Matthew Robson
Research Fellow
Last active: 10/19/2015

Methamphetamine-induced toxicity: an updated review on issues related to hyperthermia.

Matsumoto RR, Seminerio MJ, Turner RC, Robson MJ, Nguyen L, Miller DB, O'Callaghan JP
Pharmacol Ther. 2014 144 (1): 28-40

PMID: 24836729 · PMCID: PMC4700537 · DOI:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2014.05.001

Reports of methamphetamine-related emergency room visits suggest that elevated body temperature is a universal presenting symptom, with lethal overdoses generally associated with extreme hyperthermia. This review summarizes the available information on methamphetamine toxicity as it pertains to elevations in body temperature. First, a brief overview of thermoregulatory mechanisms is presented. Next, central and peripheral targets that have been considered for potential involvement in methamphetamine hyperthermia are discussed. Finally, future areas of investigation are proposed, as further studies are needed to provide greater insight into the mechanisms that mediate the alterations in body temperature elicited by methamphetamine.

Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Animals Body Temperature Body Temperature Regulation Central Nervous System Stimulants Dopamine Drug Overdose Fever Humans Methamphetamine

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