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Should someone who is depressed take amphetamine?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
In brief: Not on your own
Someone who's depressed needs to consult a primary care or psychiatric physician for full evaluation, before using any medication.
You don't want to miss other medical conditions that could contribute to depression, and amphetamine is not a safe self-treatment. Some psychiatrists may use Ritalin (methylphenidate) off-label, to augment antidepressant effect in people with treatment-resistant depression, though.

In brief: Not on your own
Someone who's depressed needs to consult a primary care or psychiatric physician for full evaluation, before using any medication.
You don't want to miss other medical conditions that could contribute to depression, and amphetamine is not a safe self-treatment. Some psychiatrists may use Ritalin (methylphenidate) off-label, to augment antidepressant effect in people with treatment-resistant depression, though.
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