Is Concerta a controlled substance? 

Is Concerta a controlled substance? 

Yes, Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a Schedule II controlled substance. It is a central nervous system stimulant, like Amphetamines, and is prescribed for the management and treatment of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (1). 

Concerta is a habit-forming medication. It can induce euphoria and get you high. It is illegal to use this medication without a prescription and only a few healthcare practitioners are qualified to prescribe this medication. 

If you are taking Prescription Concerta, it’s important to make sure that you properly follow your doctor’s directions. Misusing Methylphenidate or taking more than the prescribed dose can cause tolerance and you won’t find relief in your previous dose anymore. 

What are the signs and symptoms of Concerta abuse? 

Concerta is associated with the following signs and symptoms when it is used for the purpose of abuse (2):

  • Euphoria 
  • Confusion 
  • Nervousness 
  • Restlessness 
  • Delirium 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Mania
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Dizziness 
  • Slurred speech 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Headache 
  • Muscle tightness
  • Mood changes 
  • Weakness and numbness
  • Depression

These signs and symptoms vary from person to person and depend on the amount of drug taken and the overall duration of abuse. 

How to break the cycle of Concerta abuse? 

Concerta, being a habit-forming CNS stimulant, causes a really bad addiction and it’s difficult to get out of it. However, it’s not impossible. The first approach to do so is to inform your healthcare provider about Concerta abuse. 

Your doctor will examine you properly and will start to gradually taper off the medication to prevent intense withdrawal symptoms while discontinuing the medication. 

Getting out of substance abuse takes time and it can’t happen overnight. You need to be consistent and follow your doctor’s directions properly to get out of it. 

Make sure you don’t keep anything from your doctor and try your level best to effectively cut back on Concerta. Such meds can not be stopped abruptly and gradual dose tapering is essential. Meanwhile, keep your mindset and lifestyle as healthy as you possibly can. 

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