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Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530909.001.0001

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Medical uses of amphetamines

(p.29) Chapter 3 Medical uses of amphetamines
Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin

Leslie Iversen

Oxford University Press

Amphetamine was first introduced into medicine as the ‘Benzedrine inhaler’ in 1932, followed soon after by pill forms of the drug. As with many new medicines, amphetamine was at first embraced enthusiastically by the medical profession as a valuable and completely safe treatment for many ailments and it rapidly became enormously popular. It was only later that the potential hazards associated with amphetamine use became apparent. In practice, the genuine medical uses of amphetamine proved to be far more limited and few of the original indications remain current today. This chapter reviews the medical uses which gained the most acceptance, even though most of these are no longer current, such as amphetamine's use as decongestant, and treatment for narcolepsy, depression, and ADHD.

Keywords:   Benzedrine, decongestants, narcolepsy, ADHD, medical uses, depression

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