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AMP

AMP, or amphetamines, are a type of central nervous system stimulant. They provide a sense of increased wakefulness, energy, attention, concentration. As well as sociability, self-confidence, improved mood and decreased appetite. This drug is frequently prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults.

Amphetamines appear to have a calming effect on individuals with ADHD. Sometimes afternoon sleepiness has been observed in adults with the condition. AMP’s are also used to treat narcolepsy, treatment-resistant depression and obesity. When overused these medications can become addictive.

Additionally, some individuals without ADHD may use amphetamines during times when high levels of productivity are required. They increase the ability to perform and has accompanying psycho-social effects. Therefore often leads these individuals to continue taking AMP‘s even after the demand for productivity has passed.

Physical side effects of amphetamines include:

  • low or high blood pressure
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon, where there is reduced blood flow to the extremities
  • erectile dysfunction, and especially frequent or persistent erections
  • rapid heart rate
  • abdominal pain
  • loss of appetite, nausea, and weight loss
  • acne, rash, hives
  • blurred vision
  • dry mouth
  • teeth grinding
  • nosebleed
  • profuse sweating
  • nasal congestion
  • increased likelihood of seizures for susceptible individuals
  • tics
  • faster, deeper breaths, especially in those with other lung conditions
  • difficulty urinating

Psychological effects include:

  • increased alertness and focus
  • apprehension, anxiety, irritability, and restlessness
  • mood swings
  • insomnia
  • changes in libido
  • grandiosity, or an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance
  • obsessive behaviours

Psychosis may occur in rare cases.

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