Dependent Upon Concerta
Concerta is a stimulant with a high potential for addiction. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting 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. Dealing successfully with Concerta addiction can be arduous , but professional treatment could assist with the process. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will help you break the Concerta addiction.
The chemical composition of Concerta is almost the same as that of Cocaine and amphetamine making it very addictive.
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. There are some clear signs of Concerta addition, including
- A need to use higher dose of the drug due to a higher tolerance to the drug.
- Craving or needing to take Concerta.
- Doing whatever needs to be done, illegal or not, to get the drug in order to use it.
- 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. 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. Available in 18mg, 27mg, 36mg and 54 mg. In the streets it goes by kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, skittles. Concerta is a regulated stimulant and is classified as scheduled II. Concerta is mainly used as a stimulant medication to increase attention span and decrease hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.
Concerta is a brand name of the drug methylphenidate. Other brand names of methylphenidate include
- 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 abuse of Concerta by crushing the pills and snorting them in large doses to achieve a powerful high are relatively common among addicts. The drug can also be abused intravenously.
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.
The effects of Concerta target the central nervous system. ADHD and narcolepsy are two things it is rightfully prescribed for. Some people do take Concerta for legitimate reasons; however, it is abused for its stimulant properties.
People may abuse Concerta to
- Improving academic performance - Concerta has the capability to improve focus and concentration as a stimulant. It can also leave the user alert and with higher-energy levels.
- Its commonly used as a study aid with college students.
- Lose weight - Stimulants are known to suppress appetite and that is why people may abuse Concerta.
- Concerta acts as any other simulant and amps up the reward centre of the brain, causing a high for someone who does not need it for legitimate treatment.
- Attention and pleasure are commonly associated with increased dopamine levels within the brain.
A Concerta overdose can be deadly.
A Concerta misuse could distress the individual both mentally and physically. Signs of a Concerta overdose are
- Pounding head
- Increased heartbeat
- Lack of saliva
Psychological symptoms of excessive Concerta dosage include
- A manic like state
- Compulsive behaviours
Combinations Commonly Used With Concerta
College students often take Concerta in combination with other drugs, or alcohol. The consequences of having Concerta with alcohol can be dangerous.
Concerta and alcohol have opposing effects on the body, Concerta being stronger its effects are stronger. In a quest to feel the effect of the alcohol, the person takes more and more. The combination can increase the risks of alcohol poisoning, to levels of fatality.
The negative effects of Concerta - headaches, queasiness, and vertigo - and amplified by the alcohol. It could also lead to nervousness and reduced attentiveness in the user.