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If you have made a mistake with a medicine, think you’ve taken too much, or the wrong medicine call the Alberta Poison Centre at 1-800-332-1414 right away. Please follow the advice they give about treatment.This information is to be used for care after you’ve been seen by a doctor, pharmacist, or have called the Poison Centre.
You have been treated for taking too much of an amphetamine drug. You are getting better, but you may not feel well for a while. It takes time for the drug to leave your body. How long it takes to feel better depends on the drug and how much you took of it.
Amphetamines are stimulants that doctors use to treat problems like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These drugs are often sold illegally and misused. An example of a "street drug" is methamphetamine, which may be called meth, speed, ice, and lid poppers.
Taking too much (misuse) of an amphetamine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. You may have chills, nausea, and vomiting. You may become shaky and restless. You may see or hear things that are not there, or believe things that are not true.
When the doctor treated you for the overdose, they may have:
The doctor also watched you carefully to make sure you were recovering safely. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away or call the Alberta Poison Centre at 1-800-332-1414.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 8/18/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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