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What is the difference between methamphetamine and the amphetamines prescribed as ADHD medications?

What is the difference between methamphetamine and the amphetamines prescribed as ADHD medications?

Chemistry: Methamphetamine has a slightly different molecular structure than dextroamphetamine. Although methamphetamine can help treat adhd, Dextroamphetamine is safe, while methamphetamine is dangerous. ...Read more

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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Why do so many people with ADHD have problems with cocaine, meth and sex addiction?

Why do so many people with ADHD have problems with cocaine, meth and sex addiction?

ADD: The drug issue is believed to be, in part, a self medication. Meth and Cocaine are of the family of medications, psychostimulants, that are used for treating add. In fact, meth- methamphetamine, is called desoxyn, as a name brand pharmaceutical used as an rx for add. The sex addiction, as well as risk taking activities in general, seem to act as stimulants, probably by adrenaline release. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering how bad is adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for your body? I read an article about how it is similar to Meth. I'm really worried now. Any safe adhd meds?

Hi I was wondering how bad is adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for your body? I read an article about how it is similar to Meth. I'm really worried now. Any safe adhd meds?

Adderall: amphetamine: Med for ADHD. It has demonstrated safety and efficacy when used as prescribed for ADHD with good evaluation and careful monitoring. All meds have potential side effects and some people may not tolerate them. Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, chalk, ice) is chemically similar to amphetamine and extremely addictive. Strattera, (atomoxetine) Intuniv, Kapvay and Ritalin are also meds for ADHD. Best regards for health ...Read more

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Can explain what's is the difference between smoking meth and inject meth? Is there any difference on the urine? How long will the urine clear?

Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine's elimination half-life is around 10 hours, and it's detectable in your urine for 1-4 days. It will remain detectable in your hair follicles for up to 90 days. It stays in your system longer when injected than smoked. The drug is extremely dangerous no matter how it's used -- you risk heart attack and stroke even when young. Very addictive too. Please stay away from it. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell the difference between crack and meth just from the smell of the second-hand smoke?

Is there a way to tell the difference between crack and meth just from the smell of the second-hand smoke?

Doesn't Matter: Both of these are illegal and devastating to families and communities. Stay away from it; don't let it be around you or your family ever! ...Read more

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I was prescribed celexa&metoprolol to help my depression&anxiety. I've been trying to stay off crystal meth&what would happen if I mixed these drugs?

I was prescribed celexa&metoprolol to help my depression&anxiety. I've been trying to stay off crystal meth&what would happen if I mixed these drugs?

Safe: Its fine to take the two, just take them as prescribed. If you haven't already started the citalopram then you could have some side effects the first week or so but they shouldn't be bad, maybe a little headache, upset stomach or just feeling off for a few days. You need to watch the opiate use, are you taking all those at the same time? ...Read more

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What could cause me to test positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine on a urine drug test that was confirmed using gc-ms when I do NOT use drugs?

What DO you take?: Someone else's specimen may have been mislabeled as yours. Or, you may be taking a medication that is "cross-reactive" with amphetamines and caused a false-positive result. Labs usually include such cautionary information in their reports. Go over the lab report and your meds with the ordering physician. ...Read more

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What's the difference in withdrawl symptoms between heroin, meth, and painkillers?

What's the difference in withdrawl symptoms between heroin, meth, and painkillers?

Meth vs heroin: Meth withdrawal most prominent early symptoms is profound depression, yawning and often suiciidal thought from the rapid drop of Dopamine in brain. Heroin and pain killers have pronounced physical symptom of muscle pain, yawning, diarrhea, cold intokerance with sweating runny nose and abdominal cramps beginning around 24 hours of last dose and worsening at 48 hours. A person becomes incapacitated. ...Read more

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After shot meth for 2weeks arms start getn skinny you can tell a difference in the size before after from bend down very skinny. What could cause this?

Methamphetamine: Is destructive to your body and its functioning. You run the immediate risk of stroke and death by using it. Long term it can cause extreme weight loss. Http://tinyurl. Com/975jzbx. ...Read more

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I recently took a preemployment drug test and failed for amphetamines& methamphetamines. I am wondering if it's possible my results are false positive?

Did you take them?: If you didn't take any amphetamines I would say there is a false test. The fact that you are asking this question suggests you are looking for an excuse for you to abuse pills. Own up to your problem and get help. Looking for excusing is looking for someone to help enable your downhill course into addiction and abuse. You should tell whoever is testing all your prescribed and OTC medications. ...Read more

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How do amphetamines work? I know my Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) contains them, but Meth also has amphetamine in it. I was curious what the difference was?

In a nut shell: They work by increasing the dopamine in the nerve synapses. Amphetamines like Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) contain a set amount of medication. Meth is illegal and as it is not made in a commercial lab the quality and strength is variable. Stick with your Vyvance it the safer alternative ...Read more

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Is it true that on a drug test Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is the same as methamphetamine?

Is it true that on a drug test Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is the same as methamphetamine?

Yes and no: Adderal is mixed amphetamine salts, and most screening tests only look for amphetamine, so both methamphetamine and adderal will show the same. However, on definitive tests (chromatography, mass spect and others) the difference between methamphetamine and amphetamine salts can be shown in most people. ...Read more

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What kind of prescription medicine could show up as meth in a drug test? .

Depends: If by "meth" you are referring to amphetamines, there are a number of prescriptions legitimately in use that are amphetamines. These include certain, but not all medication used for adhd, and appetite suppressants. If you are referring to "crystal meth" that too will be picked up by all screens testing for amphetamines. ...Read more

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My son in law does not use drugs of any kind. He just took a hair follicle test that came back positive for Meth. They said his level was 864?

Positive results: There are some prescription diet pills that contain either amphetamine or methamphetamine, Parkinson’s Disease treatment can be a form of methamphetamine. Some doctors prescribe amphetamines for ADHD. Ecstasy is included in the amphetamine class of drugs. These are the possibilities for false positives. If the screen came back positive at 864, he has meth in system. ...Read more

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I am prescribed 70 mg Vyvanse, 20 mg celexa, and 150 mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) 2x daily. The new Dr. I have seen says I test positive for meth. DON'T USE METH EVER?

I am prescribed 70 mg Vyvanse, 20 mg celexa, and 150 mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) 2x daily. The new Dr. I have seen says I test positive for meth. DON'T USE METH EVER?

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) shows up: As amphetamine in urine screens. It's often written on a lab report as "amphetamines/methamphetamines" with a positive result's being above a certain cut-off number. You're on the maximum adult daily dose of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Please seek referral to a psychiatrist who knows its potential for drug interactions with Celexa & WB & is familiar with interpreting drug screen reports. ...Read more

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What medication will cause u to test positive for meth use?

What medication will cause u to test positive for meth use?

Several!: Alpha Methyldopa and Clonidine can cause false-positive urine drug tests for methamphetamines; so can nasal decongestants, ritalin, various cold remedies containing ephedra compounds. ...Read more

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How to cleanse my system from using meth? Or what medications to take to eliminate it instantly?

How to cleanse my system from using meth? Or what medications to take to eliminate it instantly?

"Instantly"? Not.: There is no way to "instantly" cleanse your system from using meth. Only way is to allow your body to process this, stop using, and stay clean. Again, crystal meth anonymous is a start in getting help with this extremely dangerous and addictive substance. Http://www. Crystalmeth. Org/ further use will continue showing up on drug screens, and can eventually kill you. I hope you hear me. ...Read more

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Is there a med. That has same molicule as meth that shows up on drug screen drug screen pos.?

Is there a med. That has same molicule as meth that shows up on drug screen drug screen pos.?

There Are Many: There are many substances that can give a false positive result on routine a routine drug screen for methamphetamine. Here are some: bupropion, desipramine, any cold remedy obtaining Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or pseudephedrine, and adderall. If one suspects a false positive ask for a true drug test and not just a screen. ...Read more

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Does pseudoephedrine come up as meth on a drug screen?

Meth: Yes, there can be false positive results for meth or stimulants. ...Read more

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How long will literally one hit of meth show up in a lab urine drug screen?

Wrong question.: It is illegal to use methamphetamine, and it is unethical for doctors to tell patients how to pass drug tests. If you can't afford to fail a drug test you can't afford to use methamphetamine. That notwithstanding there isn't a dirtier drug you could choose with greater risks associated with use. Just don't. And don't expect a any ethical doctor to help you do anything but quit. Please get help. ...Read more

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Could I come out positive for meth if they swab my hand for an ion drug test?

Could I come out positive for meth if they swab my hand for an ion drug test?

Sure: An ION drug test is a screening test. Like any kind of test, anybody's result can be positive or be negative. A person who tests positive is a true positive if she has the substance, but is a false positive if she has none of the substance. The technology can be helpful in other settings, such as screening passengers and cargo at airports for drugs and explosives. ...Read more

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This lady I know got pregnant and quit meth, in her second trimester she had a brief relapse with the drug, will the baby be ok?

Meth: Meth use in pregnancy is bad - both mom and fetus are at risk. BP, decreased placenta blood flow are major issues. Fetal death, premature delivery, behavioral issues in the baby are problematic. Fetal stroke can happen due to reduced blood flow and high bp. ...Read more

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Iv been using meth for a year now and I've not had a period in 4 months and est ever month is it the drug or, could I really be pregnant?

Iv been using meth for a year now and I've not had a period in 4 months and est ever month is it the drug or, could I really be pregnant?

Rule out pregnancy: If pregnancy is possible in your case, then it needs first to be ruled out before blaming anything else. You may buy a pregnancy test kit- an easy and affordable way. ...Read more

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I've experimented with every drug except for pcp my major 2 are heroin and meth amphetamine which I inject so what problems will I be facing?

I've experimented with every drug except for pcp my major 2 are heroin and meth amphetamine which I inject so what problems will I be facing?

You Know the answer: The bottom line is that the chances of you surviving even for a few years is quite diminished if you continue on this pathway.
Sudden death is not unusual in people using the drugs that you describe. It is also very difficult to stop these drugs on your own for physical and mental reasons. You need specialized medical and psychiatric help. You must know that there are program available to help you. ...Read more

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I relapsed using meth got a urine drug test at pain clinic it's been 72 hours I got a detox called flush out will it work or can I be clean?

I relapsed using meth got a urine drug test at pain clinic it's been 72 hours I got a detox called flush out will it work or can I be clean?

No: The people who sold you "Flush" are laughing all the way to the bank. They know you won't sue for being defrauded with this phony product, because you'd have to tell the world you're a meth user. Please stop doing this. You were given other warnings about other drugs that aren't true, but the dangers of meth haven't been exaggerated. The meth users I've autopsied do try to claw off their flesh. ...Read more

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I overdosed many times on meth and cocaine from 2009-2011. Ever since, I get panic attacks during sleep. I quit drugs in 2011. Are they related?

I overdosed many times on meth and cocaine from 2009-2011. Ever since, I get panic attacks during sleep. I quit drugs in 2011. Are they related?

Could be related: After experiencing a near death experience multiple times you may have primed your body to be hypervigilant in the evenings. You may need to work with a therapist and psychiatrist about this. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Two weeks ago, I used marijuana pills. About a week ago, I used meth over a day period repeatedly. My drug test is in 4 days. Will it show up on it?

Two weeks ago, I used marijuana pills. About a week ago, I used meth over a day period repeatedly. My drug test is in 4 days. Will it show up on it?

Substance abuse: It sounds like you have a serious problem with substance abuse. Please see an addiction medicine physician about this. You can find one through the american society of addiction medicine: http://www. Asam. Org/ I don't know if your drug test will be positive or not, because I don't know if you will use again or not. ...Read more

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If you have never used meth before and used 1 time by smoking. 30 days after that will it show up on a hair follicle drug test? Just from the one time

If you have never used meth before and used 1 time by smoking. 30 days after that will it show up on a hair follicle drug test? Just from the one time

Hair Testing: Yes. Absolutely. Once hair is made it will remain testable until it is cut off. Drugs in hair do not dissipate. ...Read more

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My ex has been smoking meth for a while. Never touched a drug besides alcohol ever. If its been on her skin and mouth how long does it stay. Test fri.

My ex has been smoking meth for a while. Never touched a drug besides alcohol ever. If its been on her skin and mouth how long does it stay. Test fri.

If you didn't ingest: Methamphetamine, the amount that made be transferred through skin (which is essentially zero) or through kissing (which is close to zero) shouldn't result in a positive urine test. If you have depression, and are "blacking out" (losing consciousness?) you should seek medical attention for the cause and treatment. Having a methamphetamine user in your life isn't helping either, I imagine. ...Read more

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How to pass a oral drug test if you done meth?

How to pass a oral drug test if you done meth?

You can hope: You can hope that it doesn't show up. More important, it's important that you stop doing "meth". It is treacherous, and can take control of your life and everything that you cherish. The stories about meth users ripping the flesh from their bones before they die are true. Somebody loves you. Do the right thing, if not for your own sake then for theirs. ...Read more

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Can taking psuedephedrine show up as meth in a drug test?

Yes, but only in: Screening tests, not in confirmatory tests. It does not show up as methamphetamine but rather as amphetamine itself. Confirmatory tests (gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy and others) can definitively determine whether there is methamphetamine or amphetamine and differentiate it from pseudoephedrine, but the screening tests cannot. ...Read more

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more