Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. Usually it is abused to heighten attention and focus of the person. Concerta [Methylphenidate] is a stimulant which can only be obtained with a prescription and is in the same category as Ritalin. 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. Just as with other substances overcoming an addiction of Concerta can be challenging. However, the treatment if obtained professionally can help ease the process. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
What makes Concerta so addictive is the similar chemical makeup to those of cocaine and amphetamine.
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:
Developing a need for higher doses of the drug to feel the effects [tolerance].
Developing a strong urge for the use of 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.
It is advisable that Concerta addicts should not stop taking the drug unless under a doctor's care. A medical professional should set up a tapering program for the user to decreasingly take the drug. Also, a medical professional can help users manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.
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. In the streets it goes by kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, skittles. It is classified as a Schedule II regulated stimulus. It is medically used to decrease hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
Methylphenidate is the chemical name of Concerta. Other brand names of the drug methylphenidate include the following:
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A therapeutic effect also happens as the amount of dopamine in the user's brain is slowly raised.
Crushing and snorting large doses of Concerta is the preferred method for abusers has it provides a stronger high. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Concerta Abuse And 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.
The effects of Concerta target the central nervous system. Concerta is usually prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Although most people take Concerta to cure these situations, another misuse of the medication for its excitant properties.
People may abuse Concerta to:
Because it increases focus, people abuse it to increase academic performance.
College- age students often use stimulants to help them with the studying process.
Lose weight - Stimulants suppresses hunger, so people misuse Concerta so as to shed weight.
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.
The chemical it influences is a feel good chemical.
Using excess amount of Concerta could result to overdose, which can be life -endangering.
A Concerta misuse could distress the individual both mentally and physically. Signs of a Concerta overdose are:
Continuous pain in the head
The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include:
Violent feelings or behaviour
Popular Drug Combinations Of Concerta
It is familiar to observe college students using Concerta along with other drugs such as alcohol. Adding alcohol to Concerts can have serious ramifications.
As a stimulant, Concerta can countermand the depressant effects of alcohol. 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 can easily escalating to alcohol poisoning.
Mixing the drug with alcohol could also magnify its negative effects. The user may also face increased anxiety and poor focus.