Amphetamines (sometimes called “speed”) are a group of synthetic psychotropic drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. Doctors prescribe them for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and other health conditions.
It is also possible to buy illegal (“street”) amphetamines. Either type can be abused to produce high notes. Amphetamine is extremely addictive when abused.
You may be wondering what effects you might have after taking them. The high concentrations they produce and the side effects they cause depend on many factors, including:
- Exposure to other substances before and during speeding poisoning
- How much do you take
- What do you think of them
- Mental health and well-being
- Past experience of using amphetamine or other drugs
Although everyone or even the same person has different feelings of taking amphetamine at different times, the amphetamine hum has certain characteristics in common.
Taking prescription drugs in unexpected ways is illegal and dangerous—even fatal. Always follow the dosage information provided by the pharmacist and doctor.
Side effects of amphetamine
Amphetamines sometimes cause side effects or reactions beyond the prescribed use. This side effect is why people sometimes abuse these drugs.
For example, athletes and others like speed because it can increase their energy and endurance. Soon after taking amphetamine, users will feel increased alertness and physical strength, which makes them feel:
- Get everything ready
With the increase of energy, amphetamine can prevent drowsiness and normal stages of sleep. This is one of the reasons why speed is popular among people who usually need to stay awake when they are asleep, such as night workers and long-distance truck drivers.
It is also attractive for party participants who want to stay awake or alert at night for entertainment reasons, such as dancing in a club or partying until early morning.
Frequent abuse of amphetamine or amphetamine drugs can cause severe sleep deprivation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, lack of sleep can affect the body’s dopamine receptors, which can increase impulse and drug use.
Decline in mental performance
Unfortunately, when you use amphetamines for a long time and when you use amphetamines during the time you would normally sleep, interference with sleep can become a problem.
Students sometimes use speed to study for exams. Although able to increase energy and concentration, amphetamines have complex effects on cognitive processing and can actually cause deterioration of mental performance.
Sleep plays a vital role in consolidating memory, so lack of sleep can adversely affect learning and the ability to form new memories.
Stressful speech, or a tendency to speak in rapid speech patterns, can sometimes be a symptom of a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, it is also often associated with the use of certain drugs, including amphetamines.
Although amphetamine users generally believe that speed can improve their social and psychological functions, studies have shown that amphetamine accelerates speech at the expense of accuracy. Sometimes, people taking amphetamines may be socially annoying. They may chatter non-stop and cannot have a normal conversation because they cannot listen to others.
Mood swings and anxiety
The most compelling reason people take amphetamine may be the temporary high emotions they often experience. The other side of this kind of good mood is that depression often leads to an increase in “collapse” and depression, so if you are already depressed, amphetamine is not a good solution.
Taking amphetamine when you are in a bad mood may only make you irritable and/or anxious. Amphetamines sometimes cause chronic fatigue and paranoia or delusions.
Abuse of these drugs can also lead to amphetamine-induced psychosis, especially when they are abused for a long time or in large doses.
Prescription amphetamines usually come in the form of pills. Illegal amphetamines may also be powders, crystals or liquids. Abuse of amphetamines can include ingesting them in a variety of ways, including:
- Crush and snoring
- Dissolve in water and inject with a needle
- Smoking in a glass tube
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 1 million people abuse prescription stimulants each year. Among them, nearly 370,000 people are between 12 and 17 years old.
When amphetamine is taken longer than expected or in higher doses, it increases the risk of addiction. Over time, your body may develop tolerance to the drug, which means you need a higher dose to achieve the same effect. It also increases the risk of dependence, which means that if you stop taking the drug, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
Amphetamines can be addictive, but behavioral therapy can be used to help you quit smoking. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor.