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Short and Long Term Effects

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that makes you feel awake and more aware for a short period of time. But quickly afterward, you feel very tired, nervous, and dizzy and can�t concentrate. Meth affects your vision, too. Imagine having all these problems while you�re behind the wheel.

Short-Term Effects

  • A rush or high
  • Increased respiration
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Convulsions
  • Stroke
  • Feeling wide awake
  • Increased physical activity
  • Less appetite
  • Feelings of great pleasure
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Violence
  • Hypothermia
  • Higher heart rate and blood pressure
  • Irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain

Long-Term Effects

  • Acute vision loss
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Strokes and deadly convulsions
  • Intense paranoia
  • Psychotic behavior
  • Memory loss
  • Aggression
  • Brain damage
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart damage and cardiovascular collapse
  • Severe tooth and gum disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unhealthy weight loss
  • Death
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Out-of-control rages and violent episodes
  • Body sores from scratching nonexistent �crank bugs.�
  • Loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain; users become unable to experience natural feelings of pleasure.
  • Serotonin-containing nerve cells may be damaged even more extensively.
  • Those who inject the drug suffer exposure to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.