Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
What Is It?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant. It is stronger and more addictive than other amphetamines. HIV negative MSM users of this drug have five times the risk of contracting HIV.
How Its Taken
It is smoked or injected.
The following effects take a few seconds to be felt:
Feelings of pleasure and confidence
Increased alertness and energy
Increased sex drive
Regular use can lead to dependence and mental health issues:
Itching and scratching
Fast heart rate and breathing
Weight loss from lack of eating
What to Watch Out For
Use can quickly lead to addiction which can consume a user’s life.
High doses and frequent use may cause psychosis. This is characterized by paranoid delusions, hallucinations and bizarre, aggressive or violent behavior.
Withdrawl can last up to four weeks, often starting with a deep depression mixed with hopelessness, anxiety and fatigue. This may be followed by several weeks of extreme fatigue. Because people who regularly use this drug lose their appetite, once they stop, they may find themselves physically hungry but mentally uninterested in eating.
Mixing with HIV Meds
Use of Ritonavir can cause double or triple the level of this drug in the bloodstream.