Amphetamine is a synthetic drug originally developed (and still used) as a diet suppressant. Today it is officially admitted for treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and narcolepsy.

General Info

Amphetamine is a synthetic substance used to suppress appetite, control weight, treat narcolepsy and also ADHD. It is a commonly abused drug, usually bought on the street very impure or mixed with other drugs. Amphetamine can be snorted, taken orally, smoked, or injected.

When the drug is snorted, smoked or injected, the effects can be felt within a few minutes, but the duration is usually lessened. When taken orally, the effects of the drug tend to feel “smoother” and are generally longer-lasting.

Amphetamine was introduced in most of the world in the form of the pharmaceutical Benzedrine from the late 1920s. It was banned except for prescribed use in the late 1950s.

It is also used recreationally and for performance enhancement. These uses are illegal in most countries.

WARNING: Chronic amphetamine use can cause severe psychological dependence. Long-term use can result in extreme exhaustion and malnutrition.

Chemical Formula


Positive Effects

Increased alertness, decreased hunger, euphoria. With people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder it has a calming effect and helps to concentrate.

Neutral Effects

Rapid talking, weight loss, hallucinations - These symptoms occur mainly with abuse. For people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, these effects have not been observed within the recommended doses.

Negative Effects

Changed sleep patterns, involuntary bodily movements, hyperactivity, nausea, itchy or blotchy skin, delusions of power, aggressiveness, irritability, and addiction. These symptoms occur mainly with abuse.

Longterm Negative Effects

Lowered immune system effectiveness, heart problems, irreversible psychological damage, stroke, damage to liver, kidney and lung disorders, death. These symptoms occur mainly with abuse.

Medical Use

Like Ritalin, Amphetamine is one of the standard treatments of ADHD. Its effects on ADHD is improved impulse control, improved concentration, decreased sensory overstimulation and decreased irritability. This results in an overall calming effect.

When used within the recommended doses, side effects like loss of appetite appear only initially.

Amphetamines are also a standard treatment for narcolepsy.

Medical use for weight loss is still approved in some countries, but is regarded as obsolete in the United States.

Recreational use

Street names include speed, whiz, billy, crank, yaba, glass, meth, and crystal.

Performace Enhancing Use

Amphetamine is usually not used by athletes whose sport involves extreme cardiovascular workout, as methamphetamine and amphetamine put a great deal of stress on the heart.

The United States Air Force uses amphetamines (Adderall) as stimulants for pilots, calling them "go pills".

The Law

Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are Schedule II control drugs, classified as a CNS (Central Nervous System) Stimulant, in the United States. A Schedule II drug is classified as one that: has a high potential for abuse, has a currently accepted medical use and is used under severe restrictions, and has a high possibility of severe psychological and physiological dependence.

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