Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. Athletes and students often got hooked on it because it causes laser like focus and attention. 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. Like any other drug addiction, breaking free from the claws of Concerta addiction is no easy task, with proper help it is however possible. If you are looking for help to deal with a concept of addiction should be calling us now for the treatment program that can assist you on 0800 772 3971.
The chemical composition of Concerta is almost the same as that of Cocaine and amphetamine making it very addictive.
Once addicted, any attempt to stop takes a toil of the person physically. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction:
Requiring more dosage to experience the drug 's high (tolerance).
Doing whatever needs to be done, illegal or not, to get the drug in order to use it.
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. The physician will reduce the dosage until they finally wean off, gradually taking the patient off the drug. They will also help the patient deal with the effects of coming off the drug.
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. Concerta is recognized as Schedule II regulated excitant. It is medically used to decrease hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
The drug methylphenidate is marketed under the brand-name Concerta. Other brands include:
Concerta and other stimulants are widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of their calming effect and increased focus. The stimulant increases the dopamine levels within the brain of the user slowly in order to achieve a therapeutic effect.
The abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. It can also be injected directly into the veins.
Effects Of Abusing Concerta
Unless specifically prescribed by a doctor, using Concerta is considered abuse. 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 influences chemicals in the brain and nervous system that participate in hyperactivity and impulse management. It is mostly recommended to handle 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.
Why people abuse Concerta:
Because it increases focus, people abuse it to increase academic performance.
Students in college regularly indulge in the abuse of stimulants has study aids.
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.
Increased dopamine levels are associated with attention and pleasure.
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. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with:
Continuous pain in the head
Elevated heart rate
Elevated blood pressure
Disrupted heart rhythm
There are some specific psychological signs of an overdose as well:
Psychoses and detachment from reality
Common Concerta Substance Combinations
Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students The consequences of having Concerta with alcohol can be dangerous.
The depressant qualities of alcohol are countered by the stimulant effects of Concerta. 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.
From mixing Concerta with alcohol, negative side effects like nausea, headaches and dizziness can appear. Nervousness and lower focus could result from this combination.