What is Meth ?
Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, crystal, tina, ice and glass is the second most popular illicit drug in the world. Methamphetamine is an addictive central nervous system stimulant. It can be prescribed to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and short term treatment of obesity under the brand name Desoxyn.
How long does meth stay in your System ?
The length of time that the methamphetamine remains detectable in your system depends on several factors. Various testing methods have different estimated time ranges after a person has taken the drug and the detection time ranges for blood, urine, hair and saliva tests are listed below:
Blood tests can detect methamphetamine within 1-2 hours after ingestion and for up to 3 days after last use. Blood tests are highly accurate but fairly expensive than urine tests and more invasive than other tests.
Urine tests can detect methamphetamine within 2-5 hours after ingestion and for up to 3 – 7 days after last use. These tests are cheap and they do not require invasive methods to get a testing sample.
A hair follicle test can detect methamphetamine in your system for up to 90 – 120 days after last use. These tests are less accurate and more expensive than other forms of testing and more invasive than urine testing.
Saliva tests can detect methamphetamine within 30 minutes to an hour after ingestion and for up to 1-4 days after last use. Saliva tests are less accurate, more expensive and non invasive.
Factors that affect How Long Meth Stays in Your System
How long meth stays in your system will depend on the person physical, physiological, mental and other several factors including:
- Metabolic rate
- Kidney and liver function
- The amount of meth you use
- Route of administration
- Frequency of use
- Dosage at last use
- The type of test used to detect the drug
- Presence of other drug or alcohol abuse
- Mental factors such as anxiety and depression
Effects of Meth
Adverse short – term side effects of methamphetamine use may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Poor balance and coordination
- Mood changes
- Motor excitation
- Time distortion
Adverse long – term side effects of methamphetamine use may include:
- Dental problems
- Sleeping problems
- Memory loss
- Violent behavior
- Brain function changes
- Extreme weight loss
- damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
- high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
Meth rehabilitation options
Methamphetamine abused people should consult your physician. They can follow a wide range of addiction treatment programs to recover through detox, behavioral therapy, group support and mental health treatment under the guidance of a medical professional. There is no FDA-approved medication to treat methamphetamine abuse.
Prof. Venkata Kiran Kumar Mandlem is Head Of Department in CMR College of pharmacy Hyderabad . He Completed PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Andhra University . More info about him MV Kiran Linkedin