What is Methedrine (methamphetamine hydrochloride)?
Methedrine is the trade name for an amphetamine derivative, a medical production of methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is an stimulant medication that is often used in the treatment of insomnia because of its ability to increase alertness and energy; weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant; and in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of its ability to help the patient focus.
High Abuse Potential
Methedrine is a schedule II controlled substance with a high abuse potential. Patients receiving treatment on methedrine often receive regular monitoring by the prescribing physician to ensure that they do not develop a tolerance and dependency. Patients who abruptly stop the use of the medication may experience uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. They are urged to ween off the medication gradually to prevent withdrawal and successfully stop its use.
Methedrine is a powerful stimulant medication that produces effects of wakefulness, increased energy, appetite suppressant, increased alertness and in high doses a sense of well being and euphoria. The wakefulness and increased energy produced by methedrine makes it a commonly used drug in the treatment of insomnia. Patient suffering from weight issues can take methedrine for its ability to suppress their appetite and allow them to quickly drop the weight they need to under medical supervision. Both adults and children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are able to take methedrine to keep focused and control this disorder.
The Misuse of Methedrine
While methedrine holds many medical benefits it also holds many risks in its use. Not only are patients at risk of health effects but they are too at risk of tolerance and dependency. Regular use of methedrine can cause the patient to develop a tolerance, requiring larger doses to achieve the desired effects. It is not uncommon for a patient to increase their dose without consulting their Doctor, even taking the medication longer than prescribed. As the dose is increased and the medication is taken over a long period of time the greater the risk of a patient developing a physical and psychological dependency that results in cravings and withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping its use.
Not only is metherdrine abused by patients being prescribed it, many use the drug for recreational purposes. It is a common misconception that using methedrine is safer than using the street drug methamphetamine, simply because it is prescribed by a medical doctor. This is not true, people abusing methedrine are at great risk of health effects using this medication vs its comparable street drug.
Signs of Methedrine Abuse
- Extreme weight loss
- Look of exhaustion
- Intentionally misusing the medication
- Taking the medication for recreational purposes
- Forging prescriptions
- Visiting multiple Doctors and Pharmacies for prescriptions
- Trouble at home, work or school
- Difficulties in relationships
- Financial stress
- Legal trouble
- Unable to stop medications use without experiencing symptoms of withdrawal
Symptoms of Methedrine Withdrawal
The severity and duration of symptoms of withdrawal vary with each individual person. Factors such as dose of drug taken, how regular it is taken and for how long will play a role in determining the withdrawal experienced. Typically withdrawal will begin within 24 hours of drugs last use, peaking within 3 days and lasting up to one week. Common symptoms of Methedrine withdrawal include:
- suicidal ideation
Methedrine Addiction Treatment
No two metherdrine addictions are the same. With this said it is clear that no two treatment plans for methedrine addiction will be the same. When a person enters into an treatment facility for metherdrine addiction they will undergo an assessment that will allow doctors to put together an individualized treatment plan.
The first step in most treatment plans in medical detoxification. The patient will be weened off methedrine and offer an alternative prescription medication to ease symptoms of withdrawal. The patient will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to methedrine abuse in a safe, secure and therapeutic setting that is free of temptation.
Therapy and Counseling
Behavioral modification therapy will help the patient to recognize the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with methedrine abuse. They will learn how to change these to ones promoting healthy living and sobriety. The patient will too enter into individual counseling sessions to help them to get to the root cause of their addiction and work through it, as well a being taught the key tools that will be needed to maintain their sobriety. Group counseling will help the patient by allowing them to help others by sharing their addiction and what has worked for them with maintaining their sobriety.