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Metadate CD

Metadate CD is the brand name version of mthylphenidate, with a similar effect to Ritalin. A psychostimulant, Metadate CD is often used to treat children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The medication is also used to treat those suffering from narcolepsy.

Metadate CD is a potent central nervous system stimulant derived from amphetamine and is believed to exert its effect by enhancing dopaminergic transmission in the brain. Like Ritalin, Metadate CD presents a high potential for abuse.

Whether the abuser obtains the medication due to an ADHD problem or they purchase them from someone who does, addiction is easy to develop. It is a close pharmaceutical equivalent to cocaine due to its impact on the central nervous system. As a result, many abusers will use it to increase alertness, attention and energy. While these appear to be benefits to the user, they are also accompanied by increases in blood pressure, heart pressure and breathing. As a stimulant, the medication can cause difficulty sleeping, a loss of appetite, irritability, nervousness, stomach aches, headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.

When this medication is used outside of a doctor’s care and a habit is formed, it can cause a number of significant physical reactions, which can include an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures, hostility, feelings of paranoia, verbal tics, uncontrolled movements and difficulty urinating.

If Metadate CD is stopped abruptly after substantial and prolonged use, a dysphoric mood can develop within a few hours or even several days after the cessation of the drug or even a reduction in its application. This mood can be very difficult for the user, leading to continued use of the drug.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with Metadate CD can include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Vivid, unpleasant dreams
  • Insomnia or Hypersomnia
  • Increased appetite
  • Psychomotor retardation

With the growth in the prescriptions written for medications to treat ADHD, as well as the growth in the number of individuals taking it for illicit means, abuse is rapidly growing. The treatment of an addiction to Metadate CD can vary depending upon the patient and the level of addiction.

The first step is for a patient to be evaluated by a board-certified physician and a board-certified psychiatrist to determine the proper method for treatment. Detoxification is necessary, and the doctor may recommend 24/7 treatment.

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