Do you know what is the difference between methamphetamine and amphetamines and does the methamphetamine detox process differ? If you don’t then you are not alone, because most people think that methamphetamine and amphetamines are the same thing… but they are not.
While methamphetamine and amphetamines share many of the same characteristics, such as they are both stimulants; there are some significant differences between the two including use.
Useful Medication or Recreational Drug?
The primary difference is use: in its proper use, amphetamine offers some valuable medicinal purposes when used strictly per the instructions. Amphetamine has been used in many diet aids, but its use was discontinued in over-the-counter diet supplements because of abuse.
Adderall and Ritalin are prescription amphetamines used in the treatment of ADHD and they are also examples of what can happen when amphetamines are abused. According to statistics released by SAMHSA, nearly 7 percent of students 18 to 22 take Adderall for non-medical purposes and at least 10 percent of high school seniors use both Ritalin and Adderall recreationally.
Methamphetamine does not offer valuable use and is most often used purely recreationally. Whereas amphetamine is produced in a medical laboratory, methamphetamine on the other hand is most often produced in clandestine labs or ‘Meth houses’ and include dangerous chemicals such as ammonia, ether and methanol. The fumes from methamphetamine are toxic and can kill.
Both methamphetamine and amphetamine share similar side effects including:
- Slurred speech
- Dry mouth
- Respiratory problems
- Increased pulse
Side effects related to methamphetamine use have been reported to be stronger and to occur more quickly than those with amphetamine use.
Methamphetamine, Amphetamine and Drug Tests
Methylated phenlethylamine is the scientific name for amphetamine and methamphetamine is double methylated phenlethylamine. For the most part, the two drugs are nearly identical. Methamphetamine metabolizes into amphetamine which is why most drug tests showing positive for amphetamines are considered positive for methamphetamine use as well.
Medical Detox for Methamphetamine and Amphetamine Abuse
Although some prescription medications include amphetamine; neither methamphetamine nor amphetamines are considered safe and both have an increased chance for dependency and addiction.
The most recommended treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine is medical detox, specifically IV therapy medical detox treatment. Different from other detox treatments that use oral medications throughout the process and can take a long time to become effective; IV therapy is immediate because the medication goes directly into the blood stream. IV therapy ensures that the patient is comfortable throughout the detox which allows them to successfully complete the process.
Do you need more information on what is the difference between methamphetamines and amphetamines and the detox process? Gallus Detox Center can help. Call us today to speak with an admission team member at 855-338-6929.