Side Effects of Crystal Meth

Crystal meth, also known as "tina", "tweak", "ice", or "glass", is methamphetamine in crystalline form. Crystal meth is a powerful stimulant, which at times can cause users to be up for days or even weeks. The high produces extreme euphoria and energy, which can last up to twelve hours or more. Crystal meth can me smoked, shot up intravenously ("slammed"), snorted, taken orally or through the anus. Addicts often experience crystal meth side effects.

Crystal meth is a highly addictive drug that has many side effects. One major side effect is extreme loss of appetite causing users to lose weight at a rapid pace. Physically, users continue to diminish in size suggesting a red flag to peers. Another major reason to use meth is the increased libido effect and desire to have sex. Many crystal meth users take the drug in conjunction with having sex. Mixing crystal meth with sexual intercourse can prove very dangerous as most of the time inhibitions go out the window causing users to engage in risky sexual behavior, such as unprotected sex with multiple sex partners. This raises the chances of contracting STD's, including HIV/AIDS.

Physically, crystal meth take a serious toll on the body. Many users can develop acne and sores from scratching imaginary bugs. Skin looses it's elasticity and many times can appear gray. Long-term meth use also causes rapid tooth decay, also known as "meth mouth", which many times leads to the loss of teeth.

Other Side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Jaw-clenching
  • Extreme irritability/agitation
  • Violence
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Heightened heart rate and blood pressure
  • Depression

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