Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use

What the User Feels and What You Might See

Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an amphetamine—a central nervous system stimulant. It is an unregulated drug related to some pharmaceutical drugs. It can be smoked, snorted, injected, or swallowed. Users take it to experience a euphoric high. Today, we’re taking a look at the short-term effects of methamphetamine use.

Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use

What the User Experiences

The exact reason methamphetamine produces euphoria isn’t fully understood. We do know methamphetamine use releases high levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, that tells the brain to repeat the pleasurable experience from taking the drug. The short-term effects of methamphetamine use last about 12 hours and include:

  • Euphoria and rush
  • Increased activity and wakefulness
  • Increased attention
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased appetite

Cardiovascular and other health concerns:

  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure

Immediate concerns of overdose:

  • Elevated body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Convulsions

These short-term cardiovascular problems are indicative of potential overdose, which can lead to death. You should seek immediate help.

Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use You Might Observe

There are many clues someone might be high on methamphetamine. Remember, this list may also apply to other drugs, so you can’t be positive from observations alone.

During a high:

  • Increased activity
  • Faster breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweating
  • Refusal to eat or loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Bad breath

After the drug wears off:

As the user comes down off a high, they might seem like they are getting sick.

  • Long periods of sleep, potentially more than one day
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Depression

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