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. Concerta [Methylphenidate] is a stimulant which can only be obtained with a prescription and is in the same category as Ritalin. The highest risk for addiction lies with those who take the drug without a prescription for recreational purpose or people who take more than their prescribed dose. It is hard to overcome Concerta addiction, and that is why you need professional treatment to help along the way to recovery. If you are looking for help to deal with a concept of addiction should be calling us now for the treatment program that can assist you on 0800 772 3971.
It is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine in structure and addiction potential.
Someone having an addiction to Concerta will go through difficult withdrawal syndromes such as paranoia, fatigue, and depression if they discontinue the medication. Other Signs Of Concerted Action Include:
Requiring more of the drug to get the effect once achieved by smaller portions 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.
Taking Concerta, not minding if it's affecting the loved ones or affecting normal obligations.
Medical guidance should be sought after by those battling with Concerta addiction before quitting the drug. Medical providers can give them a tapering off program where the stimulant will be administered in smaller doses regularly. Medical professionals can also help addicts manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.
Pills of Concerta is cylindrical in shape and the colours of the pills are either red, grey, yellow or white depending upon the potency of the drug. They are produced in powers of 18 mg, 27mg, 36mg, and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy Coke, smarties and skittles. It is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulus. Concerta is primarily prescribed as a stimulant to help improve hyperactivity and impulsivity as wall as improve attention span.
The drug methylphenidate is marketed under the brand-name Concerta. Other brands include:
It is useful in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
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.
Effects Of Concerta Abuse
Purchasing or using Concerta without a prescription are considered as an abuse 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.
The effects of Concerta target the central nervous system. 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.
There are several reasons why people might abuse Concerta:
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.
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.
Increased dopamine levels are associated with attention and pleasure.
A Concerta overdose can be deadly.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Physical Concerta overdose symptoms include:
Continuous pain in the head
Increased heart rate.
High blood pressure
There are some specific psychological signs of an overdose as well:
A manic like state
Psychoses and detachment from reality
Violent feelings or behaviour
A persecution complex
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
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.
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. Which puts them at risk of alcohol poisoning and even death.
Mixing the drug with alcohol could also magnify its negative effects. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.