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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Amphetamine Street Names And Other Basic Information

Amphetamine is a drug that is considered as a stimulant. It also suppresses one’s appetite. It increases the level of chemicals in the body that would result to the nerves and brains getting stimulated. This would then lead to a higher heart rate and a lower blood pressure. Amphetamine is commonly used as a treatment for ADHD or attention deficit disorder in kids.

Amphetamine Street Names

Amphetamine has a lot of street names; two of the most common ones are “uppers” and “speed”. These two are derived from the effect that you could get from the drug if you take it without having ADHD. Some of the other street names are hearts, leapers, amp, crisscross, sweets, pep pills, eye openers, wake ups, snap, etc.

The amphetamine street names may vary, depending on each area. Some areas may have other terms used as slang for amphetamine while others may simply use the two common names. Most amphetamine street names, however, would have some kind of relation to a “rush” or a sudden burst of energy because that is what this drug provides.

What You Need to Know About Amphetamine

Like other types of drugs, you need to consult a doctor first about taking amphetamine as a treatment for ADHD because you may have another condition that would not allow you to take the drug. Most conditions that would prohibit you to take amphetamine are high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, arteriosclerosis, etc.

It is also important that you to tell your doctor if you have any history of diabetes, anxiety disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, alcohol or drug abuse, etc. Your doctor will need to know these things so he can assess whether you are fit to take amphetamines or not. He may also just limit the dosage that you would be prescribed to take, depending on what condition you have.

Your doctor would tell you how to take amphetamines. Be sure that you understand these directions to avoid overdose, underdose, etc. Also, avoid taking this at night as it may cause insomnia. Remember that this is a stimulant, or an “upper”, as they say. It will keep you up for a few hours so it would be best to take this in the morning.

Take note that this drug can be very addictive. This is why you should not take more than what is prescribed. You may end up physically or even psychologically dependent on this drug if you take too much. You may also experience withdrawal effects if you suddenly stop your intake of “speed”. Your doctor would probably advise you to stop it gradually instead of abruptly. Make sure you discuss this with your doctor.

Overdosing on “uppers” would usually cause overstimulation. This includes an increase in your breathing rate, restlessness, dizziness, vomiting, aggressiveness, etc. It’s best to avoid these by not taking double doses, even if you missed one. Just wait for your next scheduled dosage. If you do overdose, contact your doctor immediately.

Because of the effects that “uppers” are known to cause, it would be best not to do anything risky or dangerous while you’re under medication. Avoid operating heavy machines, driving, etc.

Side Effects That Amphetamine May Cause

“Speed” may cause a lot of side effects. If you experience any of this, it would be best to tell your doctor immediately so your dosage can be decreased. Your doctor may also just take you off the drug all together and give you another prescription.
The most common side effects of amphetamine include hallucinations, tremors, insomnia, diarrhea, headache, allergic reactions, etc.

Amphetamine Addiction

Unfortunately, because of the effects that “uppers” are able to provide, a lot of people are getting addicted to it. The symptoms that would indicate that one is getting addicted include euphoria, weight loss because of decreased appetite, hallucinations, mood swings, etc.

Most of those who get addicted to amphetamine are between 12 to 25 years of age, have abused other drugs or alcohol before, have dependency issues, etc. If one does get addicted to “uppers”, relationships, work or school, and other important parts of life would be affected. It would be best to get an addict treated as soon as possible to avoid any further damages to his life.

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