Amphetamines are a stimulant drug most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and young adults. Amphetamines are also prescribed, though less often today than in the past, as an appetite suppressant as part of a weight reduction regimen. Amphetamines are used, outside of accepted FDA-approved prescription use, to stay awake and as an athletic performance enhancer, among other illegal uses. Prescription amphetamines include:
Amphetamines are often referred to as bennies, black beauties, crank, ice, speed and uppers. Amphetamines are typically taken orally. They can be injected, snorted, and a form called “ice,” which is crystallized methamphetamine hydrochloride, is smoked.