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1,3-Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), also known as AMP Citrate, is a stimulant drug that is often used in pre-workout supplements and weight loss products. It is structurally similar to amphetamines and is believed to have similar effects, although its safety and efficacy have not been thoroughly studied.

Chemistry[edit | edit source]

1,3-Dimethylbutylamine is a simple alkylamine with the chemical formula C8H19N. It is a colorless liquid at room temperature and has a strong, unpleasant odor. The molecule consists of a butyl group attached to a methyl group, with an amine group at the other end.

Uses[edit | edit source]

DMBA is often found in pre-workout supplements and weight loss products, where it is used for its stimulant effects. It is believed to increase energy, focus, and endurance, although these effects have not been scientifically proven. Some users also report a mood-enhancing effect.

Safety and Side Effects[edit | edit source]

The safety of DMBA is not well-studied. It is structurally similar to amphetamines, which can have serious side effects including heart problems, high blood pressure, and addiction. Some users have reported side effects such as rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and anxiety after taking products containing DMBA.

Regulation[edit | edit source]

In many countries, including the United States, DMBA is not approved for use in dietary supplements. However, it is often found in such products, sometimes labeled as "AMP Citrate" or other names. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to companies selling products containing DMBA, stating that it is not a dietary ingredient and cannot be used in dietary supplements.

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