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Re: Is Concerta addictive?

Posted by Christ_empowered on May 10, 2021, at 8:26:30

In reply to Is Concerta addictive?, posted by NKP on May 10, 2021, at 4:38:31

hi. Ritalin preparations are -thought- to be less addictive general, less problematic (less psychosis, agitation, mania, mood instability, euphoria, dosage escalation)...than the amphetamine preparations.

way back when, a 'patient advocacy group' actually pushed to have the various forms of Ritalin moved from Schedule II (where it is refills, new written prescription for each supply, same Schedule as amphetamines, the few remaining barbiturates, and many pain killers) into Schedule III (limited refills allowed, recognized as potentially addictive, but fewer restrictions), and then...

a bit of research uncovered the source of the group's funding: drug companies involved in the ADD/ADHD pharmaceutical business. oops. back to the 50s and 60s, when uppers by prescription were commonly prescribed by both family doctors and shrinks...

Ritalin was regarded as milder, a better cardio-effect profile, and less likely to trigger the same level of problems (drug seeking, and also negative reactions, such as panic and agitation) vs the various amphetamine products available then (, too, though doctors don't use prescription methamphetamine nearly as often).

history lesson aside, I'd personally vote for Concerta and other sustained- and extended-release forms of Ritalin as probably considerably less addictive than any amphetamine product I can think of...

but not risk free. I would think there might be a higher risk (?) when using it for mood problems vs attention problems, but I could obviously be mistaken.

hope this helps.




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