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Amphetamines and Methamphetamines

Amphetamines are generally found in legal prescription drugs used to treat attention problems in kids and young adults. Common prescriptions such as Adderall contain amphetamines. These prescription drugs are sometimes abused and sold on the street. A less pure street version of the drug is often referred to as “speed.”

The dictionary definition of amphetamines is as follows: “A synthetic colorless volatile liquid used medicinally as the white crystalline sulphate, mainly for its stimulant action on the central nervous system, although it also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It can have unpleasant or dangerous side effects and drug dependence can occur; 1-phenyl-2-aminopropane. Formula: C6 H5 CH2 CH(NH2) CH3 (Dictionary.com Unabridged)”

 

What does it look like and how is it taken?

  • The amphetamines found in prescription drugs are taken orally, in pill form, and come in an array of shapes and colors.
  • Methamphetamine, an illegal form of the drug, is usually in the form of a crystalline white powder that is odorless and bitter-tasting. In some instances methamphetamines however, can be brown, yellowish gray, orange or pink. It can also be taken in pill form. Crystal meth, a type of methamphetamine, comes in clear, chunky crystals. Methamphetamines can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally.

 

Illegal or Legal?Dangers of Adderall Amphetamine abuse

Most forms of amphetamines on the street are legal with a prescription, with the exception of methamphetamine which is illegal. Amphetamines can be found in the following prescription drugs:

  • Adderall, Adderall XR, Dexedrine, ProCentra, Dextrostat, Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Focalin, Strattera, Didrex
  • Street names for illegal amphetamines include: speed, bennies, eye openers, amped, uppers, pick me ups, black mollies

Prescription drug abuse is a serious subject. To learn more about this, click here read uVera Diagnostics’ blog about  The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse Part 1 and Part 2.

 

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Why are amphetamines taken?

As mentioned, legal prescriptions drug Amphetamines are used to treat attention problems in kids and young adults.
Amphetamines are taken illegally, as Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth), because they provide their users with feelings of exhilaration, excitement and euphoria. Amphetamines often bestow a feeling of superiority and make their users feel good and powerful, thus leading to increased confidence. They increase energy and alertness. Users can easily become addicted and develop tolerance to the drug, which leads them to take it in higher doses to achieve the same “high.”

 

Dangers of Drug Abuse

Dangers and side effects

Amphetamines and methamphetamine are structurally very different even though they are both central nervous system stimulants. They both have dangers. Some users think amphetamines are safe to take because they are prescribed by doctors, however, amphetamines are dangerous when taken without the diagnosis and supervision of physicians.

Regular use, or high doses of amphetamines, can cause seizures, stroke, heart attack, coma or even death. The danger of use increases when taken by a person with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure and those who take antidepressants.

Abuse of amphetamines can cause addiction and can lead to declining physical health and permanent brain damage. When amphetamines are combined with alcohol, the dangers include heart attack, stroke and binge drinking which comes with its own risks.

  • Short term side effects of amphetamines include: Paranoia, increased body temperature, agitation or hostility, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, decreased appetite, dry mouth, dehydration, dilated pupils, increased activity and talkativeness, twitching, nausea and vomiting.
  • Long term side effects include: Toxic psychosis (mimics schizophrenia), mental disorders, physiological disorders, behavioral disorders, malnutrition, loss of coordination, pale skin, rotting teeth, stomach ulcers, weakness, trouble breathing, seizures, coma and death.

 

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Drug Testing for Amphetamines and Methamphetamines

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This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a physician for more information and specifics. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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