Amphetamines act as a stimulant, increasing the activity of chemicals in the brain. There are different types of amphetamines, including those prescribed by a doctor for medical conditions and illegal forms like speed or meth.
Amphetamines that are prescribed by a doctor can treat a number of conditions, including ADHD, narcolepsy, and obesity. However, if abused, these drugs can be harmful.
Patients Should Not Take Amphetamines Without a Doctor’s Prescription
For patients who suffer from ADD or ADHD, properly prescribed amphetamines such as Adderall or Ritalin can be safe and effective, offering relief from disabling symptoms. However, large doses of these drugs can cause complications.
That’s because amphetamines can directly affect a person’s mood, energy levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. They can also damage the brain if they are abused over a long period of time, causing a person to experience memory loss, confusion, and paranoia. It’s for this reason that these drugs are strictly controlled and should not be used recreationally.
Call the Missouri Poison Center if You or Someone You Love Has Misused a Drug
If you or someone close to you is misusing a prescribed amphetamine, or if you have questions about safe usage, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Our specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and medical toxicologist can give you potentially life-saving information.