Amphetamines are prescription drugs that help with impulse control used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are often abused by students and workers wanting to increase their productivity.
Tolerance builds quickly with amphetamines, and an increasing amount of the drug becomes necessary for the user to experience the desired effect. This is one reason that the drug is abused. Abuse typically begins slowly, with an abuser gradually altering the drug prescription. By increasing the dosage of the drug, users are also able to develop a more euphoric feeling when under its effect.
Additionally, there are intense withdrawal symptoms that may occur when ending amphetamine use that can drive a user back to the drug. Not surprisingly, there are many substances that do not mix well with amphetamines, and it is recommended that the drugs are not used in conjunction with one another.
Amphetamine Drug Interactions
Dangerous complications can occur when amphetamines are combined with a number of other substances, including the following:
- Fluoxetine drugs such as Cymbalta, Effexor XR, Lexapro and Prozac – Extreme jitteriness, racing thoughts, stomach cramps, dry eyes, palpitations, tremors and restlessness are some common side effects that have followed just a single dose of a fluoxetine drug for patients who have also taken a previous dose of amphetamines. With this drug combination, there is also the additional risk of serotonin syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal condition.
- Nexium – Nexium can affect the release rate of forms of amphetamines that are intended for extended-release and should be closely monitored.
- Alcohol – As with many prescription drugs, alcohol use is not recommended when using amphetamines. It has been shown to increase the effect of the drug when the two substances are used together, which can lead to adverse effects on the cardiovascular system.
Where to Find Help for Amphetamine Abuse
Due to its addictive nature, amphetamine abuse should not be taken lightly, particularly when combined with other substances such as alcohol. If you suspect that you or someone you love is addicted to amphetamines, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions.