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Influence of amphetamines on plasma corticosteroid and growth hormone levels in man

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: (Published 29 November 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:528
  1. G. M. Besser,
  2. P. W. P. Butler,
  3. J. Landon,
  4. Lesley Rees


    Plasma fluorogenic corticosteroid and immunoreactive growth hormone levels rose significantly after the intravenous administration of methylamphetamine to healthy young men at various times of the day. The rise in corticosteroids was most pronounced in the evening and was accompanied by an increase in circulating levels of immunoreactive corticotrophin. Oral dexamphetamine also resulted in significant rises in plasma corticosteroids but not in growth hormone. These hormonal changes were accompanied by evidence of mild central stimulation. Though they may be part of an associated and non-specific response, it is more likely that they represent specific effects of amphetamines on centres in the hypothalamus or midbrain controlling secretion of corticotrophin and growth hormone releasing factors.