Amphetamines Facts

Various Amphetamines facts may or may not be known to users. Most people who take amphetamines are aware of the boost in energy that comes with taking the drugs but have no clue about the dangers or the side effects of amphetamine use and the risks associated with amphetamine addiction.  Amphetamines are a class of drugs that are synthetic meaning that they are synthesized or created in a lab.  They cause a psychoactive effect on the Central Nervous System which results in a stimulant reaction.

Medications that contain amphetamines may be prescribed to help people who suffer from narcolepsy, obesity, ADD or ADHD.  Amphetamine molecules can be modified to produce specific bodily reactions such as appetite suppression or certain cardiovascular actions. Unfortunately, there is much controversy over whether the use of amphetamines for weight loss or to control certain behaviours associated with Attention Disorders is worth the dangerous side effects that come with sustained or repeat amphetamine use.  One thing that doctors do agree on in the successful treatment of narcolepsy with amphetamine based prescription medications.

  • Amphetamines can be ingested, crushed and snorted, dissolved in water and injected or smoked
  • Physiologically, using amphetamines and cocaine is much the same except the effects of amphetamines last much longer than cocaine
  • Parkinson’s disease is sometimes treated with amphetamines due to the reaction that the CNS has to the drug
  • Sustained amphetamine use can lead to physiological and behavioural disorders or toxic psychosis
  • Studies estimate that between 2 & 4 million children have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and been prescribed amphetamines
  • Chronic amphetamine use can lead to erratic behaviour, violence and psychosis that is similar to schizophrenia
  • Amphetamines are often referred to by various street names including speed, crank, pep pills and black beauties
  • According to the World Heath Organisation there are about 20 countries in which the use of Amphetamine type stimulants is more widespread than the use of heroin and cocaine combined.
  • Methamphetamine use is increasing in many countries and the presentation of methamphetamine psychosis cases to mental health services providers is on the rise.

How Long Does Amphetamine Stay in Your System?

Trying to determine exactly how long amphetamine is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Amphetamine - also known as Biphematine, Delcobase, Desoxyn, Obetrol, Reds, Meth, Black Beauties, Crosses, Hearts - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

Other factors that can come into play in tests being able to detect amphetamine is how frequent it has been taken, how much was taken, the amount taken, and the quality or potency of the drug.

Detecting amphetamine in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration leve, Physical Activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time amphetamine will show up on a Drug Test

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which amphetamine can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Is Amphetamine Detectable in Urine?

Amphetamine can be detected in a urine test from 2-5 days.

How Long Does Amphetamine Stay in the Blood?

Blood tests for amphetamine can detect the drug for up to 12 hours.

How Long Does Amphetamine Show Up in Saliva?

A saliva test can reveal amphetamine for 1-5days

How Long Can Amphetamine Be Found in Hair?

Amphetamine, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Avoiding Overdose of Amphetamine

One reason that it is important to know how long amphetamine remains in your system is because of the risk of overdose. Here are some of the symptoms of a possible amphetamine overdose:

  • Restlessness
  • Confusion 
  • Aggressive Behaviour 
  • Feelings of Panic 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Fast Breathing 
  • Uncontrollable Shaking of a Part of the Body
  • Fever 
  • Dark red or Cola coloured urine 
  • Muscle Weekness or aching
  • Tiredness or Weakness
  • Depression 
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat 
  • Fainting 
  • Dizziness 
  • Blurred Vision 
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarohea 
  • Seizures 
  • Coma 

Amphetamines Can Be Addictive

Another danger of taking more amphetamine than prescribed is that it can become addictive. When taken as prescribed for a health condition, amphetamines are not usually addictive, but when misuse—to get high or to improve performance—people can become dependent upon them.

The body can build up a tolerance for amphetamines, meaning it may require more of the drug to achieve the same effect. Taking more to reach the high or performance level you once experienced can lead to addiction.

You can tell if you have become dependent upon amphetamines if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop, such as:

  • Strong cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration
  • Visual or audio hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleep disturbances

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