Methamphetamine Info & IV Megathread
What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant chemical commonly used as a recreational drug. It is legally prescribed as a treatment for ADD under the brand name Desoxyn, for both children and adults. On the street, it is generally found as an odorless, white or off-white, bitter-tasting powder, though it is also found in pills, capsules and larger crystals. It is frequently snorted, but is also used orally, smoked, and injected. Methamphetamine is commonly known as "speed," "meth," and "chalk." In its smoked form, it is often referred to as "ice," "crystal," "crank," and "glass." It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. The drug was developed early last century from its parent drug, amphetamine, and was used originally in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. Like amphetamine, methamphetamine causes increased activity and talkativeness, decreased appetite, and a general sense of well-being. However, methamphetamine differs from amphetamine in that at comparable doses, much higher levels of methamphetamine get into the brain, making it a more potent stimulant drug. It also has longer lasting and more harmful effects on the central nervous system.
Increased energy and alertness
Decreased need for sleep
Disturbed sleep patterns
Tightened jaw muscles, grinding teeth (trismus and bruxia)
Loss of appetite (anorexia), leading to poor nutrition and weight loss with heavy use
Visual & auditory hallucinations, hearing voices (from sleep deprivation)
Reduced enjoyment of eating
Loss of interest in sex, over time
Itching, welts on skin
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Dry mouth, leading to serious tooth decay with chronic use
Excessive excitation, hyperactivity
Shortness of breath
Moodiness & irritability
Anxiousness & nervousness
Panic, suspiciousness, and paranoia
Involuntary body movements (uncontrollable movement and/or twitches of fingers, facial & body muscles, lip-smaking, tongue protrusion, grimacing, etc.)
Ego inflation, false sense of confidence and power, ego-inflation
Aggressive and violent behavior
Severe depression, suicidal tendencies
Effects of Habitual Use:
Fatal kidney and lung disorders
Possible brain damage
Permanent psychological problems
Lowered resistance to illnesses
Cardiovascular crises, chest pains, heart attacks
Damage to gums, teeth, and can lead to tooth loss
Effects of Methamphetamine Use During Pregnancy (On Unborn Child):
Addiction and withdrawal
Long-term use and methamphetamine abuse will profoundly alter brain function. Because of damage to the neurons, an addict’s emotional health will be adversely impacted. These changes can be acute and sometimes permanent. It should be noted that the contents of crystal meth, the street form of the methamphetamine drug, tend to be a combination of toxic chemicals such as lye, Drano, pseudoephedrine, battery acid, insecticides, solvents, and ether. These types of chemicals are not designed to be ingested.Management of meth addiction relies heavily on forms of behavioral therapy, along with a few drugs that can be of some help with the craving that follows withdrawal from the drug. There is no known drug that can directly counter the effects of meth on the brain, but there are treatments available that help to minimise and reverse damage sustained through addiction.
Signs of Addiction:
Scratching at “crack bugs” (illusion of bugs crawling under the skin)
Severe dental decay
Treating Methamphetamine Addiction:
Professional guide to recovery from meth (PDF)
A previous addict's guide to quitting meth
Medication available for treating damage sustained through methamphetamine addiction
Methamphetamine is not known to be physically addictive. In most cases it takes between twenty four and forty eight hours for the drug to process through a person's system after the last dose is taken. While methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can be very intense, they are generally psychological in nature.
Restlessness and insomnia
Deep or disturbed sleep lasting up to 48 hours
Treating methamphetamine withdrawal:
Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can be treated with a careful plan. In some cases the treatment requires a reduction in the dosage until the body adjusts to lower amounts, and, finally, no meth at all. It is also possible to help combat depression with anitdepressants as part of a treatment program. These are effective measures, especially in situations that feature medical uses for methamphetamine. For addicts who have been abusing meth for a long period of time, a combination of techniques might be used. There are residential treatment centers that specialize in treating severe addictions. These usually combine the step down method with pharmacological solutions. Counseling is also part of treating methamphetamine addiction and meth withdrawal symptoms. Abusers may learn techniques for helping them avoid focusing on the unpleasant effects of withdrawal. This can include meditation, physical activity and through developing a hobby. Overcoming any addiction is difficult, and one of the main reasons is due to withdrawal symptoms. Methamphetamine withdrawal is no exception. And due the nature of meth, withdrawals may be just as unpleasant as withdrawal from more physically addictive substances.
It is a good idea to get professional help if you are struggling with methamphetamine withdrawal and/or addiction.
What is it?
Stimulant psychosis is a psychotic disorder that appears in some people who use stimulant drugs. The symptoms of stimulant psychosis are shared largely with the symptoms of organic psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, and, in extreme cases, catatonia. Physical symptoms of prolonged stimulant abuse or acute overdose tend to accompany these psychotic symptoms in cases of stimulant psychosis (but not organic psychosis). These additional symptoms may include aggression, arrhythmia, dilated pupils, diarrhea, hypertension, hyperthermia, nausea, rapid breathing, restlessness, seizures, sleep deprivation, tremor, and vomiting. Methamphetamine is well known to cause psychosis, typically when abused chronically or in high doses. Stimulant psychosis can manifest in a number of ways:
Auditory - This is the false perception of sound and the most frequent type of hallucination. Most frequently the user "hears voices." Command hallucinations are “voices” that may issue commands for violence to others.
Visual - Seeing a person, object or animal that does not exist in the environment.
Olfactory - This is the false perception of smelling odors that are not present in the environment.
Tactile - This is a false perception of the sense of touch, often of something on or under the skin.
Gustatory - A false perception of the sense of taste.
Persecution - The individual feels threatened and believes that others intend to harm him in some way. For example, the user thinks that the CIA intends to kill him.
Grandeur - The individual has an exaggerated feeling of importance, power or knowledge. For example, a user thinks that he is in control of the state.
Reference - The individual thinks that unrelated events or happenings are somehow connected to him or her, usually in a negative way. For example, a user watching TV thinks the news broadcaster is trying to get a message to him.
Being controlled - The individual believes certain objects or persons have control over his/her behavior. For example, the user believes the president of the United States has control over his behavior.
Somatic delusions - The individual believes his/her body or parts of the body are changing or being distorted. The user believes his brain is rotting.
The individual has extreme suspicion of others, their actions or perceived intentions. For example, a user sees a duck on the river and thinks the police have placed a camera in the duck to watch him.
Compulsion or repetitive behaviors are manifestations of chronic meth use. Users may become obsessed or perform repetitive tasks such as cleaning, assembling and disassembling objects or washing hands several times in a 15 minute period. Other repetitive tasks include formication, grinding of teeth, and pulling out hair.
Haldol Medication For Psychosis:
Haldol is effective in the treatment of psychosis, however it has a number of unpleasant and dangerous side effects. Common side effects include anticholinergic manifestations (dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention and constipation), nausea, gastrointestinal upset, skin rash, sedation, orthostatic hypotension, photosensitivity, decreased libido, gynecomastia, weight gain, extrapyramidal symptoms (pseudoparkinsonism, akinesia, akathisia, dystonia, oculogyric crisis), tardive dyskinesia, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. It is very important that the nurse be very familiar with the action and side effects of haldol.
Additional Information on Haldol
Injection; IV Complications and Info MEGATHREAD & FAQ
Safe injection Technique
How to Get Needles Mega Thread
Correct Needle Width & Syringe Size for Meth IV
Dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
Comprehensive list of methamphetamine health issues
Detailed information on methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms
Treating Methamphetamine Addiction (PDF)
Additional Information on Haldol
Methamphetamine Dosage Guidelines
Erowid Methamphetamine Vault
A medical professional's guide to recovery from meth (PDF)
A previous addict's guide to quitting meth
Medication used for methamphetamine addiction
Anyone who has ever done a shot of meth knows who quickly it can go from Awesome.....to Oh NO! A missed shot of meth can make your arm feel like its about to explode. Not to mention the actual feel of a good hit. The cough, the burn in the chest, the euphoric Ahhhhhhh.....I just want a place that we can discuss this and other things so that we are able to learn and help prevent bad things from happening.
How much should one person take at a time?
How often should you do a shot?
How do you know when you have been 'smoked down'?
When is it time to up your dosage?
What are the steps in preparing a shot of ice? Water - Dope ratio
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