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Adderall, Methamphetamine and Amphetamine: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between amphetamine (Adderall) and methamphetamine (ice)?  As it turns out, not a whole lot.


ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta are commonly used as ‘smart drugs’ – most people who take amphetamines don’t have a prescription.  They’re popular among students for their focus- and performance-enhancing qualities, but their negative side effects include headaches, nausea, decreased libido, insomnia and agitation.

So what do ice and Adderall have in common?

First of all, they have an almost identical chemical makeup.  They are both stimulants.  Their effects on the user include increased heart rate, energy and alertness, and feelings of euphoria or grandiosity.  Because of their similar effects, Adderall is considered to be just as addictive and dangerous as meth.


How are amphetamines and methamphetamine different?

The main difference lies in how quickly and intensely meth affects the user.  The slightly different chemical structure of ice means its uptake into the brain happens at a much faster speed, and produces more noticeably pronounced effects.  Ice is also far more socially stigmatized.

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