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General Information on Methamphetamine

Generic Name : Methamphetamine

Pronunciation : meth-am-FET-uh-meen

Latest prescription information about Methamphetamine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y50.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Cerebral Stimulants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Methamphetamine

International- Desoxyn.

Why is Methamphetamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a central nervous system stimulant, prescribed for attention deficit disorders with hyperactivity in children. It is also used to treat obesity along with other medications. It works by affecting the chemicals in the brain and nerves.

When should Methamphetamine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated during or within 14 days following the administration of monoamine oxidase inhibitors; contraindicated in patients with severe high blood pressure, loss of appetite, overactive thyroid, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Methamphetamine?

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity: The recommended initial dose is 5 mg once or twice a day. It may be increased if needed.
For Obesity: One 5 mg tablet should be taken one-half hour before each meal.

How should Methamphetamine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Methamphetamine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of mental illness, heart problems, the blood disease porphyria, seizures, high blood pressure, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It may cause sleeplessness, avoid taking during late night.

Avoid taking large amount of caffeinated beverages while taking this medication.

It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.

It should not be used in children less than 6 years old.

What are the side effects of Methamphetamine?

   Heart : High blood pressure, fast heart rate, palpitations and heart arrest.
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness, emotion, over stimulation, sleeplessness, tremor, restlessness and headache.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, constipation, dryness of mouth, unpleasant taste and other gastrointestinal disturbances.
   Hypersensitivity : Hives.
   Endocrine : Impotence and changes in sexual activity.
   Miscellaneous : Suppression of growth has been reported with the long-term use of stimulants in children.

What are the other precautions for Methamphetamine?

Avoid long-term use and excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Methamphetamine?

Store it at room temperature (15 to 30C), keep away from light and moisture.

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Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs which cannot be sold without the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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