Being a stimulus, Concerta has a high addiction power. Athletes and students often got hooked on it because it causes laser like focus and attention. A prescription stimulant in the same drug class as Ritalin, Concerta is also called methylphenidate. Those that took the medication for pleasure - without a medical purpose - and those that use more than medicated dosage are exposed to the risk of being dependent on Concentra. It is hard to overcome Concerta addiction, and that is why you need professional treatment to help along the way to recovery. 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.
What makes Concerta so addictive is the similar chemical makeup to those of cocaine and amphetamine.
A person who is addicted to Concerta will be required to experience withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable if he or she decides to stop taking the drug. The withdrawal symptoms can include paranoia, fatigue and depression. Symptoms of addiction to Concerta addiction
- Requiring more dosage to experience the drug 's high (tolerance).
- Craving or needing to take Concerta.
- Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
- Taking Concerta, not minding if it's affecting the loved ones or affecting normal obligations.
It is recommended that those who have a Concerta addiction not to stop using the drug without consulting a doctor first. 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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Pills of Concerta is cylindrical in shape and the colours of the pills are either red, grey, yellow or white depending upon the potency of the drug. They come in four different strengths 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg. Concerta is popularly known on the streets as kibbles & bits, kidney Cocaine, pineapple, kiddy Coke, smarties and skittles. Concerta is a regulated stimulant and is classified as scheduled II. Concerta is basically used as an excitant medication to increase concentration duration and lessen hyperactivity and capricious conducts.
Methylphenidate is the chemical name of Concerta. Other brand names of methylphenidate include
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Ritalin LA
- Ritalin SR
Concerta and other excitants produce a soothing effect and enhance concentration, so they are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The medication also gradually increases the levels of dopamine in the brain of its users.
The mode of abuse can be in powder form through the nose. 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. And for those who take it with a prescription, increasing the dose or the frequency of use without doctor's recommendation is also considered Concerta abuse.
Concerta affects chemicals in the brain and nervous system that lead to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Although many people take Concerta to treat these conditions, many abuse the drug because of its stimulant properties.
People may abuse Concerta to
- Enhance academic performance -As an excitant, Concerta heightens concentration and attention also consciousness and energy rate.
- Its commonly used as a study aid with college students.
- As part of a weight loss plan because it reduces one's urge to eat.
- 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.
- Increased dopamine levels are associated with attention and pleasure.
People can overdose on Concerta if they take too much, that can be life-threatening.
Overdose on Concerta can affect the person physically and psychologically. Overdose of Concerta physically presents with
- Increased heartbeat
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sinus arrhythmia
- Dry mouth
There are some specific psychological signs of an overdose as well
- Manic-like state
- Psychoses and detachment from reality
- Violent feelings or behaviour
- Uncontrollable behaviours
- A persecution complex
Popular Drug Combinations Of Concerta
Concerta is often taken with other drugs; the most common is alcohol, which is a problem with college students. Adding alcohol to Concerts can have serious ramifications.
As an excitant, Concerta could overrule the depression consequences of alcohol. Users of this combination are not likely to feel the effects of alcohol like they would normally do and could be led to believe that they can have more. Which puts them at risk of alcohol poisoning and even death.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. The user can also experience produce and impaired concentration.