Methamphetamine (also known as N-methyl amphetamine or desoxyephedrine methyl amphetamine) is a sympathomimetic and psycho stimulant drug. Methamphetamine is under the family of phenylethylamines.
What does methamphetamine do?
Doctors use methamphetamine since it is an effective central nervous system stimulant which target neurochemical mechanisms in charge for regulating body temperature, heart rate, appetite, blood pressure, mood, and attention responses related with alarm conditions or alertness. It enters the brain and triggers a cascading discharge of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Given that it stimulates the mesolimbic reward pathway, causing euphoria and excitement, it is prone to abuse and addiction. Users may turn out to be obsessed or carry out repetitive tasks such as assembling and disassembling objects, cleaning, or hand-washing. Withdrawal is characterized by unnecessary sleeping, eating, and depression like symptoms, often accompanied by anxiety and drug-craving. Methamphetamine is addictive, more than ever, when injected or smoked.
Why is methamphetamine so addicting?
Methamphetamine addiction is one of the most difficult forms of addictions to treat. An obsession to methamphetamine naturally occurs when a person begins to use the drug as a stimulant, because of its pleasing effects on sex and pleasure, ability to concentrate and alertness. However, the efficiency decreases, and users find that they want to take higher doses to obtain the equal results; also that they have great difficulty functioning effectively without the drug. Long term side effects of using Methamphetamine may include paranoia, hallucinations, change in brain structure and functions, aggressive or violent behavior, memory loss, several dental problems and weight loss.
Methamphetamine addicts may possibly lose their teeth unusually quickly, a condition known as “meth mouth”. This result is not caused by any corrosive effects of the drug itself, which is a common myth. Users can show evidence of sexually uncontrollable actions while under the influence. This pay no attention to the potential dangers of unprotected sex or other thoughtless sexual behavior may add to the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).