What is stimulant?

  • (adj): That stimulates.
    Example: "Stimulant phenomena"
    Synonyms: stimulating
    See also — Additional definitions below


Stimulants (also referred to as psychostimulants) are psychoactive drugs which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical function or both. Examples of these kinds of effects may include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and locomotion, among others. Due to their effects typically having an "up" quality to them, stimulants are also occasionally referred to as "uppers". Depressants or "downers", which decrease mental and/or physical function, are in stark contrast to stimulants and are considered to be their functional opposites. Stimulants are widely used throughout the world as prescription medicines and as illicit substances of recreational use or abuse.

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Some articles on stimulant:

... Bromantane is a stimulant drug with anxiolytic properties developed in Russia during the late 1980s, which acts mainly by inhibiting the reuptake of both dopamine and serotonin in the brain ... Atlanta Olympic Games, following which it was added to the banned list as a stimulant and masking agent ... It is considered novel having both stimulant and anti-anxiety properties ...
... to as dimetamfetamine and N,N-dimethylamphetamine, is a stimulant drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes ... Dimethylamphetamine has weaker stimulant effects than amphetamine or methamphetamine and is considerably less addictive and less neurotoxic compared to methamphetamine ... However, it still retains some mild stimulant effects and abuse potential, and is a Schedule I controlled drug ...
Stimulant - Testing
... The presence of stimulants in the body may be tested by a variety of procedures ... Serum and urine are the common sources of testing material although saliva is sometimes used ...
... LR-5182 is a stimulant drug which acts as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor, structurally related to the better known drug fencamfamine ... studies, discovery of monoamine reuptake inhibition activity and stimulant effects in drugs of this type has subsequently led to the development of many other ...
Cardiac Stimulant
... A cardiac stimulant is a substance which acts as a stimulant of the heart -- for example, via positive chronotropic or inotropic action ... Examples of cardiac stimulant drugs are cocaine and methamphetamine ...

More definitions of "stimulant":

  • (noun): A drug that temporarily quickens some vital process.
    Synonyms: stimulant drug

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