Amphetamine Risks Overview

Amphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system by increasing certain chemicals in the body. This enhances wakefulness and focus; it also decreases appetite, among other effects. It was once used for weight control, but now it is prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), symptoms of traumatic brain injury, the drowsy symptoms of narcolepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

Information You Should Know Before Taking Amphetamine

You should not take amphetamine if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Glaucoma

You should also not take amphetamine if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as Marplan, Parnate, or Nardil in the last fourteen days. Do not take amphetamine if you have a history of addiction to drugs or alcohol.

If you have one of the following conditions, you not be able to take amphetamine, or you may require monitoring or a dosage adjustment:

  • An anxiety disorder
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Motor or phonic tics
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Diabetes

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant, because the problems amphetamine could cause an unborn baby are unknown. Also, consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding, because amphetamine could pass into the breast milk harm your baby.

Risks of Amphetamine Use

As with taking any drug, there are many risks associated with amphetamine.

While taking amphetamine you may experience effects such as dizziness, blurred vision or restlessness, and it may hide the symptoms of extreme tiredness. These effects could impair your judgment and ability to react, so you should use caution while driving, operating machinery, or performing other activities that could potentially be hazardous.

Amphetamine is a habit-forming drug. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication. If you stop taking it suddenly, you will experience withdrawal effects that can be unpleasant. Talk to your doctor about stopping amphetamine use gradually.

Side Effects of Amphetamine

Stop use and seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects of amphetamine:

  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Very high blood pressure
  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Irregular behavior
  • Confusion

Please seek help immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction to amphetamine:

  • Constricted breathing
  • Closing of the throat
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
  • Hives

Contact your doctor if the following general side effects occur:

  • Restlessness or tremor
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Impotence or changes in sex drive

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