Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting focus and attention. Concerta [Methylphenidate] is a stimulant which can only be obtained with a prescription and is in the same category 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. It is hard to overcome Concerta addiction, and that is why you need professional treatment to help along the way to recovery. 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 addicted, any attempt to stop takes a toil of the person physically. Additional syndrome of Concerta dependence are
- A need to use higher dose of the drug due to a higher tolerance to the drug.
- Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
- Searching for new methods to obtain the drug in order to abuse it regardless of whether it is legal or illegal.
- Continuing the use of Concerta even when it's becoming a problem for the loved ones or responsibilities.
It is advisable that Concerta addicts should not stop taking the drug unless under a doctor's care. The physician will reduce the dosage until they finally wean off, gradually taking the patient off the drug. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
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Concerta pills are cylindrical in shape and can be red, grey, yellow or white, depending on the potency. They come in four different strengths 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy 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 generic name for Concerta. Other trade names of methylphenidate are
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
It is useful in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A therapeutic effect also happens as the amount of dopamine in the user's brain is slowly raised.
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 Misuse Effects
Taking the drug without prescription is misuse of the drug. 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.
Concerta influences chemicals in the brain and nervous system that participate in hyperactivity and impulse management. ADHD and narcolepsy are two things it is rightfully prescribed for. Despite many people taking Concerta as a remedy for these conditions, quite a few are known to abuse the drug for the stimulant properties.
People may misuse Concerta in order to
- 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 are known to suppress appetite and that is why people may abuse Concerta.
- 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.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
Physical and psychological repercussions will be felt by an individual who overdoses on Concerta. Physical Concerta overdose symptoms include
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Dry mouth
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with
- A manic like state
- Agitated behaviour
Common Combinations Of Concerta And Other Drugs
Concerta is often taken with other drugs; the most common is alcohol, which is a problem with 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 might not experience the effects of alcohol like they usually do, making them take more. This leads to the chance of alcohol poisoning, and that can be fatal.
From mixing Concerta with alcohol, negative side effects like nausea, headaches and dizziness can appear. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.