By: Cedar Point Recovery 26 Jul 2016

While both potent drugs, there are discernable differences between amphetamine vs methamphetamine. Amphetamine, available by prescription, can be used to treat certain disorders such as ADHD and weight loss. Methamphetamine is not available by prescription and evokes more acute side effects. Both have the potential of being dangerous and addictive.

Amphetamine vs Methamphetamine

As similar as methamphetamines and amphetamines sound phonetically, they have many important differences. Chemically, methamphetamines have a similar base structure to amphetamines, however, one of the hydrogens connected to the nitrogen molecule is replaced by a methyl group, hence the prefix, “meth.” The metabolism of methamphetamines in the body actually produces amphetamines and can lead to an incorrect inference from a drug test.

Both being stimulants, they do evoke similar effects such as an increased heart rate and metabolism, but methamphetamine may bring with it some unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Paranoia
  • Dehydration
  • Dermatological problems
  • Impaired Judgment
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression

Although amphetamine may have some of the same side effects mentioned above, with methamphetamine these effects are acuter and develop more quickly.

Amphetamines may be used in instances such as treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or assisting with weight loss in a medically advised diet plan. Unlike amphetamines, methamphetamines are not available for use by prescription, due to the belief that as harmful as amphetamines potentially are, methamphetamines pose a greater danger.

In the event of an addiction with either of these substances, starting a treatment program is the best next step. This will facilitate your detoxification to ensure your body is cleansed, followed by treatment. In treatment, your withdrawal symptoms will be tended to while learning how to stay sober.

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