Last Updated: November 17, 2022

1,3-DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) is a neural stimulant with a structure similar to ephedrine and adrenaline that has been used as a pre-workout stimulant. Not much information is available on 1,3-DMAA supplementation, and is no longer commonly sold as a supplement.

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Structure and Function

DMAA is a straight chain, 7 carbon, aliphitic amine with a structural similarity to amphetamine, methamphetamine, and MDMA.[1] It was first introduced as a nasal decongestant[2] but more recently is used as a neurological stimulant and party pill.

DMAA also shares structural similarity to Propylhexedrine, a stimulant drug and nasodilator which may have fat-burning effects in vivo.

Due to its structural similarities, its mechanism of action may be as an adrenaline mimetic; inducing the same effects as adrenaline and the preceding compounds in vivo. However, direct studies on the pharmacokinetics of DMAA metabolism do not exist.


Safety and Legality


Acute safety

Although seemingly well tolerated in pre-workout supplemental form, DMAA has been linked to a cerebral haemorrhage in a case study with party pill usage.[3]

No long-term toxicity studies are in existence, although acute LD50 of DMAA has been established at 39mg/kg bodyweight intravenous injection and 185mg/kg bodyweight intraperitoneal injection.[4] Theoretically well below what can be achieved via oral ingestion.



DMAA, touted as being a component of geraniums, has been failed to be detected in geranium oil in one independent lab analysis.[5]


Drug Testing in Competitions

DMAA causes a false positive for amphetamines in drug-tested sports competitions and should not be used by athletes being moderated by a drugs ethics association.[1]


Effect on Blood Pressure

DMAA alone and in combination with Caffeine has been shown in a double blind trial to significantly increase blood pressure, but had not effect on heart rate.[6]

1.^Vorce SP, Holler JM, Cawrse BM, Magluilo J JrDimethylamylamine: a drug causing positive immunoassay results for amphetaminesJ Anal Toxicol.(2011 Apr)
2.^[No authors listedNEW and nonofficial remedies: methylhexamine; forthaneJ Am Med Assoc.(1950 Jul 29)
3.^Gee P, Jackson S, Easton JAnother bitter pill: a case of toxicity from DMAA party pillsN Z Med J.(2010 Dec 17)
5.^Lisi A, Hasick N, Kazlauskas R, Goebel CStudies of methylhexaneamine in supplements and geranium oilDrug Test Anal.(2011 Nov-Dec)