Amphetamines

What are amphetamines?

Amphetamines are potent stimulants that are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity. Amphetamines may also be related to an increased risk, or worsening, of psychoic symptoms. Amphetamines are not suggested as an adjuctive treatment, but rather as an investigation into their effects on symptoms.

What is the evidence for amphetamines?

Moderate quality evidence suggests single-dose dexamfetamine or methylphenidate increases severity or frequency of positive symptoms, particularly in patients who are not in remission.

March 2019

Last updated at: 10:09 pm, 20th March 2019
To view documentation related to this topic download the files below
Fact Sheet Technical Commentary

NeuRA Libraries

Title Colour Legend:
Green - Topic summary is available.
Orange - Topic summary is being compiled.
Red - Topic summary has no current systematic review available.