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A stimulant and a medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Also called:

  • Banshee dust

  • Burst

  • Ching

  • Ethylphenidate

  • Evoke

  • Fake cocaine

  • Gogaine

  • Methylnaphthidate

  • Nopaine

  • Posh

  • Propylphenidate

  • Ritalin

What does it look like?

Methylphenidate-based drugs are sold as powders, crystals, pellets and tablets. The powders and crystals tend to be white or off-white in colour, while the pellets and tablets can be different colours. Methylphenidate is a prescription only medicine that comes as yellow, grey and white tablets and as capsules which can be half green, half white or half blue, half white or half brown, half white or half lilac, half white, or half light grey, half purple, or half grey, half purple, or lilac.

Physical health risks

  • Methylphenidate and methylphenidate-based drugs can put a strain on your heart and nervous system, increasing your heart rate and blood pressure. This can be extremely dangerous, even fatal, especially if you have a pre-existing heart problem.

  • When using a methylphenidate-based drug, you may give your immune system a battering so you might get more colds, flu and sore throats. You may also feel quite low for a while after you’ve stopped using them.

  • Ethylphenidate use has been associated with an increased heart rate and raised blood pressure and bizarre and violent behaviour. Injecting ethylphenidate has been associated with a loss of fine motor control.

  • Injecting any drug can do nasty damage to your veins and arteries, and has been known to lead to gangrene (death of body tissue, usually a finger, toe or a limb) and to infections. There are also risks involved in sharing needles, syringes and other equipment involved in injecting that are well-known – it puts you, and others, in danger of serious infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

Mental health risks

Stimulant drugs, like methylphenidate and the methylphenidate-based drugs, can make you feel overconfident and disinhibited, induce feelings of anxiety, panic, confusion, paranoia, and even cause psychosis, which can lead you to put your own safety at risk. Methylphenidate use has been associated with anxiety, restlessness, paranoia, visual disturbances, bizarre and violent behavior.

What is methylphenidate cut with?

Testing has found that methylphenidate has been mixed with other substances including 5-MeO-DALT, 2-aminoindane, ephedrine, caffeine and lidocaine. Some of these substances are also stimulants or mimic some of the non-stimulant effects of stimulants, such as lidocaine which has the same numbing effect as Cocaine It is reasonable to assume that other methylphenidate-based drugs may be mixed with the same or similar substances.

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