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Are Amphetamines Taken for Weight Loss Dangerous?

Amphetamines Taken for Weight Loss

Are Amphetamines Taken for Weight Loss Dangerous?

Let’s start by saying that amphetamine weight loss drugs are not for everyone. Amphetamines taken for weight loss can be very dangerous for some individuals. While they can be helpful to someone who is extremely overweight or considered highly obese, they still have some harmful side effects.

If a person abuses amphetamines by taking extremely high doses, they can experience an extremely high body temperature and irregular heartbeat. In addition, they may even have seizures and go into heart failure.

Side Effects of Amphetamines Taken for Weight Loss

Weight loss is not the only effect you will have from your medication. Amphetamines can cause some unwanted side effects such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High body temperature
  • Mood Disorders
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sexual disorders

Of course, there are many other side effects that individuals can experience when taking amphetamines, mainly if they are abusing these drugs. 

Amphetamine Use for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Adderall is a controlled substance used for ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy. This drug is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Adderall acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system. For people who have ADHD, this drug gives them a calm feeling. They can focus and have more control in their lives. 

However, for someone who takes Adderall and doesn’t have ADHD, the effects are much different. They may feel “high” and euphoric. In addition, they will have increased energy and feel as if they can concentrate better. Not to mention, Adderall also gives them a sense of self-confidence.

Abusing Amphetamines Taken for Weight Loss

When a person starts taking amphetamines for weight loss, they may not realize that they will build a tolerance to the drug. As time goes on and they continue taking the pills to lose weight, their body will become more accustomed to having the drug in their system. At this point, it will require more of the drug to have the same effect for their weight loss.

All in all, if this person starts taking more of the drug than prescribed, they are abusing their medication. Of course, amphetamine abuse is pretty hard to hide. Friends and family will likely notice when someone is abusing these drugs. If a person doesn’t have a prescription for amphetamines, they may be buying them on the streets from a dealer.

Some signs of amphetamine abuse include:

  • Talkativeness
  • Talking fast
  • Insomnia
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Fidgety. Can’t remain still
  • Sense of euphoria in the user

As a matter of fact, there are other signs when a person is coming off an amphetamine high. They will seem down or depressed, extremely tired, irritable, and anxious.  In addition, they may experience headaches, confusion, and blurry vision. 

Seek Treatment for Addiction to Stimulants  

Please, if you are abusing amphetamines or if you are struggling with an addiction to amphetamines, don’t continue on this path. Seek help from a reputable, licensed inpatient addiction treatment center. 

At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we can design a treatment program for you that will fit your individual needs and preferences. In fact, you can even share in the development of your treatment program. Equally as important, we will assess you and recommend the type of program that will most help your needs.

You can regain sobriety and be free from amphetamine addiction for good. Don’t wait to seek help. Contact us today. One of our informed representatives can answer any questions you may have about our treatment programs and our facility. Again, make that call today and reclaim your life.

 

Resources:

Drugabuse.gov – Prescription Stimulants

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