Amphetamine Toxicity


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Amphetamine abuse is widespread, and overdose is associated with significant and negative impacts on the cardiovascular and neurological systems. Patients may present with psychiatric and medical problems that may include seizures, arrhythmias, and psychosis. These patients need aggressive supportive care in a quiet environment with close monitoring. This activity examines when amphetamine toxicity should be considered on differential diagnosis and how to properly evaluate for it. This activity highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for affected patients.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the epidemiology of amphetamine toxicity.
  • Describe history and physical exam findings that may be present in patients with amphetamine toxicity.
  • Outline the treatment and management options available for amphetamine toxicity,
  • Explain the need for a well-integrated, interprofessional team approach to improve care for patients with amphetamine toxicity.


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