Treatment for amphetamine users

Treatment for amphetamine users

Amphetamine dependence is associated with compulsive behaviours, chronic and episodic usage, and development of tolerance and thus a substantial rise in doses.

What works?

  • Some of the drugs used to treat depression (fluoxetine and imipramine) can help amphetamine users stay in treatment in the short and medium term
  • For pregnant women, medications to assist detoxification from stimulants can be used but should be reserved when specific symptoms emerge

What's unclear?

  • There are no data supporting a single treatment approach that can tackle the multidimensional facets of amphetamine addiction patterns

What doesn't work?

  • Pharmacotherapies based on psychostimulants are probably of little value in the treatment of amphetamine dependence
  • Pharmacotherapy for routine treatment of dependent pregnant women is not recommended

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