Very similar to cocaine and amphetamine, it has the potential for abuse and the development of physical dependence. Concerta is released over time (slow-release), unlike Ritalin which is released at once into the system.  People using this drug recreationally or taking more than the prescribed dosage is at risk of developing an addiction. Those that are following the prescribed dosage can become addicted to it, but the risk is far higher for a recreational user.


Concerta is commonly abused by people trying to:

  • Stay awake.
  • Lose weight.
  • Improve their learning ability.
  • Achieve a high similar to cocaine.


What does it Look Like?

Concerta 54 mg pillConcerta is a cylindrical pill. Its color varies depending on the milligrams, it can be either red, gray, yellow, or white. They come in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg strengths. Some use it by crushing it in large doses and then snorting it or injecting it.

Street Names

Street names for Concerta include kibbles & bits, kiddy cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties, and skittles.

Signs of Addiction

A person with an addiction to Concerta will display certain behaviors and physical changes:

  • Grinding of teeth,
  • Increased feeling of alertness,
  • Problems with sleep,
  • Aggressivity,
  • Loss of appetite, loss of weight,
  • Irritability,
  • Feelings of elation or mania,
  • Sweats,
  • Fixation with repetitive motions,
  • Psychotic behavior.

Some abusers may experience hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and psychosis. Depression and suicidal thoughts are also common.


Common Concerta withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Decreased heart rate,
  • Nausea,
  • Anxiety,
  • Fatigue,
  • Severe headaches,
  • Depression,
  • Extreme fatigue.

  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Extreme hunger
  • Psychosis
  • Irritability
  • Foggy thinking

Concerta withdrawal symptoms can be very severe. Medical detox may be recommended but quitting cold turkey can be done and does not represent a health risk.


Withdrawal Duration

Withdrawal starts within 24 hours of taking the last dose but can take several days for some users. The whole process can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months, depending on the severity and the history of the addiction. A long-term addiction usually has a more pronounced and longer-lasting withdrawal.

Quitting “cold turkey” generally results in a more intense, but quicker, withdrawal period. Tapering off takes longer but the withdrawal symptoms are less intense.


Signs of Overdose

  • vomiting,
  • agitation,
  • tremors,
  • muscle twitching,
  • seizure (convulsions),
  • confusion,
  • hallucinations,
  • sweating,
  • fast or pounding heartbeat,
  • blurred vision,
  • dry mouth and nose, and
  • fainting.

An overdose can be fatal. If you suspect someone is overdosing call 911 right away. You may save a person’s life!