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AMPHETAMINES

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A group of drugs closely related to ADRENALINE which act by stimulating the SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM. When taken by mouth they have a profound stimulating effect on the brain, producing a sense of well-being and confidence and seemingly increasing the capacity for mental work. They are, however, drugs of DEPENDENCE and their medical use is now strictly limited – for example, to the treatment of NARCOLEPSY.

Because amphetamines inhibit appetite, they rapidly achieved a reputation for slimming purposes. However, they should not be used for this purpose; their dangers far outweigh their advantages.

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