Amphetamines

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Amphetamines act as a stimulant on the central nervous system that can be both physically and psychologically addictive when abused. Substances falling under this category include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta - all used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Other amphetamines are used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder) and weight loss. Effects depend on dosage and how the drugs are taken.

Positive effects include:

  • Increased energy
  • Alertness, increased concentration
  • Euphoria
  • Decreased appetite

Negative effects include:

  • jitteriness
  • hyperactivity
  • headaches
  • rebound depression or anxiety
  • tolerance and possible addiction

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