Concerta addiction treatment typically begins when the individual undergoes an initial detoxification (detox) process. During this process, Concerta is eliminated from the body. Because Concerta has a half-life of approximately 3.5 hours, about half of the substance is eliminated in this time frame. The rest of the Concerta is usually eliminated within 48 to 96 hours of taking the last dose.
Once Concerta has been eliminated from the body, the full withdrawal process can last for several weeks. Any withdrawal symptoms that occur for longer than two weeks are referred to as post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the user’s medical history and history of Concerta use, these symptoms may persist for up to a year.
Dangerous withdrawal symptoms can occur when a user stops taking Concerta
When an individual stops taking Concerta, the amount of dopamine in the brain decreases. Even after the Concerta has been eliminated from the body, the user may experience significant psychological side effects, including paranoia, an inability to display appropriate emotions, heightened levels of anxiety, and impulsivity.
Concerta withdrawal can lead to suicidal thoughts in individuals with clinical depression
If a user stops taking Concerta suddenly, the psychological effects may be more pronounced. Some users experience severe depression after discontinuing this substance, increasing the risk of suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior.
The initial withdrawal period is especially dangerous for users with heart conditions
Concerta causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Although stopping Concerta can help with these symptoms, rapid changes in blood pressure and heart rate may cause severe complications, including stroke or heart attack.
Concerta Detoxification Medications
To help users manage the unpleasant symptoms associated with Concerta withdrawal, medical professionals at a rehabilitation facility may prescribe several medications. Bupropion can help with depression and other psychological withdrawal symptoms. Modafinil has a stimulant-like effect that can reduce the severity of certain withdrawal symptoms; it’s also used to prevent an individual from experiencing low energy levels during the withdrawal process. Propranolol and other beta-blockers reduce anxiety and also help control a user’s heart rate.
For more information about withdrawal, read our guide on Concerta addiction.