Amphetamine Addication

What is Amphetamine

Decreased Brain Function due to Drug Abuse
Decreased Brain Function due to Drug Abuse
Normal Brain Function
Normal Brain Function

Amphetamine is a stimulant, which produces many effects including increased energy, increased alertness, euphoria and reduced appetite. It stimulates the central nervous system: used chiefly to lift the mood in depressive states and to control the appetite in cases of obesity. It can have unpleasant and dangerous side effects and may lead to drug addiction. Amphetamines are few of the most addictive medication over the counter (OTC) drugs in the market. Many people prefer them as better alternatives to hard drugs, particularly because they are quite cheap and also very accessible.


Effects of Amphetamines

Effects of Amphetamines can be as follows;-

  • Improved energy
  • Ecstasy
  • Declined appetite
  • Amplified concentration
  • Augmented motivation

Side Effects of Amphetamines

Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine Addiction

The most common side effects of Amphetamines are as follows:-

Less common side effects are as follows

  • Increased heart rate / blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature / sweating
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Agitation / irritability
  • Abdominal pain
  • Emotional labiality / mood swings
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Tachycardia
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Twitching
  • Abnormal thought patterns
  • Pupil dilation
  • Palpitations
  • Constipation
  • Impotence / sexual side effects
  • Increased aggressiveness
  • Increase in risk taking behavior
  • Rash
  • Confusion

Signs and Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

Signs and Symptoms of Amphetamine addiction are as follows:-

  • Likely have a lot more energy than normal
  • Need less sleep.
  • A t times may seem extremely excitable or happy.
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings. May act irritably and have mood swings.

Effects of Amphetamine Addiction

Certain Amphetamines such as methamphetamine can cause rapid physical deterioration and users to become violent. Many addicts lose the ability to take care of themselves and their families.

  • Depression
  •  Weight gain
  •  Paranoia
  •  Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Increased body temperature and breathing rate

Treatment of Amphetamine Addiction

Drug rehabilitation is frequently necessary for Amphetamine addicts. Addicts may be administered certain drugs while in rehabilitation or detoxification to help them deal with anxiety or psychosis during the withdrawal period. Sedatives and anti-depressants may be given during treatment.  Counseling, therapy will also be carried out.

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