Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Quillivant XR Abuse

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Quillivant XR is an extended-release liquid stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and sometimes narcolepsy and obesity. Quillivant XR is growing in popularity because it slowly releases methylphenidate into a person’s system making it work much longer.

Quillivant XR has a powerful effect on the central nervous system (CNS), making it a popular and commonly misused substance among high school and college students as they take it to enhance their memory and concentration when studying. Overuse of stimulants like Quillivant XR can lead to addiction and several long-term problems.

Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Quillivant XR Abuse

As previously mentioned, Quillivant XR is a CNS stimulant that controls impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity. It is the only CNS stimulant that is taken once a day in liquid form. It was approved by the FDA in September 2012 and became available in January 2013. Quillivant XR is used to treat ADHD in children aged six to twelve, adolescents and adults.

Stimulant medications like Quillivant XR promote the secretion of certain neurotransmitters called dopamine and norepinephrine; they also increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The combination of effects helps a person pay better attention to one task without getting distracted, improves focus and concentration, and controls impulsive behavior.

If a doctor writes someone a prescription for Quillivant XR, they should take it as directed because stimulant medications have a high risk of misuse and addiction.

When taking Quillivant XR, one should be aware of the potential side effects, which include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking of the hands
  • Mild anxiety
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

Quillivant XR has a high potential for substance misuse, making it a Scheduled II controlled substance. Someone with a Quillivant XR prescription is less likely to misuse it; however, it is illegally obtained by high school and college students. If a person does not have ADHD and takes Quillivant XR, they are likely to experience a much stronger effect. Quillivant XR is also misused among people trying to lose weight since it decreases appetite.

Regular misuse of Quillivant XR builds up a person’s tolerance. When this happens, they will need to take a higher dose to improve the effects. Once a person stops taking Quillivant XR, they will begin to experience withdrawal due to the lack of neurotransmitters present from the drug. Someone struggling with Quillivant XR addiction may appear agitated, fatigued, experience severe anxiety and might become aggressive.

Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Quillivant XR Abuse

Although the short-term effects of Quillivant XR are not harmful, they often lead to potentially dangerous long-term effects, such as malnutrition, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Since Quillivant XR suppresses a person’s appetite, they may go hours without food and become malnourished in the long run.

CNS stimulants are dangerous if misused. Long-term use can hinder the brain’s ability to naturally produce certain chemicals, increasing the risk for severe anxiety and behavioral problems. At The Recovery Village, we are dedicated to your recovery and offer great treatment programs to suit your needs. If you are ready to start the road to recovery and overcome addiction, call our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 for more information.

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