What is included in follow-up care for methamphetamine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: John R Richards, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Referral to a drug treatment center and/or psychiatrist may be indicated. Studies of methamphetamine-dependent patients have found that methamphetamine withdrawal is marked by sleep disruption. Withdrawal symptoms typically resolve over 2 to 3 weeks, and particularly in the first week. Depression typically improves during that time, but anxiety may not. [84, 85]  

To date, phase II trials have yet to identify a pharmacologic agent that is strongly effective in helping patients achieve abstinence from methamphetamine. However, agents with novel therapeutic targets appear promising. [86]


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