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Healthnotes Index:

Methamphetamine

Pronounced

"meth-am-FET-uh-meen"

Uses

Methamphetamine is a stimulant and is used to treat a certain attention disorder (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, educational, and social treatments. It may help increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, and stop fidgeting.

This medication is also used along with a doctor-approved, reduced-calorie diet as an aid to help significantly overweight (obese) people lose weight. It should only be used for a short time (a few weeks) in patients who have not lost enough weight with other treatments (e.g., dieting, other drugs, group programs). It may work by decreasing your appetite.

This medication should not be used to treat tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using methamphetamine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

For ADHD, take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. During treatment, your doctor may occasionally recommend stopping the medication for a short time to see whether there are any changes in your behavior and whether the medication is still needed.

For weight loss, take this medication by mouth, usually half an hour before each meal or as directed by your doctor. Take this medication exactly as prescribed.

Do not take this medication late in the evening because it may cause you to have trouble sleeping.

This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as extreme tiredness, mental/mood changes such as agitation) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.

Though very unlikely, abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction) is possible with this medication. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.

When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing (if taken for ADHD) or stopping the medication (if taken for weight loss). Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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