Humanities
PSY630 Ashford University Pharmacological Aspects of Amphetamine Paper

PSY630

ashford university

Question Description

Select a psychoactive drug that is of pharmacological interest to you, but not one you will review as part of your Critical Review or one that was included in your previous Rapid Reviews. For this paper, you may choose drugs of abuse; however, the paper must focus on the pharmacology of the drug and not on the social or addictive aspects. If you focus on addiction and social impact, your paper will not receive credit.

In addition to the text, research a minimum of three peer-reviewed articles published within the last five years on your selected drug. Prepare a three-page summary of the drug using the PSY630 Rapid Review Example paper (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as a guide.
In your Rapid Review, analyze and explain the pharmacological aspects of the drug as they relate to the following: neurotransmitters affected, receptors, route of administration, half-life, doses, side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, and other important facets of the drug. Explain these aspects of the drug in terms of the psychiatric disorders indicated for the drug and the issue(s) associated with that use. If there is no accepted therapeutic use for the drug, evaluate and describe the actions of the drug with regard to the abuse process.

The paper:

  • Must be three to five double-spaced pages in length, excluding title page and references page, and it must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  • Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Your name
    • Course name and number
    • Your instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must use at least three peer-reviewed sources in addition to the text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Final Answer

Attached.

Running head: PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG REVIEW

Psychoactive Drug Review
Name
Course Name and Number
Instructor’s Name
Date

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PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG REVIEW

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Introduction
A psychoactive drug, also referred to as a psychotropic substance refers to a chemical
substance that acts primarily upon the Central Nervous System (CNS) whereby it alters the
functioning of the brain, thereby resulting in temporary changes in perceptions, mood,
consciousness, behaviors as well as thoughts of those who take them. There are both legal and
illegal psychoactive drugs, which include tobacco and alcohol for legal psychoactive drugs, and
cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, for illegal drugs. The following analysis
reviews amphetamine drugs as an example of the psychoactive drugs.
General Description
Amphetamine is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant that affects chemicals in the
brain and nerves that contribute to impulse control as well as hyperactivity. Amphetamine is
used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is especially with the case
of the Evekeo brand of amphetamine, which also treats narcolepsy and obesity (Leichti, 2015).
The amphetamine psychoactive drug is considered as a drug of abuse because of its habitforming tendencies. As a stimulant, the drug has been responsible for causing stroke, heart
attack, as well as sudden death among patients suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease,
as well as a heart defect. As such, it is not advisable for a patient to use amphetamine if he or she
has used a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as iso...

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