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In the 1930s, amphetamines were used to treat nasal congestion. Over the years, it was used to treat alcohol hangovers and weight loss. Then and now, it is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

What is Amphetamine? 

Amphetamine (AMP) is a drug available by prescription (Dexedrine®) but is also available on the illicit market. A potent sympathomimetic agent with therapeutic applications, AMP is chemically related to the human body’s natural catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine).It’s not harmful in small doses. Doctors prescribe amphetamines to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and narcolepsy.

How does AMP work?

This drug is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. It helps to activate receptors in the brain, increases the activity of neurotransmitters. This way, it increases body temperature, which means that the person experiences increased alertness, excitation, and even euphoria.

What makes AMP dangerous? 

The risk of an overdose. As dangerous as it sounds, an overdose is not something that you should take as a joke. To be honest, the use of any type of drug is risky and it affects different people differently. It depends on size, weight, and health conditions, but also the drugs that are taken at the same time, and even if the person is used to taking the AMP. We don’t have to tell you that the most important thing is the amount of drug taken, right? A person might feel the effects of the drug immediately, or after only 30 minutes, experiencing happiness or confidence, fast heartbeat, fast breathing, reduced appetite. You must’ve heard of increased violent behavior after taking the amphetamines, right?

What Drugs Fall Under Amphetamines?

Prescription drugs that fall under amphetamines are:

  • Adderall®,
  • Concerta®,
  • Dexedrine®,
  • Focalin®,
  • Metadate®,
  • Methylin®,
  • Ritalin®.

Why can amphetamines be used to treat ADHD?

Children with ADHD seek stimulation for themselves which explains their hyperactive behavior. When they are given stimulants such as amphetamines, they no longer need to self-stimulate.

Is oxycodone an amphetamine?

No, it isn’t. Amphetamines like adderall belong to a drug class called CNS stimulants. On the other hand, oxycodone belongs to the drug class narcotic analgesics. What is the difference between amphetamine and methamphetamine? An amphetamine is a prescription drug stimulant such as Adderall. It is similar to methamphetamine or meth in that both create a ‘high’ or a feeling of euphoria. However, meth is illegal. It works much faster in the brain than methamphetamine; thus, users prefer the former to get the ‘high’ feeling more quickly.

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