What is Methylphenidate?
Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant, that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Methylphenidate is commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat other disorders such as depression, narcolepsy, brain injury, cancer, pain, and cognitive disorders and to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection.
High Abuse Potential
Methylphenidate holds a high risk of abuse amongst both patients and those using the drug for recreational purposes. Patients prescribed the medication will commonly increase dosage without their Doctors knowledge. This can lead to an dependency that when stopping its use will result in withdrawal symptoms.
Methylphenidate is also commonly abused as a study drug amongst college campuses world wide. Students are taking medications, such as Methylphenidate, in high doses to help them stay up for days on end and concentrate while studying and take big tests with ease. When they stop its use they crash. Others will take low to moderate doses as a pick-me-up, giving them increased energy. Some will crush the medication and snort it to acheive similar affects as cocaine produces. Taking Methylphenidate without a prescription put the person at high risk of health complications, dependency and even death.
Methylphenidate is known best by its trade mark name Ritalyn. It is most commonly used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allowing patients to concentrate on any task at hand. Methylphenidate directly affects chemicals in the brain such as dopamine making it an uplifting drug used in the treatment of depression. It also allows patients to keep energized and stay awake, treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate has also been used in the treatment of brain injury, cancer, pain, and cognitive disorders and to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection.
Misuse of Methylphenidate
Methylphenidate abusers, taking the medication with a prescription or illegally, are often interested by its euphoric effects and increased energy it produces. For some patients the medication stops working and they will increase doses without their doctors knowledge. The intentional misuse of Methylphenidate is a danger to their health and safety.
Methylphenidate is commonly misused by people for recreational purposes. It has been used as a study drug Nation wide throughout college campuses for its ability to help the student focus and stay up for hours on end. Parents of children have taken doses from their child for its energizing effects. Others have even used Methylphenidate by crushing it and then snorting it for a high similar to cocaine.
Signs of Methylphenidate Abuse
- Intentional misuse of the medication
- Recreational use of the drg
- Tolerance to the medication, increasing dose without doctors ok
- Change in behavior
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Forging prescription
- Visiting multiple Doctors and pharmacies for new prescriptions
- Problems at home, work and school
- Financial difficulties
- Trouble in personal relationships
- Thoughts and actions consumed by Methylpheidate use
Symptoms of Methylphenidate Withdrawal
- Extreme fatigue
- Changes in heart rhythm
Methylphenidate withdrawal symptoms can pose a danger to the persons health and safety. It is recommended the person seek treatment within a rehabilitation center for medical monitoring during withdrawal.
Methylphenidate Addiction Treatment
The treatment for stimulant addictions such as Methylphenidate requires the patient to enter into a residential program where they will be removed from temptation and put into a safe and therapeutic environment.
There they will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to Methylphenidate during the detoxification process. Their symptoms of withdrawal will be eased by taking a non addictive prescription medication. They will be able to work through the physical dependency they have for Methylphenidate with 24-7 supportive care and medical treatment to ensure their health and safety.
Therapy and counseling will help the patient to get to the cause of their addiction and work through it. They will be able to identify the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with Methylphenidate abuse and begin focusing on changing them to ones that promote sober living. The patient will gain the tools they need to maintain their sobriety when returning home, ensuring their success in sobriety.