Amphetamines (also known as speed, ice and crystal) are major stimulants. These drugs often come in tablet, crystal or powder form to be swallowed, snorted or smoked. Amphetamines suppress fatigue and increase alertness, but, once their effects begin to wear off, users may experience anxiety, depression and a risk for suicide. Ultimately, these drugs could affect and/or counteract the medications people use to treat depression, or they could worsen any pre-existing condition. In other words, it is dangerous to combine anti-depressants with amphetamines, so seek professional help if you engage this life-threatening practice.
Effects of Combining Amphetamines with Anti-Depressants
Amphetamines and anti-depressants affect each user differently depending on that person’s drug use and how she administers the substance. When people combine amphetamines and anti-depressants, they may experience any of the following issues:
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Dangerous fluctuations in blood pressure
Amphetamines often interact with other psycho-stimulants and anti-depressants. They interact with psycho-stimulants by amplifying other drugs’ side effects, and this effect greatly increases the risk of overdose. When overdose—or any of the aforementioned side effects—goes unchecked—then permanent organ damage or death may occur. When addicts continue to use drugs despite negative health consequences, then users may induce permanent damage, which means they will suffer from problems that cannot be reversed or treated. This damage could also take months or years before it becomes apparent to medical staff.
Treatment Options for Combining Amphetamines with Anti-Depressants
Each addiction treatment plan has unique approaches and theories to help users get and stay clean. If you abuse amphetamines and anti-depressants at the same time, then consider seeking any of the following treatment methods:
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
Most inpatient treatment facilities are not meant for long-term care. In other words, most inpatient treatment facilities help addicts detox from their drugs of choice while they remain under the constant supervision of medical personnel. During this stage of recovery, addicts also receive medication to ease the pain caused by withdrawal symptoms. Once this stage ends, then addicts can enroll in additional treatment, such as long-term care in a rehab or outpatient treatment facility. Rehab is a continued form of inpatient treatment, which gives addicts continued support through the beginning of sobriety. Outpatient treatment allows addicts to receive treatment while maintaining independent lifestyles, and it often consists of counseling sessions in an office setting.
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