What are amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs which are designed to speed up the central nervous system. They are legally available as prescription medication, used primarily to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. The most well-known example of a medical amphetamine is Ritalin, which is generally thought to be safe and effective when used as prescribed.
However, these medications can have some disturbing side effects, including anxiety, dizziness and gastrointestinal problems. They can also lead to amphetamine addiction, and for this reason the distribution of these medications is strictly controlled.
Amphetamines produced in illegal laboratories carry additional risks. They are often mixed with a variety of low-grade substances that are considered poisonous to humans. A user can never be entirely sure of what he or she is taking or what the consequences will be. The drugs can have unexpected effects, and in some cases, be fatal after just one dose.
Amphetamines are taken in a variety of ways: orally, intravenously, or through smoking or inhalation. The nature and intensity of effects can vary depending on how the drugs are taken.
What are the effects and dangers of amphetamine addiction?
Many people who take amphetamines illegally do so because of the drug’s awakening effects. Users feel more alert and energetic than usual. They have an inflated sense of confidence that can turn into feelings superiority over others. They are talkative and restless – observers might describe them as “wired” or “jittery”. Some users experience unpredictable mood swings, and they may be physically or verbally aggressive. In some cases, they experience symptoms of amphetamine psychosis, including hallucinations and paranoia.
Because of the stimulant effects on the nervous system, this class of drugs can create a dangerous strain on the body. The risks include erratic cardiac activity, high blood pressure, headaches, blurred vision, loss of coordination and collapse.
An added danger is that many people who use amphetamines also use other substances, and the resulting interactions can have dangerous, sometimes fatal, consequences.
Where can I go for amphetamine addiction help?
Unlike some drugs, which have damaging effects that build up over a period of time, amphetamines can become harmful very quickly. It is important that people with an amphetamine addiction receive help as quickly as possible.
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