Being a stimulus, Concerta has a high addiction power. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. Ritalin and Concerta (also known as methylphenidate) are prescription stimulant drugs. 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. Just as with other substances overcoming an addiction of Concerta can be challenging. However, the treatment if obtained professionally can help ease the process. If you'd like help finding a treatment program, please give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
What makes Concerta so addictive is the similar chemical makeup to those of 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. 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.
Experiencing heightened urges to use Concerta.
Doing whatever it takes to access the drug no matter the risks e.g. engaging in criminal activities.
Continuing to use the drug even if it starts to interfere with personal relationships or responsibilities.
Medical supervision is advised for addicts of Concerta if they have decided to quit the drug for any reason. Medical providers can give them a tapering off program where the stimulant will be administered in smaller doses regularly. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
Depending on the potency of the cylindrical pill, Concerta can be red, grey, yellow, or white. They come in four different strengths: 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. It's also known by some different names on the street: kibbles and bits, kiddy Cocaine, kiddy coke, pineapple, skittles, and smarties. 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. Other trade names of methylphenidate are:
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug achieves a therapeutic effect by slowly raising the user's dopamine levels in the brain.
The abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. The medication can also be misused by means of intravenous injections.
Effects Of Abusing Concerta
Abuse of the drug is considered when people get and use Concerta without a prescription. Deviating from the precise direction of drug use is also abuse.
Chemicals that influence hyperactivity and self control in the brain and nervous system are both affected by Concentra. 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:
Because it increases focus, people abuse it to increase academic performance.
College age students usually misuse stimulants as academic support.
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.
Focus and happiness are also associated with the drug because of its ability to increase dopamine levels.
A Concerta overdose can be deadly.
Concerta overdose is detrimental to both the physical and mental health of a person. Physical signs of Concerta excessive dosage are:
Elevated heart rate
Strain on the heart
There are some specific psychological signs of an overdose as well:
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. Taking Concerta with alcohol can produce dangerous consequences.
The depressant qualities of alcohol are countered by the stimulant effects of Concerta. 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 intensity of the negative side effects of Concerta which can include nausea, headaches and dizziness can increase when it is mixed with alcohol. The user can also experience produce and impaired concentration.