Dependent Upon Concerta
Concerta has a high probability of leading to addiction because it is a stimulant. Students and athletes abuse this drug to boost focus and attention. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a medicament stimulant in the same category as Ritalin 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 need help finding a Concerta addiction treatment program, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.
The chemical composition of Concerta is almost the same as that of Cocaine and amphetamine making it very addictive.
Psychosis, exhaustion, and depression are some of the severe withdrawal symptoms someone addicted to Concerta will experience if they quit taking the drug. Other signs of Concerta include
- Developing a need for higher doses of the drug to feel the effects [tolerance].
- A compelling desire to take Concerta.
- Doing whatever it takes to access the drug no matter the risks e.g. engaging in criminal activities.
- Using Concerta despite social consequences even if it leads to isolation.
It is advisable that Concerta addicts should not stop taking the drug unless under a doctor's care. A medical practitioner can establish a tapering program for the user where the medication dosage would be continually lessened. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
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What Is Concerta
Concerta tablets are cylindrical in shape, its effectiveness is determined by its colour which may be red, grey, yellow or white. They are formulated in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg and 54 mg strengths. 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. 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.
Methylphenidate is the chemical name of Concerta. Methylphenidate has other brand names, too, including
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
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]. It works by raising the brain's dopamine levels.
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. Increasing a prescribed dose without the doctor's knowledge is also considered abuse.
Chemicals that influence hyperactivity and self control in the brain and nervous system are both affected by Concentra. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Although most people take Concerta to cure these situations, another misuse of the medication for its excitant properties.
Why people abuse Concerta
- Improve academic performance - As a stimulant, Concerta is known to increase focus and concentration as well as alertness and energy level.
- Its commonly used as a study aid with college students.
- Losing weight - Concerta is also used to lose weight because the stimulant is an appetite suppressant.
- 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.
- The chemical it influences is a feel good chemical.
An overdose of dopamine can be fatal.
Physical and psychological repercussions will be felt by an individual who overdoses on Concerta. Physical signs of Concerta excessive dosage are
- High heartbeat
- Strain on the heart
- Sinus arrhythmia
- Dry mouth
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include
- Manic-like state
- Impulsive actions
Combinations Commonly Used With Concerta
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students It is dangerous to combine Concerta with alcohol.
Concerta can override the depressive effects of alcohol as a stimulant. Users will imbibe more and more alcohol because the Concentra overrides its effects and they don't realize how much they are taking in. This raises the danger of alcohol poisoning, which could be dangerous.
Mixing the drug with alcohol could also magnify its negative effects. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.