Amphetamine has an ability to promote a state of wakefulness, alertness and greater focus. This is thought to be why it is a valuable type of medication for those who suffer from certain medical conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Prescription amphetamine can be used safely under the strict supervision of a medical professional, but there is a potential for misuse.
Amphetamine is sometimes confused with its more dangerous cousin, methamphetamine, but amphetamine is distinct in that its effects can be harnessed for medical purposes whereas methamphetamine is too strong, too addictive and too damaging to be used medicinally. Methamphetamine is illegal throughout the world. Street names for amphetamine include, Speed, Whizz and Phet.