People who are dependent on speed, base or ice may find it very hard to stop using or cut down because of withdrawal symptoms.

These can include:

  • tiredness
  • hunger
  • chest pains
  • feeling confused, anxious or agitated
  • weight loss
  • deep depression (feeling very down or sad)
  • being nervy or restless
  • feeling angry or upset
  • long but disturbed sleep
  • wanting speed very badly (cravings).

These symptoms are usually fairly short-lived and most withdrawing people don’t need medication. However, if you are worried about withdrawal, contact your doctor or health centre.

Mixing with other drugs:

Methamphetamine is sometimes used with other drugs to offset the effects. Some people take drugs such as minor tranquilizers, alcohol, marijuana or heroin to help them sleep.

This can make you dependent on several drugs at once, leading to serious physical and psychological problems. Mixing drugs can also make you more likely to overdose.