Methamphetamine Abuse


What are methamphetamines? Methamphetamines are a type of illegal drug. It is also called meth, crystal meth, or speed. Meth is usually smoked. It can also be sniffed, injected, swallowed, or put into the rectum. The effects of meth last longer than some other illegal drugs.

What may happen right after I use meth? Meth stimulates the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. You will have changes in your behavior and how you feel when you use meth. These changes usually occur right away. You may be more talkative, active, nervous, and you may anger more easily. You also may have an increased desire for sexual activity.

What are the long-term effects of meth abuse?

What are the signs and symptoms of meth abuse?

What are the risks of meth use?

How else is meth harmful?

What is meth withdrawal? Withdrawal occurs when you decrease or stop using a drug you are addicted to. Meth users may have trouble coping with the symptoms of withdrawal and may start using meth again. Withdrawal signs and symptoms go away in days to weeks after you stop using meth. Meth withdrawal can cause the following signs and symptoms:

How does meth affect an unborn or newborn baby?

How is meth abuse diagnosed? Caregivers will check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. You may also need any the following:

How is meth abuse treated? A monitor will be put on you to check your heart. You may be given treatments to decrease a high body temperature. You may also need any of the following medicines:

What other treatments may be needed?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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