Quillivant XR Addiction And Abuse

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Quillivant XR is a slow-release stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults and is sometimes used to treat narcolepsy. Quillivant XR is like other ADHD medications as it increases the release of certain chemicals in a person’s brain and effects how the central nervous system (CNS) works. Quillivant XR contains methylphenidate, the same active ingredient in Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate, along with amphetamine, were originally over-the-counter drugs and became prescriptions for ADHD in 1959. However, due to an increase in substance misuse and addiction, both drugs became “scheduled” in 1978. Quillivant XR did not make an appearance until September 2012 when the FDA approved it for ADHD treatment. It is the only ADHD medication in liquid form.

Quillivant XR Addiction And Abuse

Quillivant XR is taken once a day orally, and since it is a slow-release drug, it lasts twice as long as other ADHD medications. Like other CNS stimulants, Quillivant XR controls impulsive behavior and hyperactivity by promoting the release of certain neurotransmitters. When taken as directed, it improves a person’s concentration and ability to stay focused on one task, ultimately improving behavior.

Quillivant XR is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its highly addictive effects; therefore, it must be taken exactly as directed by a doctor to reduce the risk of substance misuse. If someone missed their Quillivant XR dose, they are told to take it once they remember, unless it is later in the afternoon. Taking Quillivant XR late-afternoon may cause insomnia.

Common side effects of Quillivant XR are nausea, loss of appetite, nervousness, weight loss, restlessness, dry mouth and mild anxiety. Loss of appetite and weight loss are more frequently reported.

The starting dose for Quillivant XR is 20 mg once per day in the morning. A doctor might decrease the dose to 10 mg daily depending on the success of the medication.

Taking Quillivant XR as directed reduces the risk of addiction; although, the potential for misuse is still present. If a person has a history of substance use disorder, the risk of misuse is much higher. Because Quillivant XR modifies how chemicals are produced in the CNS, a person might develop cravings for it because their brain will have a hard time secreting the chemicals alone. This often leads to recurring use and addiction.

If a person develops an addiction to Quillivant XR, they may seek a different drug that produces similar yet more powerful effects, like cocaine. They might also develop severe anxiety and become aggressive and irritable if the medication is not available.

Quillivant XR Addiction And Abuse

Since Quillivant XR and other stimulants have such a high addiction rate, preventing recurring use is important for a person’s recovery and long-term health. Finding an inpatient treatment program is beneficial for a person struggling with addiction. At The Recovery Village, our facilities offer great support through group therapy and counseling to help you or a loved one stay in recovery. For more information, visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free 24/7 hotline at 855-548-9825.