Short-term Effects: From High to Low
- Sense of well-being
- Increased alertness/wakefulness
- Increased stamina
- Decreased appetite
- Increased sexual arousal
Signs of Abuse
Long-term Health Consequences
- Aggressive, violent behavior
- Tremors and/or convulsions
- Hallucinations (visual and auditory)
- Paranoia (including the perception of insects crawling on the skin)
- Schizophrenia-like psychosis
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2011 -
- Update Date: 11/07/2011 -