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Do Any Legitimate Uses For Methamphetamine Exist
Many ways effect: Shortness of breath, decreased appetite, irregular heart beat and high blood pressure, increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, extreme weight loss, insomnia, confusion, irritability, anxiety and violent behavior, psychotic effects, including paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping under the skin). ...Read more
Yes: Any stimulant, and even the hormones we produce ourselves under stress (adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine) can cause the release of white blood cells from the walls of our blood vessels. This occurs with cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and can even happen when prescription stimulants are used. It is a sign that the drug is having adverse effects on your body. Stop - get help if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Mrsa is a highly resistant staph bacteria. Anyone can become infected with this. Drugs that lower your immune system, drugs that lower your inhibitions or motivations, for example to take care of yourself, can lead to infections. So taking meth itself is not going to cause mrsa, but taking meth can trigger situations of poor hygiene, close contact with others, which can cause mrsa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably the same...: Probably the same as on other organs: ischemic damage from constriction of blood vessels causing poor blood flow. Ischemia causes great abdominal pain in the intestines, like patients who have mesenteric ischemia but aren't meth users. Recurrently choking off the blood supply to the intestines will cause poor gut function. ...Read more
Prob screening test: Many chemicals, including common cold remedies like sudafed, afrin and neosynephrine can show up as a positive amphetamine test on the initial screen. However, confirmatory tests (which are way more sophisticated and expensive) can tell the difference. Same is true with methamphetamine. You need to make sure there was a confirmatory test and chain-of-custody of the specimen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: "meth mouth" is caused by a combination of grinding teeth, dry mouth, bad oral hygiene, and increased sugared soda intake, all of which are side effects of methamphetamine addiction. Meth, like all "uppers" makes the body edgy and tight. The cost of prison dental care has exploded since meth became common. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/body/. ...Read more
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