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Symptoms of Ephedrine Addiction

What’s the Difference Between Ephedrine Abuse and Ephedrine Addiction?

Not all cases of ephedrine abuse constitute as an ephedrine addiction, although without the proper ephedrine addiction treatment early on, causes of ephedrine abuse may become full blown cases of addiction. But what’s the difference and how can you tell? In all cases, one who is addicted to a substance will display withdrawal symptoms during lapses in use. This is the marked sign of physical addiction, and may give users a clue as to how ephedrine may be causing permanent damage- however, withdrawal is not the only form of addiction once must be concerned with when considering getting help or treatment. Although withdrawal is an easy way to identify physical addiction, identifying a psychological addiction to ephedrine may be more difficult if the user in question is in denial. One may be psychologically addicted to ephedrine but not physically addicted. In these instances, monitoring one’s psychological well being is crucial. Manic changes in behavior may be indicative of a mental addiction to ephedrine. In short, ephedrine abuse is the recreational use of ephedrine without the physical and psychological aspects of the condition. Ephedrine addiction in many cases is not voluntary, but a physical and psychological compulsion to indulge in the substance. eventually the high ascribed to ephedrine is no longer experienced by those who suffer from an addiction to the drug; addiction becomes such that taking ephedrine is critical to function normally.  

Red Flags of Ephedrine Substance Abuse

Ephedrine is used to treat some health conditions, but red flags for abuse may show themselves in the following ways:  
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Presence of unidentified pills
  • Social groups only consist of drug users
  • Development of anxiety or paranoia disorders

What Are the Symptoms of Ephedrine Addiction?

Ephedrine addiction causes both physical and psychological effects, which are eventually addressed and allayed during detox treatment for ephedrine and subsequent ephedrine addiction treatment.    

Physical Symptoms of Ephedrine Addiction

  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Agitation, Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Frequent Urination
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Liver Damage
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Shut Down of the Central Nervous System
  • Stroke
  • Overdose from Ephedrine
  • Coma
  • Death

Psychological Symptoms of Ephedrine Addiction

  • Chronic Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Hostility
  • Panic

Treating the Symptoms of Ephedrine Addiction

Getting a handle on ephedrine addiction is imperative to preventing permanent physical and psychological damage in the long run. The effects of ephedrine appear in all aspects of life, and are not limited to the spectrum of health, but affect personal relationships, financial stability, and overall equilibrium. Attempting to overcome the symptoms of ephedrine addiction on your own is dangerous without the presence of a certified medical staff. As with all stimulant drugs, life threatening conditions may arise during the detoxification process which may result in coma and death. Never attempt to undergo withdrawal on your own and seek help from a specialized ephedrine addiction treatment program. Knowing when to get help for addiction can prevent a fatal overdose from ephedrine and save you and those around you the misery of spiraling further into addiction.    

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