Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that produce alertness, wakefulness, increased energy, reduced hunger, and overall feeling of well-being. They are chemically related to the human body’s natural catecholamines: epinephrine and norepinephrine. Large doses and extended usage can result in higher tolerance levels and physiological dependency leading to substance abuse. The effect of Amphetamines generally last 2-4 hours following use, and the drug has a half-life of 4-24 hours in the body. About 30% of Amphetamines are excreted in the urine in unchanged form, with the remainder as hydroxylated and deaminated derivatives. Drug Tests yield a positive result when Amphetamines in urine exceed 500 ng/mL. Also see our available cut-off levels of 300 or 1,000 ng/ml.