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Are amphetamines addictive?

Are amphetamines addictive?

Yes: And they can have serious, life-threatening side effects. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If you feel you are addicted, you should get help right away. ...Read more

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Amphetamine (Definition)

A psychostimulant, controlled drug schedule ii, with abuse potential. It acts to enhance Dopamine and norepinephrine in the body, including the brain. It can decrease appetite- was used as a diet pill, treat narcolepsy and adhd, pathological fatigue, sea sickness. Derived from ephedra plant ...Read more


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Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) have addictive properties?

Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) have addictive properties?

Yes: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is considered a schedule 2 controlled substance because it can be abused and have addictive properties. However when properly prescribed, used and monitored it is a safe medication ...Read more

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Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Of course...: Anything that can cause a mental “change in state”, will be used or abused by someone to achieve a brain change. Some substances, like alcohol, cause a reliable change in state that is similar from person to person. Other substances, like propoxyphene, produced a more unreliable change & only at higher, more dangerous doses. Also, it's not available in usa anymore. ...Read more

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Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Course of addiction : Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thus reinforcing. As tolerance for the drug's effects develop, people take more of the drug in hope of obtaining the same high feeling. Physical dependence occurs and the drug is taken no longer to get high but to try to feel normal & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication, and can be habituating -- resulting in tolerance. Although most people prescribed this for adhd do not use it in an addictive pattern, it can be used that way. By "addictive, " i mean using to get high, despite clear harm in important areas of life like work, school, and relationships -- and spending inordinate amount of time pursuing the substance, etc. ...Read more

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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) reverse bradycardia?

Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) reverse bradycardia?

Bradycardia: It would be important to know what the reason for the bradycardia is first. The Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) being an amphetamine could raise the pulse rate but may not have any effect in certain heart conditions. It is not considered to be used for treatment of slow heart rate. ...Read more

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Does anybody feel Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) euphoria?

Does anybody feel Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) euphoria?

Yes: This is not a good sign. It probably means that you don't have add and should not take. Have a re-eval of the reasons for taking. ...Read more

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Is methylphenidate addictive?

Is methylphenidate addictive?

Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medication is very effective. However, this medication, like many others in its class, can be addictive if not used appropriately. The addiction is both physiologic and psychologic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are amphetamine and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) addictive?

Can you tell me are amphetamine and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) addictive?

Dont like expression: "addictive" drugs. Drugs CANNOT cause addiction - they can have the POTENTIAL to cause physical dependency AND addiction, but that requires the active participation of the user. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) IS amphetamine salts - they aren't different substances. For most people taking them, they are helpful drugs that keep them focussed and calm, and cause far more good than harm. In others, not so much. ...Read more

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Taper off Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or stop acutely?

Why stopping?: Not knowing why you want to stop, there is no one correct answer. Please provide more information. In my practice, with my patients, i always recommend tapering Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to avoid amphetamine withdrawals. Many patients stop over the weekends, which i don't advise, and experience withdrawal symptoms. They are generally not dangerous, but can be very troublesome. ...Read more

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Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) addiction and withdrawal. How long would withdrawal last?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) addiction and withdrawal. How long would withdrawal last?

Varies: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (combo of 2 kinds amphetamines) works by increasing norepinephrine & dopamine. The 1/2 life is 12 hours, which means that in 60 hours most of it is gone from the serum. W/drawal symptoms include changes in mood, thinking, blood pressure, GI finctions, and eeg. Taking the right dose and gradually tapering off reduces w/drawal symptoms. High doses/shooting may require medical detox. ...Read more

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Who gets prescribed adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Who gets prescribed adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Attention problems: Very often, kids with attention, concentration, and impulsivity problems get prescribed adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). It's best to have a full learning and psychiatric evaluation before doing that, because these medicines are not free of side effects. Adults with similar problems may also be prescribed adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Other related medicines can help this also, and psychiatrists work with patients to find the the best fit. ...Read more

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Any drug assistance programs for adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Any drug assistance programs for adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Rx assistance progra: You can try to enroll in a state medicaid programme if you have the eligibility.Since it is available as generic there is no programme by drug company to help you out. ...Read more

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Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?

Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?

Benzos and ADHD: This is not a usual combination. Benzodiazepines are antianxiety medications and may cause sedation countering the effect of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If anxiety complicated your adhd or is contributed to by adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine), considering an alternative to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should be discussed with your prescriber. ...Read more

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Could i develop an amphetamine addiction from adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Could i develop an amphetamine addiction from adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Yes, considering: that adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) IS amphetamine. If you have problems using adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) in ways that are not appropriate, you need to talk to the prescribing doctor. There are safer alternatives to treating ADHD, including a variety of psychological treatments, and medications which have less abuse potential like Stratera (atomexitine). ...Read more

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What are the signs that someone is addicted to amphetamines?

What are the signs that someone is addicted to amphetamines?

Overstimulated: Users show signs of hyperactivity and nervous energy. They may talk fast and be unable to focus on one thing for any length of time. Their eyes will show pupil enlargement (dilation) and sensitivity to bright lights. Users will have a rapid heartbeat, dry mouth and increased blood pressure. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is addicted to amphetamines. How can I help her?

Family therapy: Nobody can help an addict, ultimately, except the addict herself. However, family members can do things to help, including letting the person know how much you care about them, and that you want them to live long and healthy lives, which amphetamines are not likely to promote. Go to an alanon meeting for help and support on how you can help yourself-with guilt, shame anger.This can help her too. ...Read more

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Can i try meth once without becoming addicted?

Not a good idea: A percentage of subjects exposed to meth become addicted quickly. ...Read more

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Can there be anything i can do to help a meth addict?

Help yourself: This is a very difficult thing for people with addiction and those who care about them. You need to emotionally protect yourself, and allow them to make their own choices, but to provide opportunities for rehab or 12 step programs like aa or na. ...Read more

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I snorted a line of meth for the first time. Can i addicted just from this?

Yes: Every person addicted to the drug, started off with that first "line" or "hit" or "bump" or "slam" of meth. The initial high is so euphoric and intense, if the stuff is available to you, you will likely try "just one more" and the cycle begins. Once addicted, it will be a lifelong battle to get off of it and to remain sober. Stay strong and avoid it. If you've done it, heed the warning. ...Read more

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A close member of my family is a recovering addict of meth, i think she may be relapsing. What should I do?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon or nar-anon for the families and friends of alcoholics and addicts. ...Read more

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Could i get addicted to meth the first time?

Could i get addicted to meth the first time?

Possibly: It not a sure thing, but there is a possibility you could become addicted from using meth one time, similar to cocaine. ...Read more

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What should I do when you realize you're addicted to meth?

What should I do when you realize you're addicted to meth?

Get HELP now. : Contact your family physician, get referred to an addiction clinic, and get off the junk. Glad you have recognized your problem, and wish more people would do the same. Although not easy, get moving, and you will be relieved how stable all will turn out. ...Read more

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I really need some answers! why are people addicted to meth?

Dopamine: It could be argued that it is a combination of factors including multiple neurotransmitters although most would argue that one of the more important considerations is the increase in Dopamine that the administration of crystal methamphtamines promotes. This increase in Dopamine in the nucleus accumbens produces a reinforcing effect of the behavior of using methamphetamines. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Effects in teenage boy born addicted to meth?

Effects in teenage boy born addicted to meth?

In utero drug expose: Several long term effects of in utero drug exposure. Add, adhd, dyslexia, memory lapse, addition potential, average or below average iq, risk taking behavior etc., etc. ...Read more

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How a recovering meth addict acts after withdrawal?

Please read the article below: www.allaboutaddiction.com/addiction/crystal-meth... Yes, heroin withdrawal can be horrible but quitting meth comes with its own set of withdrawal symptoms that make is anything but easy to quit. ...Read more

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Is it true that someone can become addicted to meth after one try?

Is it true that someone can become addicted to meth after one try?

Yes: Yes even one try is addicted to some people it alters brain wiring in susceptible population - http://learn.Genetics.Utah.Edu/content/addiction/ follow the link to learn more. ...Read more

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I was a recovered meth addict for a year and just recently relapsed i can't seem to find anyways to get energy any ideas so i can stop using?

I was a recovered meth addict for a year and just recently relapsed i can't seem to find anyways to get energy any ideas so i can stop using?

Relapse: Relapse is not unusual, and is often part of the process of recovery. It can be difficult to get through the times after you use meth, because energy does feel depleted along with neurotransmitters being depleted too. I suggest working with an addiction medicine doctor on this problem. There are inpatient programs, and also community help is available at: http://www.Crystalmeth.Org/index.Php. ...Read more

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Do you ever think that a meth addict may be right when they say they hear voices? Ever heard of gang stalking? Do u believe this to be possible?

Wow...: Neither is good. Meth addicts can become psychotic, this may involve hallucinations, break with reality, paranoic & high risk for death and suicide if not treated. Detox or referral to crisis unit is needed. Gang stalking is slang for multiple people harassing following someone. The meth world/dealers and gangs involved in dealing can be quite dangerous. Detox and treatment is a start. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly where are some places that you could go to if addicted to crystal meth?

Can you tell me exactly where are some places that you could go to if addicted to crystal meth?

Several places: I agree with dr. Tripp. There is also crystal meth anonymous: http://www.Crystalmeth.Org/index.Php you can review that site for meetings that are local to you. In some cities, there are also intensive outpatient programs that combine mindfulness training with recovery from chemical dependency. These can be very effective. Support from others is absolutely needed, no matter where you go. ...Read more

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Im a meth addict who shoots up meth. I am now experiancing pain and soreness above the injection site. What is this from?

See below: You possibly have a local infection or local phlebitis, and need to see a doctor asap. At your age, you have a world of possibilities ahead, but you will destroy yourself if you continue meth. You need help now. Get off the crap and change your life. See your doctor today. ...Read more

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