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Stimulants and Amphetamines for Pain

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What they are: Stimulants and amphetamines are substances or medications that stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain that increase alertness and concentration.

Examples include: Caffeine, Dexedrine (chemical name: dextroamphetamine), Ritalin (chemical name: methylphenidate), Provigil (chemical name: modafinil)

What they're used for: Stimulants and amphetamines are used to increase the pain-relieving action of opioids and reduce drowsiness.

How they're taken: Stimulants and amphetamines are taken by mouth.

Possible side effects include:

Stimulants and amphetamines are not right for everyone who experiences pain, so be sure to talk with your doctor about your unique situation, symptoms, and needs.


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