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The crystal form, nicknamed crystal meth, is a popular
drug, especially with young adults and for those who
frequently go out to dance clubs and parties. The number of
teens who abuse crystal meth is on the rise in the United
Methamphetamines, like regular amphetamines, also take
away appetite. It is a dangerous strategy sometimes used by
people trying to lose weight quickly.
Methamphetamines give someone the ability to stay awake
and do continuous activity with less need for sleep. They
pump up a person's heart rate, breathing, and
. They also cause sweating, headaches, blurred vision, dry
mouth, hot flashes, and dizziness.
People who are abusing methamphetamines feel high and full
of energy. They think the drug will allow their bodies to
keep going and going. But methamphetamines are very damaging
to the body and brain, especially with repeated use.
Long-term use of methamphetamines can cause
damage that causes problems with
and body movement.
When used in larger doses, methamphetamines can cause
dangerously high body temperature, confusion,
(uncontrollable jerking body movements), and even death.
Updated and reviewed by:
Robert B. Lembersky, MD
Date reviewed: February 2006
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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