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What are the differences between cocaine and methylphenidate?

What are the differences between cocaine and methylphenidate?

Very little: Cocaine and methylphenidate are very much alike. They both go to the same receptor site in the brain and can cause the same symptoms when taken the same way. They are so much alike that they are used interchangeably in medical research. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

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How is methylphenidate similar to cocaine?

Both stimulants: They have a different mechanism of action at the cellular level which helps explain why mph can be prescribed safely for certain conditions. Cocaine can be safely used as a topical anesthesia but that's it. ...Read more

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Is it true that methylphenidate is similar to cocaine?

Is it true that methylphenidate is similar to cocaine?

Yes: both methylphenidate and cocaine work by increasing levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. methylphenidate is not as addictive of course. ...Read more

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Could cocaine replace concerta (ritalin) for a few days until i get my prescription renewed?

Unlikely : The drug delivery system and your metabolism make these two agents very different. Concerta is designed for a steady release over 6- 8 hours while the Cocaine is not. It would be out of your system relatively quickly. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could cocaine replace concerta (ritalin) for a few days until i get my prescription renewed?

Not a good plan: First of all, nobody needs stimulant medication every day, and many physicians give people holidays from them - like weekends or when on vacation. Cocaine is of unknown purity, can be overly strong or not strong enough, contains potentially lethal cutting agents (like levamisole), is illegal, requires using dealers where you can suffer violence or arrest. Altogether, a bad plan. Wait for renewal. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe my friend Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) when he has heavily abused Adderall ritalin and illegal amphetamines like cocaine and meth ?

Why would a doctor prescribe my friend Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) when he has heavily abused Adderall ritalin and illegal amphetamines like cocaine and meth ?

UNINFORMED: I would wonder if your "friend" has been honest about the medications that have been abused. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a prodrug and is not active if snorted ot injected. Still it is an amphetamine. Your friend will eventually be caught as there are more and more externally systems that monitor for doctor shopping and drug abuse. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal?

What's the difference between Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal?

Active ingredients: Both are central nervous system stimulants but they have different active ingredients: Ritalin (methylphenidate) - Methylphenidate. It blocks the reuptake of norephinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) into presynaptic neurons (TMI?). Adderall - Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Promote release of catecholamines (NE and DA primarily) from their storage sites. ...Read more

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What is the difference between methamphetamines and methylphenidates?

Stimulants: Methamphetamine (desoxyn) belongs to the amphetamine group of stimulants. It comes in 2 forms; dextro- form which is the psychostimulant, & the levo-form which is an over-the-counter nasal decongestant. Meth is highly addictive. Methylphenidate (ritalin) belong to the non-amphetamine group of stimulants. Due to ritalin's short elimination half-life, rebound symptoms are more common. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal?

Similar medicines: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are both stimulant-class medications commonly used to treat adhd. They both have similar potential side effects but if used as directed are considered to be safe and effective. Encourage you to talk with your doctor further about these medications. ...Read more

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