Amphetamines are stimulants that work in the central nervous system to increase heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing appetite. They are used to treat narcolepsy, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and as an appetite suppressant, but they are highly addictive, so using more of them for longer than prescribed can lead to addiction. Amphetamines have many potential side effects, some of which can be dangerous if care is not used when taking them.
Amphetamine Side Effects
Because amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system, they can cause a variety of side effects. Dosages of these drugs change over time, especially due to growth in children. When they are taken according to a doctor’s direction, some side effects diminish over time. If you or a loved one uses amphetamines to treat ADHD or narcolepsy, then seek your doctor right away if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Increased blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
Some amphetamine side effects can be life threatening, so stop using amphetamines and call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Fast, pounding or uneven heartbeats
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Increased blood pressure that leads to blurred vision, severe headache, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness or seizure
- Tremor, hallucinations, unusual behavior or motor tics
These drugs are dangerous, so seek help immediately to address any problems you have with them.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
Amphetamines are highly addictive, so long-term use may lead to dependence. Get help if you or a loved one uses amphetamines and notices any of the following symptoms of addiction:
- Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
- Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
- Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- Going into debt to get the drug
- “Doctor shopping” for new prescriptions for the drug
- Becoming more involved in the drug culture
- Engaging in illegal or dangerous behaviors while under the influence of the drug
Professional help can train amphetamine addicts to get and stay clean.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamines can be an important part of treatment for ADHD or narcolepsy, but using the drugs in ways other than prescribed can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with amphetamine addiction, we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.