Concerta is the brand name for the slow-release form of methylphenidate. Concerta is in the same class as Ritalin and diagnosed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta enhances the effects of norepinephrine and dopamine, which constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure and heart rate. Concerta is fast-acting and reaches peak levels within an hour after ingestion.
Taking large doses of Concerta can produce a high similar to the effects of cocaine. Concerta is sometimes injected or snorted to achieve this effect. If the drug is abused this way, there is a high risk of becoming addicted to Concerta. When the body develops a tolerance to the medication, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effects. The tolerance process is sped up if the medication is snorted or injected. If you are concerned that a loved one might be addicted to Concerta, look for the following signs of abuse:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Grinding of teeth
- Manic feelings
- Repetitive motions
- Delusion and hallucinations
Side Effects of Concerta Addiction
When using Concerta according to its prescribed instructions, you may experience some side effects until the body adjusts to the medication. These include headaches, stuffy nose, stomach pain, trouble sleeping, and loss of appetite. Signs of Concerta addiction are more severe and should be addressed as soon as possible. These include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Poor impulse control
Prolonged Concerta abuse can be dangerous and might result in organ toxicity, dental problems, stroke, and heart attack. The most severe symptoms and consequences can be avoided if a person addicted to Concerta gets professional medical help as soon as possible.
Get Treatment for Concerta Addiction
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