Amphetamine

Amphetamine (am FEH ta mean)


Amphetamine is a stimulant and an appetite suppressant. It stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain) by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in the body. This increases heart rate and blood pressure and decreases appetite, among other effects. Amphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD). Amphetamine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
  • Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Amphetamine may cause dizziness, blurred vision, or restlessness, and it may hide the symptoms of extreme tiredness. If you experience these effects, avoid hazardous activities.
  • Amphetamine is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Talk to your doctor about stopping this medication gradually.
  • Do not crush, chew, or open any "once-daily" amphetamine tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole.
  • Do not take amphetamine if you:
    • Have heart disease or high blood pressure.
    • Have arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
    • Have hyperthyroidism.
    • Have glaucoma.
    • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) in the last 14 days; or

 
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