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What were amphetamines first used for?

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.

Read more here: What’s An Amphetamine? Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What drugs fall under amphetamines?

Prescription drugs that fall under amphetamines are:

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

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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.

Read more here: Why do Stimulants Work for Treatment of ADHD?

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.

Read more here: Difference Between Amphetamine and Methamphetamine