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What is AMT?

  • Description of AMT?

    Alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT), a tryptamine class chemical, is a long-lasting psychoactive drug that causes hallucinations and other psychedelic effects, euphoria, and otherwise works as a stimulant. AMT has recently emerged in as a club and rave drug.

  • What is the Scientific Name of AMT?

  • What is the Chemical Formula of AMT?


What is the Origin of AMT?

AMT was discovered by scientists at Upjohn in the 1960s and developed as a potential antidepressant, along with alpha-ethyltryptamine (AET), due to its MAOI properties.  AET was eventually marketed by the Upjohn Company as Monase, but is now a Schedule 1 drug. AMT was available in the 60's in the Soviet Union in 5 and 10 mg tablets under the name of Indopan, often sold in conjunction with foxy methoxy (5-methoxy-diisopropyltryptamine). The use of AMT use remained uncommon elsewhere, until abuse of the drug increased in the 1990s, prompting its federal ban by the DEA.

Alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT) is a Schedule I Drug.

What are the Common Street Names of AMT?

  • IT-290
  • Alpha
  • Amtrak
  • Amthrax
  • Spirals

How is AMT Used?


AMT is usually obtained in a crystalline powder with an orange or off-white or hue. The powder can be mixed with water for ingestion, or formed into pills or capsules. It can also inhaled through the nose or smoked. A typical AMT dose is 20 to 40 milligrams. The drug is most often purchased from chemical companies on the Internet.

How Long Does AMT Stay in Your System?

The effects of AMT, foxy methoxy, and other tryptamines are highly dose-dependent. A 20–30 milligram dose of AMT causes moderate effects of euphoria, empathy, and psychedelic effects, and can last as long as 12 hours. A strong dose exceeding 40 mg might cause effects that exceed 24 hours. Some users smoke AMT in freebase form with doses of between and 2–5 milligrams.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Short-Term AMT Use?

  • What are the Short-Term Effects of AMT Use on the Body?

    • Euphoria
    • Blurry Vision
    • Closed Eye Visuals (CEVs)
    • Euphoria
    • Jaw Tension
    • Mydriasis
    • Nausea
    • Open Eyes Visuals (OEVs)
    • Sleeping Difficulty
    • Tachycardia
  • What are the Short-Term Effects of AMT Use on Behavior?

    • Anxiety
    • Confusion
    • Empathy
    • Irritability
    • Mood Lift
    • Nervous Tension
    • Restlessness

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Long-Term AMT Addiction?

  • What are the Long-Term Effects of AMT Use on the Body?

    • Risk of Serotonergic Neurotoxicity (chronic loss of serotonin)
  • What are the Long-Term Effects of AMT Use on Behavior?

    • Altered perceptions
    • Hallucinations
    • You Might be at Risk of Harm as a Result of Fear

How to diagnose if you are Addicted to AMT?

  • Signs that may indicate AMT Addiction include:

    • Changes in Behavior
    • Changes in Mood
    • Changes in Day to Day Life
    • Suffering from Financial Difficulties
    • Suffering from Legal Troubles

What are the Withdrawal Effects of AMT?

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches or General Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Shakes
  • Temperature Changes

How is AMT Addiction Treated?

Treatment of AMT intoxication is generally similar to treatments offered for 5-MeO-DIPT (foxy methoxy) intoxication, and consists primarily of supportive measures, treating symptoms with benzodiazepines and rest. Although is rare to experience life-threatening medical reactions to tryptamine compounds, case reports do connect these two drugs with severe hyperthermia (elevated body temperature). Vital signs should monitored, with accurate rectal or core temperatures repeated if the patient deteriorates. Aggressive fluid resuscitation will help to maintain adequate urine output and reduce the risk of rhabdomyolysis (break down of muscle tissue that leads to kidney damage).

Physical addictions to AMT are unlikely to occur, but treatment for psychological dependency should be administered through inpatient, outpatient or residential treatment facilities. Therapies should include individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, behavioral modification therapy, and chemical dependency education.

What is the Extent of AMT Use?

Alpha-methyltryptamine was known as a drug of abuse during the 1960s, but never gained widespread use. During the 1990s AMT had a brief surge in popularity due to its unregulated legal status and availability for sale on the Internet. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) formally regulated AMT in 2004 and it was listed as a Schedule I drug in 2005. While possession of the drug is likely to be considered a crime in the U.S., it is still available from foreign suppliers over the Internet, and is legal in many countries.

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