Methamphetamines belong to a class of drugs known as Stimulants. A stimulant can negatively impact the performance of the central nervous system (brain), respiratory system (breathing), and the cardiovascular system (heart). It can come in many forms like:
Its street names might include:
When people use stimulants they report initially feeling more alert and full of energy. They may present as having a reduced interest in eating and sleeping. Some of the negative side effects of using may include:
When someone goes through meth withdrawal, there will be negative effects, often the opposite of the initial drug effects. How severe the withdrawals are depends on the person, how long they used, and how much was used. Street drugs like methamphetamines are made up of many chemicals and substances that may be toxic. Medically supervised withdrawal is recommended if the withdrawals are more acute. A doctor, health professional, or counsellor should be consulted. Withdrawals from methamphetamines can last from a few days to a few weeks.
During withdrawal, you might have the following
During withdrawal, you might have these
emotional symptoms, which can last for weeks or months:
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Current as of: February 21, 2017
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
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