Concerta is a psychostimulant with a great possibility for addiction. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting focus and attention. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a medicament stimulant in the same category as Ritalin 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. Dealing successfully with Concerta addiction can be arduous , but professional treatment could assist with the process. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
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. There are some clear signs of Concerta addition, including
- Requiring more of the drug to get the effect once achieved by smaller portions of the drug.
- Craving Concerta.
- Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
- Using the stimulant Concerta even when issues with loved ones or responsibilities are important.
Medical guidance should be sought after by those battling with Concerta addiction before quitting the drug. A weaning schedule set up by a doctor can taper the dose to smaller and smaller doses. Medical professionals can also help addicts manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.
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Knowledge Of Concerta
Concerta pills are cylindrical in shape and can be red, grey, yellow or white, depending on the potency. The strength of the pills is usually 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. Concerta is a Schedule II regulated stimulant. 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 brands include
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
It is useful in treating 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. Another method is directly to the blood through injection.
Effects Of Abusing Concerta
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. 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.
Abuse of Concerta could be because of the following reasons
- Since it increases concentration and focus and amps up energy, it's often abused to improve academic performance.
- Its commonly used as a study aid with college students.
- Lose weight - Stimulants are known to suppress appetite and that is why people may abuse Concerta.
- Get high - Since Concerta activates the reward system in the brain, the drug can also provide a high if taken by someone who is not being treated for ADHD.
- Attention and pleasure are commonly associated with increased dopamine levels within the brain.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
Concerta overdose is detrimental to both the physical and mental health of a person. Physical Concerta overdose symptoms include
- Throwing up
- Head pains
- High heartbeat
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sinus arrhythmia
- Lack of saliva
Overdose of Concerta mentally presents with
- Manic episodes
- Psychoses and detachment from reality
- Uncontrollable behaviours
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
It is familiar to observe college students using Concerta along with other drugs such as alcohol. Combining Concerta with alcohol can have threatening implications.
As a stimulant, Concerta can countermand the depressant effects of alcohol. In such situation, users may not feel the effects of alcohol like usually, thus making them drink 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.