Amphetamines are stimulant prescription drugs that are used for treatment of ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system by increasing certain chemicals in the brain. Some common brand names for amphetamines are Adderal, Concerta, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Dextrostat. Amphetamines are also commonly referred to as “the study drug” and are increasingly popular with college students. No matter what the perceived benefits, the fact remains that amphetamine abuse is a real problem with real consequences.

Amphetamines can be given orally, can be snorted or injected intravenously. Symptoms of use will show up immediately if it is injected, within 3-5 minutes if snorted and within 15-20 minutes if ingested. Those who find themselves struggling to stop taking amphetamines or have tried similar drugs like methamphetamines should call i-Kare Treatment Center today and learn more about why getting help is such a great idea.

Why are Amphetamines Addictive?

Amphetamines cause the user to be more alert, aware, untired, and for users to have high levels of energy. College students are known to abuse this drug for the “studying through the night” effects, while others enjoy the speeding type feeling that this drug causes so they can stay up later with more energy.

Amphetamine has addiction-forming effects. Withdrawals from these drugs occur once you abruptly stop the medication after taking daily for an extended period of time. Withdrawal from amphetamines can cause extreme irritability and high levels of anxiety. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is important to stop taking the medication gradually.

Signs of Amphetamine Addiction (Short Term):

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Increased body temperature
  • Rapid breathing
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Little to no appetite
  • Clenching of jaw
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth

Signs of Amphetamine Abuse (Long Term):

  • Paranoia
  • High levels of irritability
  • Hostility
  • Aggressiveness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular system failure
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heart-beat
  • Malnutrition
  • Psychosis

Health Concerns Related with Amphetamine Addiction or Abuse:

Many of these conditions are serious and should be considered serious health risks. It is often assumed when a physician prescribes medications, the medication will not be harmful. This is not the case with many prescribed drugs. There are many dangers associated with prescription drugs when misuse occurs so it’s important to get help right away when you realize that abuse is becoming a problem. Call i-Kare Treatment Center right now and get in touch with someone who can help you turn your life around once and for all!

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