Methcathinone is a psychoactive stimulant with side effects, dangers and withdrawal symptoms similar to methamphetamine. However, unlike methamphetamine, Methcathinone is not legal in the United States under any circumstances because it is a DEA Schedule l controlled substance in the country.
Methcathinone is often used for recreational purposes due to the stimulation it provides and much of its effects while under the influence, are similar to cocaine. When used recreationally, the drug is typically snorted but has also known to be taken orally, smoked or injected. Before becoming a schedule l controlled substance, Methcathinone was prescribed to patients for morbid obesity and narcolepsy, due to its ability to block hunger and reduce fatigue, and ADHD. Common street names for Methcathinone include:
- Meth's Cat
- Meth's Kitten
- Bathtub Speed
Methcathinone Abuse Side Effects
While under the influence of Methcathinone, individuals typically experience the same effects as other drugs that stimulate the central nervous system including reducing fatigue, blocking hunger, impulsive and erratic behavior, boosting energy, and causing a jittery sensation. With a higher dose, the drug user may experience irritability, anxiety or severe depression, and paranoia.
Other side effects the user may experience after using Methcathinone include euphoria, increased alertness, slurred speech, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, an increased sense of communication, exaggerated empathy, increased sexual desire and function, inability to stop talking, and loss of cognitive ability. These affects may last anywhere from four to six hours after ingesting Methcathinone It is possible to overdose on Methcathinone due to mainly to the negative effect it has on the heart rate and in more severe cases will cause shallow breathing and overstimulation of the central nervous system.