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Classification: Psychoactive stimulant

Commercial Names: Desoxyn, Pervitin, Philopon, Anadrex, Syndrox

Common Names/Nicknames: Meth, crystal, crystal meth, ice, chalk, crank, glass, speed

Active Compound: Methyl-alpha-methyl-phenyl-ethylamine

Found in: Prescription methamphetamine, methamphetamine crystals, injectable methamphetamine


Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, inhalation (smoking), insufflation, injection

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule II, legal with prescription with restriction (prescription methamphetamine), illegal in all states (crystal form).


Euphoria, increased activity, anorexia, dilated pupils, skin flushing, increased libido, hallucinations


Acute: Headache, dry mouth, teeth grinding, restlessness, twitching, diarrhea, accidental injury, hostility, increased heart rate, hypertension, hyperthermia, convulsions, coma, fatal overdose

Chronic: addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, dental damage (bruxism), amphetamine psychosis, paranoid schizophrenia, depression, suicidal tendencies, brain damage, increased risk of Parkinson’s disease

Inhalation (smoking): lung damage, “meth mouth;” Insufflation: nasal septum damage

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Potentially fatal combination with other stimulants, depressants/sedatives, and seizure medications. Potentially dangerous mix with acetaminophen/paracetamol (Brand names: Tylenol, Triaminic, Panadol) and medications with risk of seizure.

Special Considerations:

Methamphetamine can be synthesized using make-shift laboratories and readily available chemicals. However, the byproducts and solvents of these reactions are known to be incredibly dangerous and volatile, often leading to fires and explosions.

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