Amphetamine use has many symptoms which can be extremely noticeable to others or only to the person using the drug. The symptoms of amphetamine use are both psychological and physical and will become stronger and more pronounced the more the person uses the drug.
Psychological Symptoms of Amphetamine Use
A person who is using amphetamines will experience many psychological symptoms. Most commonly, amphetamine use causes alertness, wakefulness, and restlessness. The will also “increase focus and attention,” according to the NIDA. These symptoms are great for someone who is suffering from ADHD or a similar disorder and needs to be more focused, alert, and energized in order to not become bored or distracted at inappropriate times.
Other psychological symptoms of amphetamine use, according to CESAR, are:
- “Heightened sense of well-being”
- Euphoria (in high doses)
- Heightened alertness and energy
- “Release of social inhibitions”
- Feelings of cleverness and power
The psychological symptoms of amphetamine use are not all positive, however. Many people experience feelings of aggression or hostility when they take the drug in high doses, or even in normal doses. People will feel a decreased ability and need to sleep, keeping them up late if they take the drug in the afternoon.
Amphetamine use has strong psychological symptoms that can work both to the benefit and the detriment of the individual. Either way, if a person is abusing amphetamine, the symptoms will only become more pronounced and often worse.
Physical Symptoms of Amphetamine Use
Amphetamine use has physical symptoms as well which can be obvious to others as well as sometimes understated. Dry mouth and dilated pupils are both common physical symptoms of current amphetamine use and intoxication. Others are:
- High body temperature
- High blood pressure
- Decrease in appetite
- Increase in heartbeat
Amphetamine decreases a person’s appetite and, therefore, may cause weight loss. For many years, it was prescribed to those who wanted to lose weight but can cause malnutrition if the individual is not careful.
The use of amphetamine speeds up the reactions in the body, the opposite to what opioids or CNS depressants do. The body begins to run hotter, the heart beats more quickly, and the person may experience issues because of this.
It is important for users of amphetamine to listen to their bodies and, if they realize that something does not seem normal or if they are unable to live their daily lives with these symptoms, they should speak to their doctor immediately. There are many symptoms of amphetamine use which can be dangerous and an indication of another problem.
Dangerous Amphetamine Use Symptoms
The NLM states that, should someone experience any of the symptoms listed below, they could be signs of a more severe reaction to amphetamine or even of amphetamine abuse. These symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- “Fast or pounding heartbeat”
- Weakness of extremities
- Tics (verbal or motor tremors that are uncontrolled by the individual)
- Difficulty speaking or speaking slowly
- Chest pain
- Blurry vision
Staying on top of your symptoms and knowing which ones are signs of a problem is important in amphetamine use. Remember, you should never experience symptoms that make your life too difficult and become detrimental to you.