Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is commonly used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. It was first synthesized in 1944 and first used in 1955 for some symptoms other than ADHD. It comes with some side effects just like any other psychoactive stimulant, but these are generally tolerated by most people if used with a prescription. Methylphenidate prescription frequency has increased in recent years and so has its tendency to abuse.
The effect of methylphenidate abuse is similar in its nature to cocaine and other stimulants. The user gets a sudden â€œhighâ€ or â€œrushâ€ of emotions due to the increased level of dopamine in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure, movement, and attention. Methylphenidate abuse starts when a patient starts feeling the good vibes after taking a dosage and continues to increase the dosage gradually as the body develops a tolerance.
Methylphenidate brand name drugs such as Ritalin are especially popular amongst high school and college students trying to study for long hours during their exams. The high attention span and increased energy levels from Ritalin help them stay awake for longer periods. Added to that the fact that the drug is cheap to obtain even for these students. A single pill can cost as low as two dollars. Once a person gets hooked, it is very hard to let go of stimulant abuse alone.
Methylphenidate is known by other slang names such as:
Stimulant abuse can affect a person physically as well as psychologically. It can increase blood pressure, heart rate, dangerously high body temperatures, insomnia and loss of appetite. Long-term abuse can lead to irrational behavior, agitation, paranoia, and hallucinations. Higher doses and use together with other alcohol or other illicit substances can cause stroke, coma, or even death. IntoTreatment is here to help. If you or a loved one is addicted to methylphenidate, seek help immediately before any more damage is done to your mind and body.