Parkinson’s Disease Linked to Use of Amphetamine Drugs

A new study to be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology says that users of amphetamine drugs like benzedrine and dexedrine have a heightened risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. According to a follow-up review of more than 66,000 volunteers who participated in the Multiphasic Health Checkup Cohort Exam between 1964 and 1973, users of amphetamines were 60 percent more likely than those who did not take the drugs to develop Parkinson’s.

The drugs in question, which are commonly used to improve focus and increase wakefulness in patients suffering from narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — and which some doctors have illicitly prescribed off-label for weight loss purposes  Continue reading