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ICD-10 code: F15.1

Chapter: Mental and behavioural disorders

What is Other Stimulant Abuse?

Stimulant drugs are substances that increase activity in the brain and body. They can be used legally, such as prescription medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or illegally, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

Other stimulant abuse refers to the non-medical use of stimulants that are not classified as traditional drugs of abuse, such as caffeine, nicotine, and energy drinks. While these substances may be legal, they can still be abused and have negative consequences on a person's health and well-being.

Signs and Symptoms of Other Stimulant Abuse

People who abuse other stimulants may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:

  1. Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  2. Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  3. Restlessness and agitation
  4. Increased anxiety and paranoia
  5. Excessive sweating and tremors
  6. Decreased appetite and weight loss
  7. Difficulty concentrating and poor memory
Health Risks of Other Stimulant Abuse

While caffeine and nicotine may be legal and commonly consumed, excessive use can have negative health consequences. Energy drinks, which often contain high levels of caffeine and sugar, can also lead to health problems.

Some of the health risks associated with other stimulant abuse include:

  1. Cardiovascular problems, such as irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure
  2. Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  3. Anxiety and panic attacks
  4. Increased risk of stroke
  5. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
  6. Digestive problems, such as stomach ulcers and acid reflux
Treatment for Other Stimulant Abuse

If you or someone you know is struggling with other stimulant abuse, it is important to seek professional help. Treatment options may include:

  1. Counseling and therapy to address underlying mental health issues and addictive behaviors
  2. Medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  3. Support groups and peer counseling to provide ongoing support and accountability
  4. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, to promote overall health and well-being

With the right treatment and support, it is possible to overcome other stimulant abuse and live a healthy, fulfilling life.