Concerta is a psychostimulant with a great possibility for addiction. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. Use of Concerta without the directives of a medical doctor as well as deviating from the instructions of use of the drug exposes one to the very likely possibility of addiction to Concerta. Professional treatment can significantly assist someone trying to beat a Concerta addiction. If you'd like help finding a treatment program, please give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
It's addiction potential stems from the fact that it's chemical composition is akin to Cocaine and amphetamine.
Someone having an addiction to Concerta will go through difficult withdrawal syndromes such as paranoia, fatigue, and depression if they discontinue the medication. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction:
Requiring more of the drug to get the effect once achieved by smaller portions of the drug.
Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
Continuing the use of Concerta even when it's becoming a problem for the loved ones 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. They come in four different strengths: 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, 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. 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. Methylphenidate has other brand names, too, including:
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 medication also gradually increases the levels of dopamine in the brain of its users.
Several people misuse Concerta by pulverizing and inhaling a large amount of it for a more powerful excitation. Intravenous use of the stimulant is also quite popular.
Concerta Misuse Effects
Abuse of the drug is considered when people get and use Concerta without a prescription. 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 can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. The most common prescriptions written for Concerta are to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Despite many people taking Concerta as a remedy for these conditions, quite a few are known to abuse the drug for the stimulant properties.
There are several reasons why people might abuse Concerta:
Enhance academic performance -As an excitant, Concerta heightens concentration and attention also consciousness and energy rate.
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.
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.
People can overdose on Concerta if they take too much, that can be life-threatening.
The abuser is affected physically and mentally by the overdose. Physical signs of Concerta excessive dosage are:
Increased heart rate.
Elevated blood pressure
Psychological symptoms of excessive Concerta dosage include:
A persecution complex
Popular Drug Combinations Of Concerta
Some people take Concerta with other drugs. Adding alcohol to Concerts can have serious ramifications.
The depressant qualities of alcohol are countered by the stimulant effects of Concerta. Users of this combination are not likely to feel the effects of alcohol like they would normally do and could be led to believe that they can have more. This can easily escalating to alcohol poisoning.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.