Methylphenidate: Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 1:01 pm

Like its chemical cousins cocaine and amphetamine, MPH abuse can lead to tolerance and psychic dependence. Tolerance develops when the drug is used chronically and higher and higher dosages are needed to get the same effects. Frequent episodes of binge use can be followed by severe depression and an overpowering desire to continue using the drug despite the onset of serious negative medical and social consequences, including psychotic episodes, paranoid delusions, hallucinations, hospitalization, or incarceration.

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