Students and athletes frequently make efforts to increase their performance by abusing Stimulants. They equally catch fun with it.
Stimulants function by acting on the central nervous system to increase alertness and cognitive function. Stimulants come in many forms such as illegal drugs like Cocaine and prescription drugs such as Adderall. Abusers commonly snort, inject or take the substance orally.
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Brands Of Prescription Stimulants
People suffering from obesity, narcolepsy and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are usually prescribed certain Stimulants. Amphetamines and Methylphenidates are the most popular Stimulants. Nevertheless, amphetamines (such as Adderall) and methylphenidates (such as Ritalin) have some molecular differences which has a similar consequence when abused. According to the necessary lasting and power in each patient, the amphetamines and methylphenidates are ordered by doctors.
Some of the most well-known prescription Stimulants include
- Adderall. This is the most prescribed amphetamine in the US and is currently used as an ADHD therapy drug.
- Dexedrine - this drug is also used to treat ADHD and has been available to consumers since 1976.
- The drug was used by the U.S.
- To keep pilots alert during World War II until the Gulf War.
- Ritalin was also used for treating ADHD and narcolepsy in youngsters and was approved by the FDA in 1995.
- Since it is a Methylphenidate, there are similarities between Adderall and Dexedrine.
- Being the same Stimulants, it produces similar effects as the other aforementioned drugs.
- Concerta - this is another Methylphenidate that just got recently approved in 2000 in comparison to Ritalin.
- It possesses a different energy and time of effect but it's a methylphenidate like Ritalin.
- Desoxyn - this is a methamphetamine that is highly regulated and prescribed.
- It was the earliest remedy pill for obesity, which was introduced in 1947.
- ADHD is also treated using this drug.
- Ephedrine - Is popularly used as an appetite suppressant and bronchodilator for those with asthma, it has similar effects to other Stimulants.
- It is frequently available over the counter and is commonly used as an ingredient in clandestine meth labs.
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Effects Of Abusing Stimulants
Classified as Schedule II drugs, these are highly regulated due to their potency for addiction while being used as treatment drugs. There are reported cases of 900,000 of Stimulants abuse in the US alone.
The effects of Stimulants include
- Loss of appetite
Getting high is not always the goal of those who use Stimulants, most of the people who consume them are looking to improve their performing. The data shows more athletes and students are abusing this drug to significantly improve their capacity to perform.
The chemical that makes the pleasure sensation in the brain is dopamine, and it produces a lot thanks to Stimulants. The brain can no longer make normal amounts of dopamine on its own, after persistent use of Stimulants. An addiction can easily come about as a person may want to enjoy the 'feel-good' effect more often.
Stimulants That Are Illicit
Cocaine in its various forms and methamphetamine are also Stimulants. Stimulants ordered by a doctor have almost the same impact that these three illegal substances.