Harmful Effects of Stimulant Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is one of the major health concerns all over the world. Prescription drugs are classified into many types according to the intoxication effects they provide. Some of the common types of prescription drugs are stimulants, depressants, anesthetics, and other compounds.

Stimulants are one of the commonly abused prescription drugs. We will learn about the intoxication effects and their potential consequences. Some of the common stimulant drugs are

Amphetamines: Amphetamines increase heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy and increased mental alertness. Some of the health consequences are rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure.

Cocaine: Intoxication effects of cocaine include rapid breathing and hallucinations. Its health consequences include increased temperature/chest pain, respiratory failure, nausea, abdominal pain, strokes, seizures, headaches and malnutrition

Methamphetamine: It increases aggression, violence and psychotic behavior. Its potential health consequences are memory loss, cardiac and neurological damage; impaired memory and learning, tolerance and addiction.

Methylphenidate: Some of the intoxication effects of this drug are increase or decrease in blood pressure and psychotic episodes. Some of the major health issues that arise from this drug abuse are digestive problems, loss of appetite and weight loss.

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