The potential of addiction is high with Concerta, which is a stimulant. It is mostly misused by students and athletes to enhance concentration and interest. Ritalin and Concerta (also known as methylphenidate) are prescription stimulant drugs. 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. Like any other drug addiction, breaking free from the claws of Concerta addiction is no easy task, with proper help it is however possible. 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.
Once a person addicted to Concerta stops taking the drug, they can experience uncomfortable symptoms like paranoia, fatigue and depression. Other signs of Concerta include:
Requiring more dosage to experience the drug 's high (tolerance).
Craving or needing to take Concerta.
Searching out new methods of acquiring the medication -legally or illegally - so as to misuse it.
Continuing to use the drug even if it starts to interfere with personal relationships or responsibilities.
Medical guidance should be sought after by those battling with Concerta addiction before quitting the drug. The physician will reduce the dosage until they finally wean off, gradually taking the patient off the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can also be managed and alleviated with the help of a clinician.
Concerta tablets are cylindrical in shape, its effectiveness is determined by its colour which may be red, grey, yellow or white. Available in 18mg, 27mg, 36mg and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy Coke, smarties and skittles. Concerta is recognized as Schedule II regulated excitant. 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.
The drug methylphenidate is marketed under the brand-name Concerta. Other brand names of methylphenidate include:
Stimulants like Concerta can also have a calming effect on individuals and help them to increase focus, and therefore, they are widely used in the treatment of 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.
Effects Of Concerta Abuse
Abuse of the drug is considered when people get and use Concerta without a prescription. For those using it as medication, raising the dosage and /or frequency, outside the prescriptions of the physician, is also taken as misuse.
Concerta influences chemicals in the brain and nervous system that participate in hyperactivity and impulse management. 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:
Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
This is common in institutions of higher education.
Some people abuse Concerta for weight loss as it's a potent appetite suppressor.
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.
The chemical it influences is a feel good chemical.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with:
Continuous pain in the head
Elevated heart rate
Strain on the heart
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with:
Violent feelings or behaviour
A persecution complex
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
Some people take Concerta with other drugs. It is dangerous to combine Concerta with alcohol.
As an excitant, Concerta could overrule the depression consequences of alcohol. In a quest to feel the effect of the alcohol, the person takes more and more. This leads to the chance of alcohol poisoning, and that can be fatal.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.