Concerta Withdrawal and Detox

Concerta withdrawal produces very uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and anxiety. Depression can be severe during withdrawal, making it very important for users to detox under the supervision of a medical professional.

What is Concerta Withdrawal?

Severe headaches are common during withdrawal from Concerta.Due to the powerful impact Concerta has on the brain reward system, an addiction to the drug can develop quickly. Even those who follow a prescription can become addicted to Concerta, but the risk is far higher for a recreational user.

Concerta is typically abused as an academic or athletic performance booster, an appetite suppressant for weight loss, or to achieve a high. After prolonged abuse, Concerta users can develop a tolerance to and a psychological dependence on the drug.

“[Concerta], which is thought to be a fairly innocuous compound, can have structural and biochemical effects in some regions of the brain that can be even greater than those of cocaine.”

- Dr. Yong Kim, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2009

Once an addiction to Concerta has taken hold, the user will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if they quit taking the drug. Withdrawal is the body’s response to no longer having the drug in its system.

Any attempt to discontinue use of Concerta should be done under a doctor’s care, as withdrawal from the drug can have serious health consequences.

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Symptoms of Withdrawal

Concerta withdrawal is sometimes referred to as the “Concerta crash.” Symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on the severity and history of the Concerta addiction. A long-term addiction to Concerta usually results in more pronounced and longer-lasting withdrawal.

Common Concerta withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Decreased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Severe headaches
  • Depression
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Extreme hunger
  • Psychosis
  • Irritability
  • Foggy thinking

Concerta withdrawal symptoms, like depression, can be very severe. For this reason, medically assisted detox is recommended over quitting without a doctor.

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Duration of Withdrawal

Withdrawal from Concerta usually begins within 24 hours of taking the last dose, but it can take up to several days for some users. The whole process can last anywhere from a couple weeks to several months.

Quitting “cold turkey” generally results in a more intense, but quicker, withdrawal period. Although it takes longer, tapering off use is the recommended method of detox because the withdrawal is much less intense.

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    Concerta Withdrawal Timeline

    First 24 hoursSymptoms of withdrawal usually present within the first 24 hours after stopping use. Former users often develop a headache, feel very tired and find it hard to concentrate. They may also experience mood swings.
    Days 2-4Symptoms peak over the next several days. Anxiety, depression and irritability may be intense.
    Days 5-14Withdrawal symptoms gradually subside and become more manageable as the body adjusts to the absence of Concerta. Depression may persist and can last several months for some users.

    Concerta Detox

    Abruptly quitting Concerta can be dangerous, as it often results in more severe symptoms of withdrawal. Instead of suddenly quitting, users can wean themselves off the drug under a doctor’s supervision.

    A tapering regimen will help to slowly reduce the body’s dependence on Concerta, resulting in less intense symptoms of withdrawal.

    For someone with a long history of Concerta abuse, an inpatient rehab center is a better option than outpatient care. Inpatient facilities offer the highest level of care, as well as a structured and supportive environment. The treatment professionals guide the recovering individual toward developing new habits and behaviors that help solidify sobriety.

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    Treatment for Concerta Addiction

    Receiving professional treatment at a residential treatment center or an outpatient program will offer Concerta users their best chance at a successful recovery. Finding a program that offers medical detox is important to ensure the user’s safety during withdrawal.

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