Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that falls under the amphetamine group of sympathomimetic amines. In the brain, it triggers the release of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, thus increasing alertness and energy. It is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Methamphetamine is considered a highly addictive drug; hence it is a scheduled drug in most countries.

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Is it necessary to quit using meth if I found out I was pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I have secondary dysmenorrhea and have miscarried twice before finding out this time I was pregnant. I have been using meth now. I feel bad and think I am a horrible person. I want to wean off the drug, but part of me is wondering if I quit both times I found out, this time I still use...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All these drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine have their psychosocial side effect as well as harmful long-term effects on the body. They are just temporary anxiety relieving drugs, not only directly affect brain, bones, reproductive system, mental and phy...  Read Full »

Can consuming Methamphetamine during the end stage of pregnancy result in death of the baby two weeks after delivery?

Query: Hello doctor, A 2-month-old infant died, and the tissue sample showed a trace of Methamphetamine. In addition, the mother tested positive for Methamphetamine two weeks before giving birth. Could the trace of Methamphetamine in the infant come from the mother's usage during the end of pregnancy? Ki...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern Yes, that could be a possibility. Methamphetamine is a fast-acting stimulant that does not stay in the body for long. It has a plasma half-life of 12 to 34 hours. This means that it takes 12 to 34 hours for the amount of Methamphetamine in ...  Read Full »

Can Meth in the system affect my forthcoming surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male, 6 feet and 150 lbs. I am not on any medication. I have a surgery in five hours and I have meth in my system taken about five hours earlier. Should I cancel the surgery or go to the surgery and tell the doctor?   Read Full »

Dr. Manu Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The first thing to do is to share this information with your doctor. He will be a better person to decide whether to postpone the surgery or not. If it is not an emergency or an urgent surgery, I would advise my patients to postpone it till the meth is out of the syste...  Read Full »

I am a meth smoker. I get severe stomach pain, vomiting almost with any food, and feel lumps in stomach.

Query: Dear Doctor, I am a regular meth smoker. I get really bad stomach pain, vomiting almost with any food, and feel lumps in stomach. What should I do? How does smoking meth affect stomach? Does smoking meth cause gastritis?    Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Methamphetamine is a stimulant. Excessive brain stimulation causes hyperactivity of muscles. Because of this, hyperactive muscles can go into spasms and that is the reason you are getting vomiting and feeling lumps. My advise is stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, take...  Read Full »

Can fatty liver caused by prolonged use of Methamphetamine be reversed?

Query: Hi doctor,I was using Methamphetamine for several years. I went to a doctor and had an MRI to find out I have fatty liver, and it is enlarged. I did not have signs of scarring or anything else. I stopped using and started taking care of myself for two or three weeks. Now I went back in, and they did...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Methamphetamine is indeed toxic to the liver. Fatty liver is the initial response of the liver to the insult caused. If it is not controlled, then it can progress to steatosis and eventually cirrhosis (scarring). The good news is that the regenerative capacity...  Read Full »

My penis has become smaller after quiting stimulants. Will it come back to its original size?

Query: Hello doctor, I used to use Methamphetamine, Speed, and other stimulants regularly for around five years. I am now 11 months clean and my penis has not returned to normal size. It is noticeably smaller. I am getting erections as usual and enjoying a clean sex life but will my penis return to its no...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How old are you?  Read Full »

Is local anesthesia dangerous in patients consuming Methamphetamine?

Query: Hello doctor, Does Methamphetamine interfere with local anesthesia? My friend was told she would not have to stop Adderall before surgery. I know that is not the same, but is there anything particularly dangerous about methamphetamine and local anesthesia? What about Phentermine?  Read Full »

Dr. Jadhav Yatish Anant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As such local anesthesia is safe and one can readily go through the procedure. It is recommended to avoid any sort of illicit substances during anesthesia.  Read Full »

Will meth interfere with anesthesia that is given before surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a surgery for rolando fracture tomorrow morning. I am a bit worried about this. I was given meth during a dance festival, day before yesterday evening. I went and got a drug test just to make sure and have been up since then and am hoping I can fall asleep at least a few hours...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Meth intake might cause interactions with anaesthetic medicines which require to be given during surgery. It is never safe and might cause adverse effects during and after anesthesia. Usually pa...  Read Full »

Why are there redness, swelling and pain in the arm after popping a blister in a Meth addict?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 36 years old. He is fit and healthy, rarely gets sick. But he is a Meth addict. He missed the vein when injecting in top part of his wrist. The injection site looks like a small ant bite. It formed a water blister that he popped and put Neosporin on. But his hand is red,...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This looks like a cellulitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is an infection of subcutaneous tissue. He needs antibiotics and blood test. Convince him for visit. He will need a hemogram test, and blood culture to look for the extent of infection....  Read Full »

Can a breast cancer patient use Methamphetamine while on treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, What complications could arise from breast cancer treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation, hormone therapy) if the patient is secretly using Methamphetamine? Can and should a DR refuse treatment if they know of a patient’s Meth use?  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Methamphetamine is CNS stimulant, it can have a lot of own side effects, if the doctor is not aware of drug use, many of the side effects of drugs will be difficult to interpret for doctor, drug use can have interaction with chemo drugs and can increase toxicity of d...  Read Full »

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