Methylphenidate: Chemical | Organic composition

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 12:57 pm

Methylphenidate, a derivative of piperidine, a synthetic chemical that is used in the manufacture of rubber, is structurally similar to amphetamine and cocaine. These three drugs are all central nervous system stimulants that act on a chemical within the human body known as dopamine, one of the substances within the human body that controls feelings of pleasure.
Unlike cocaine and amphetamine, however, MPH does not cause feelings of pleasure in the brains of individuals with ADHD. However, when healthy people unaffected by ADHD take methylphenidate illicitly, they get, at least initially, a sharp signal reception that the brain interprets as pleasure. Unfortunately, people without ADHD soon develop a tolerance to the drug and need increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same effect, often leading to methylphenidate abuse.

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