Amphetamines

 
What is Amphetamines and why is it prescribed?
Amphetamines are prescribed in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It should be used as part of a broader treatment plan that includes psychological, educational, and social measures. The regular form of Amphetamines are also prescribed for narcolepsy. Amphetamines have a high potential for abuse. If used in large doses over long periods of time, they can cause dependence and addiction. Be careful to take Amphetamines only as prescribed.

How should you take Amphetamines?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Amphetamines. Never take more Amphetamines than your doctor has prescribed. Do not take it for a longer time or for any other purpose than prescribed. Take the first dose upon awakening. If additional doses are prescribed, take them at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. Avoid late evening doses, which can interfere with sleep. If you miss a dose ande you are taking 1 dose a day, and at least 6 hours remain before bedtime, take the dose as soon as you remember. If you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose. If you are taking more than 1 dose a day, and you remember within an hour or so of the scheduled time, take the missed dose immediately. Otherwise, skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at once. Store Amphetamines at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant container.

Are there any Amphetamines side effects?
Amphetamines side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Amphetamines side effects may include accidental injury, changes in sex drive, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, emotional instability, exaggerated feelings of well-being, fatigue, fever, headache, high blood pressure, hives, impotence, indigestion, infections, insomnia, loss of appetite, mental disturbances, nausea, nervousness, overstimulation, rapid or pounding heartbeat, restlessness, stomach and intestinal disturbances, tremor, twitches, unpleasant taste, vomiting, weakened heart, weight loss, and worsening of tics.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Amphetamines?
If Amphetamines is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Amphetamines with Acetazolamide (Diamox), Antihistamines (such as Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton), Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors (including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate), Drugs that make the urine more acid (such as Uroquid-Acid No. 2), Glutamic acid (an amino acid related to MSG), High blood pressure medications (such as Calan, guanethidine, HydroDIURIL, Hytrin, Procardia, and reserpine), Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), Major tranquilizers (such as Haldol and Thorazine), Meperidine (Demerol), Methenamine (Urised), Norepinephrine (Levophed), Propoxyphene (Darvon), Seizure medications (such as Dilantin, phenobarbital, and Zarontin), "Tricyclic" antidepressants (such as Norpramin, Tofranil, and Vivactil), or Vitamin C.

Are there any special warnings about Amphetamines?
If you have even a mild case of high blood pressure, take Amphetamines with caution. Be careful, too, about driving or operating machinery until you know how this drug affects you. It may impair judgment and coordination. Amphetamines can make tics and twitches worse. If you or a family member has this problem, make sure the doctor is aware of it. Amphetamines have also been known to aggravate symptoms in seriously disturbed individuals. If the problem is attention-deficit disorder, the doctor will do a complete history and evaluation before prescribing Amphetamines, taking particular account of the severity of the symptoms and the age of your child. At present, there has been no experience with long-term Amphetamines therapy in children. However, other amphetamine-based medications have been known to stunt growth, so your doctor will need to watch the child carefully.
 

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