Concerta Addiction and Abuse in Somerset Somerset

Addicted To Concerta

Being a stimulus, Concerta has a high addiction power. Students and athletes are regularly abusing the stimulant with an intention of boosting focus and attention. Concerta (methylphenidate) is a prescription stimulant in the same class as Ritalin. Concerta addiction can be developed by those who use the drug recreationally - without prescription - and those who take more than their prescribed dosage. 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 need help finding a Concerta addiction treatment program, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.

The chemical formation of Concerta is similar to Cocaine and amphetamine thereby making it a highly addictive stimulant.

Someone having an addiction to Concerta will go through difficult withdrawal syndromes such as paranoia, fatigue, and depression if they discontinue the medication. Additional syndrome of Concerta dependence are

  • A need to use higher dose of the drug due to a higher tolerance to the drug.
  • A compelling desire to take Concerta.
  • Constantly searching for new ways to get the drug, legally or illegally.
  • 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. Medical providers can give them a tapering off program where the stimulant will be administered in smaller doses regularly. Also, a medical professional can help users manage and treat withdrawal symptoms.

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Knowledge Of Concerta

Concerta pills are cylindrical in shape and can be red, grey, yellow or white, depending on the potency. Available in 18mg, 27mg, 36mg and 54 mg. The nicknames given to Concerta includes kibbles & bits, kiddy Cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, and skittles. Concerta is a Schedule II regulated stimulant. 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. Methylphenidate has other brand names, too, including

  • Aptensio XR
  • Metadate CD
  • Metadate ER
  • Ritalin
  • 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 stimulant increases the dopamine levels within the brain of the user slowly in order to achieve a therapeutic effect.

For a more powerful high some people abuse Concerta by crushing and snorting large doses of it. Intravenous use of the stimulant is also quite popular.

Effects Of Concerta Abuse

Acquiring or taking Concerta with no medical purpose is regarded as a misuse of the medication. For those using it as medication, raising the dosage and /or frequency, outside the prescriptions of the physician, is also taken as misuse.

Concerta can affect the chemicals within the brain and the nervous system which can contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is used as a treatment method for ADHD and narcolepsy. Due to its activity in the brain, it is a commonly abused drug.

There are several reasons why people might abuse Concerta

  • 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 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.
  • Focus and happiness are also associated with the drug because of its ability to increase dopamine levels.

An overdose of dopamine can be fatal.

The abuser is affected physically and mentally by the overdose. Physical Concerta overdose symptoms include

  • Puking
  • Tremors
  • Shaking
  • Continuous pain in the head
  • Elevated pulse
  • High blood pressure
  • Sinus arrhythmia
  • Dry mouth

The Psychological Symptoms Of Concerta Overdose Can Include

  • A manic like state
  • Senselessness
  • Violent feelings or behaviour
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Hallucinations
  • Illusions
  • Suspicion
  • Bewilderment

Typical Drug Mixtures That Include Concerta

Concerta is at times used in mixture with other medications, such as alcohol- particularly among college students Taking Concerta with alcohol can produce dangerous consequences.

The depressant qualities of alcohol are countered by the stimulant effects of Concerta. Users might not experience the effects of alcohol like they usually do, making them take more. 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. The user may also face increased anxiety and poor focus.