Amphetamine is a stimulant that leads to increase energy, rapid heartbeat and in some cases can aid in weight loss. While amphetamine was once widely used in weight loss drugs, the dangers of addiction, physical dependence and overdose became so severe that the drug was eliminated from most weight loss combinations for the safety of the users. Today, several weight loss drugs do still contain amphetamine but only on a prescription basis and to be used under a doctor’s supervision.
Amphetamine does have a very strong potential for causing addiction so it should not be used without being properly prescribed by a doctor and it should only be used under the direct guidance of a doctor. Amphetamines promote weight loss by suppressing the appetite and increasing energy which can ultimately boost metabolism and lead to rapid results in weight loss. This is why so many users found amphetamine to be a highly effective weight loss medication when it was first introduced and also why so many healthcare providers continue to prescribe amphetamine containing drugs for this purpose.
There are two primary types of amphetamine inclusive drugs. One is the regular amphetamine which acts almost immediately upon oral consumption while the other is a long-acting formulation that has a time release capability. Doctors will prescribe amphetamine for weight loss in doses of up to 30mg per day but most start with a low dose of about 5mg to be sure that the patient will react appropriately to the medication and will not suffer from any major complications.
Certain side effects may occur when amphetamine is taken for weight loss including:
- Overactive bladder
- Changes in sexual desire
- Enhanced energy
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
If these symptoms become severe, contact your healthcare practitioner immediately. If you suspect that someone you know may be addicted to amphetamine, call our helpline for treatment at 1-800-895-1695.