6C46.20/F15.2 Stimulant dependence including amphetamines, methamphetamine or methcathinone, current use



Stimulant dependence is caused by long-term use of stimulant drugs such as amphetamines, methamphetamine or methcathinone. The drugs produce a feeling of euphoria, alertness, and increased energy, which can lead to an increase in use and dependence.


Stimulant dependence is diagnosed based on a patient’s history of drug use, physical symptoms, and laboratory tests. Symptoms of stimulant dependence include increased tolerance, difficulty sleeping, increased anxiety, irritability, and cravings. Laboratory tests may include urine or blood tests to detect the presence of the drug in the body.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis for stimulant dependence includes other substance use disorders, mood disorders, and other medical causes.


Treatment for stimulant dependence typically involves a combination of behavioral and pharmacological interventions. Behavioral interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and 12-step programs can help patients reduce their stimulant use and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Pharmacological interventions may include medications such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and antipsychotics to help manage symptoms.


The prognosis for stimulant dependence is largely dependent on the severity of the condition and the patient’s commitment to treatment. With effective treatment, patients can reduce their stimulant use, reduce their risk of relapse, and improve their overall quality of life.

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