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Amphetamine Side Effects and Warnings

Written by Molly Hartle.

Amphetamine is highly addictive and should only be used under the careful supervision of a qualified physician. Amphetamine-based stimulant medications are also more likely to cause a loss of appetite and weight loss than methylphenidate-based medications. Amphetamines can also be deadly when combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, a type of antidepressant.

Like all stimulant medications, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can cause sleeplessness, loss and appetite and weight loss. Other common side effects include the following:

  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dizziness;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Headache;
  • Nausea;
  • Nervousness;
  • Restlessness; and
  • Stomach pain.

Other more severe side effects include the following:

  • Allergic reactions;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Change in libido;
  • Chest pain;
  • Confusion;
  • Depression;
  • Fever;
  • Irregular heartbeat;
  • Moodiness;
  • Numbness or tingling in one arm;
  • One-sided weakness;
  • Painful or frequent urination;
  • Seizures;
  • Slurred speech; and
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements.5


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