Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. Students and athletes abuse this drug to boost focus and attention. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. 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. 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.
The chemical formation of Concerta is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine thereby making it a highly addictive stimulant.
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. Additional syndrome of Concerta dependence are:
A need to use higher dose of the drug due to a higher tolerance to the drug.
Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
Using Concerta despite social consequences even if it leads to isolation.
It is recommended that those who have a Concerta addiction not to stop using the drug without consulting a doctor first. A medical practitioner can establish a tapering program for the user where the medication dosage would be continually lessened. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
Concerta pills are cylindrical in shape and can be red, grey, yellow or white, depending on the potency. Available in 18mg, 27mg, 36mg and 54 mg. The nicknames given to Concerta includes kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, and skittles. Concerta is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulant. Concerta is primarily prescribed as a stimulant to help improve hyperactivity and impulsivity as wall as improve attention span.
Methylphenidate is the chemical name of Concerta. Other brand names of the drug methylphenidate include the following:
Widely used as treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), stimulants like Concerta increase focus and have a relaxing effect. The drug achieves a therapeutic effect by slowly raising the user's dopamine levels in the brain.
For a more powerful high some people abuse Concerta by crushing and snorting large doses of it. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Concerta Abuse And Effects
Acquiring or taking Concerta with no medical purpose is regarded as a misuse of the medication. People who have a prescription should not be looking forward to increasing the dosage or the frequency of their requirement without a recommendation from the prescribing doctor because it would also be considered as Concerta abuse.
The effects of Concerta target the central nervous system. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Some people do take Concerta for legitimate reasons; however, it is abused for its stimulant properties.
People may misuse Concerta in order to:
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.
Students in college regularly indulge in the abuse of stimulants has study aids.
As part of a weight loss plan because it reduces one's urge to eat.
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:
Elevated blood pressure
Disrupted heart rhythm
Psychological symptoms of Concerta overdose include:
Common Combinations Of Concerta And Other Drugs
College students often take Concerta in combination with other drugs, or alcohol. Taking Concerta with alcohol can produce dangerous consequences.
Concerta and alcohol have opposing effects on the body, Concerta being stronger its effects are stronger. In a quest to feel the effect of the alcohol, the person takes more and more. This raises the danger of alcohol poisoning, which could be dangerous.
Mixing the drug with alcohol could also magnify its negative effects. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.