Amphetamines are synthetic sympthetomimetic amines that are powerful CNS stimulators, of few of which, in particular dextroamphetamine (18.104.22.168) and methylphenidate (22.214.171.124), are sometimes used for treating depressive conditions. They elevate mood, stimulate motor activity, vigilance, and allow one to concentrate better. However, depending on the dosage and personality of the patient, it may cause various degrees of euphoria, which frequently leads to dependence and addiction.
The quantity of amphetamines competent for medicinal use is seriously limited, and their synthesis and properties will be examined in detail in Chapter 8, "Central Nervous System Stimulants."
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