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Once they are addicted, the heroin abusers' primary purpose in life becomes seeking and using heroin. Heroin literally changes their brains.
Heroin can cause infection of heart lining and valves.
One of the most detrimental side effectst of heroin, is heroin addiction itself.
At intoxicating doses, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result in decreased reflex responses and slower reaction times.
is a central nervous system stimulant, similar to amphetamines in the nature
and duration of its effects. It is believed that it works by activating the
brain stem arousal system and cortex. Pharmacologically, it works on the neurotransmitter
dopamine, and in that respect resembles the stimulant characteristics of cocaine.
When taken in accordance with usual prescription instructions, it would be classified
as having mild to moderate stimulant properties, but when snorted or injected
it has a strong stimulant effect.
Ritalin side effects include
but are not limited to:
- drug addiction
- nervousness and insomnia
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- changes in heart rate
and blood pressure (usually elevation of both, but occasionally depression)
- skin rashes and itching
- abdominal pain
- weight loss
- digestive problems
- toxic psychosis
- psychotic episodes
- severe depression upon
- loss of appetite (may
cause serious malnutrition)
- tremors and muscle twitching
- fevers, convulsions,
and headaches (may be severe)
- irregular heartbeat and
respiration (may be profound and life threatening)
- anxiety, restlessness
- paranoia, hallucinations,
- excessive repetition
of movements and meaningless tasks
- while death due to non-medical
use of Ritalin is not common, it has been known to occur.
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