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Skin effects associated with methamphetamine.

Author: Dr Diana Purvis, Dermatology Registrar, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland.

What is methamphetamine?

The amphetamines are stimulant medications.

Methamphetamine may be used as a drug of abuse. Street names for methamphetamine include: meth, crystal meth, speed, pure, ice, crank, glass and P.

Skin effects of methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine may cause side effects including skin problems.

Rarely, allergic reactions have been reported.

As with other drugs of abuse which are injected intravenously or subcutaneously, soft tissue infections (cellulitis) related to methamphetamine use are the most frequent cause of hospital presentation.

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