If I Overdose on a Stimulant, Will Drinking Alcohol Help?

Amphetamine is a stimulant that is often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It stimulates the central nervous system by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in the body which in turn increases the heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing the appetite. This synthetic stimulant is chemically similar to adrenaline and is often abused for the purpose of weight loss. Amphetamines are a Schedule II drug which means that they are a controlled substance that has to be monitored by a medical professional. Schedule II substances have a high propensity for misuse, abuse, and dependence.

Signs of Amphetamine Abuse

Speed is a popular name for amphetamine and represents the increased activity a person feels when taking the drug. People who abuse amphetamines like speed may experience the following negative effects:

  • While taking the drug a person may become tense and anxious
  • A user’s ability to concentrate and remember things is impaired
  • When the drug wears off, a person may feel tired, depressed, irritable and physically uncomfortable
  • A person abusing amphetamines is putting a strain on the heart and on the immune system

Signs of Amphetamine Overdose

Unfortunately a person’s abuse of amphetamines can result in an overdose. Signs of an amphetamine overdose include the following:

  • Restlessness and excitability
  • Tremor
  • Rapid breathing or rapid/irregular pulse
  • Confusion
  • Panic
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Coma

If a person is having an overdose, immediately call 911 to receive professional medical attention.

Dangers of Mixing Amphetamine with Alcohol

Some people may think that because amphetamines are a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant that by taking the two together, you could potentially counteract the overdose effects. Instead research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may increase an individual’s vulnerability to amphetamine abuse. The study published in the March 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research showed that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may make an individual more vulnerable to the effects of stimulants such as amphetamine.

How to Treat Amphetamine Abuse

Because the line between amphetamine abuse, addiction and overdose is a thin line, a person who is taking amphetamines for non-medicinal purposes needs to seek addiction treatment help. By talking with an addiction counselor or engaging in a more structured outpatient treatment program you can identify what is leading you to abuse amphetamines and you can also learn healthier ways to deal with these issues. If you need support to detox from amphetamines, inpatient treatment will offer medically supervised detox services. Talking to a professional can help you determine the best course of action for you.

Avoid Amphetamine Overdose and Addiction

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