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Meth Abuse Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment

Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric "high" it provides. Some signs of meth abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive drug can have deadly consequences. Stimulant dependencies rank amongst the most difficult to overcome. Frequently, treatment is needed to help someone quit using meth.
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What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that produces effects in users similar to those of cocaine and prescription stimulants like methylphenidate (Ritalin).

Pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine is approved for use in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity under the trade name Desoxyn, but it is rarely prescribed because the drug has strong potential for abuse and safer alternatives are available.

Methamphetamine is most commonly used recreationally and is sold as a pill, powder, or crystal “rock.” It can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or smoked.