54 mg. 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. 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 generic name for Concerta. Other brands include:
Widely used as treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), stimulants like Concerta increase focus and have a relaxing effect. It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
Crushing and snorting large doses of Concerta is the preferred method for abusers has it provides a stronger high. 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.
Concerta can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is mostly recommended to handle ADHD and narcolepsy. Due to its activity in the brain, it is a commonly abused drug.
Why people abuse Concerta:
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.
Its commonly used as a study aid with college students.
Losing weight - Concerta is also used to lose weight because the stimulant is an appetite suppressant.
To feel good, it stimulates the brain producing a high.
Concentration and satisfaction are connected with increased dopamine levels.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
A Concerta misuse could distress the individual both mentally and physically. Signs of a Concerta overdose are:
Continuous pain in the head
Elevated blood pressure
Lack of saliva
There are some specific psychological signs of an overdose as well:
A manic like state
A persecution complex
Typical Drug Mixtures That Include Concerta
Concerta is often taken with other drugs; the most common is alcohol, which is a problem with college students. It is dangerous to combine Concerta with alcohol.
As an excitant, Concerta could overrule the depression consequences 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. This raises the danger of alcohol poisoning, which could be dangerous.
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.