Dexedrine / Dextroamphetamine
What is Dexedrine?
Dexedrine (generic name: dextroamphetamine sulfate) is a long- or short-acting capsule, taken orally, that is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children ages 3-12, adolescents, and adults. It is an amphetamine.
Dexedrine may improve focus and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior, two hallmark symptoms for some patients with ADHD.
Dexedrine Vs. Adderall
It is the brand name for dextroamphetamine sulfate; meanwhile Adderall is the brand name for dextroamphetamine/levoamphetamine salts. Both are stimulant medications prescribed to treat ADHD. They both contain forms of the synthetic compound amphetamine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. The two active forms of the synthetic compound amphetamine are dextro(d)-amphetamine and levo(l)-amphetamine, and d-amphetamine is considered stronger.
Dexedrine contains d-amphetamine, while Adderall contains a 3:1 mixture of immediate-release d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine. Dexedrine and Adderall typically share the same side effects and are classified as Schedule II drugs by the FDA, meaning they carry a high risk of abuse and addiction.
Report to your doctor any new blood-flow problems, pain, skin color changes, or sensitivities to temperature while taking Dexedrine.
Amphetamines like Dexedrine have a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among people who do not have ADHD. It is a “Schedule II Stimulant,” a designation that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses for drugs with a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule II drugs include Adderall, Ritalin, and cocaine. People with a history of drug abuse should use caution when trying this medication. Taking the medication exactly as prescribed can reduce potential for abuse.
The above is not a complete list of potential side effects. If you notice any health changes not listed above, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not take Dexedrine if you:
- Have an existing heart condition or hardening of the arteries
- Have high blood pressure
- Have glaucoma
- Are very anxious, tense, or agitated
- Have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within 14 days
- Have an allergy to amphetamines, other stimulant medications, or other ingredients in Dexedrine
You should use caution taking this drug if you have mental problems, tics or Tourette’s syndrome, thyroid problems, seizures, or circulation problems.
If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, discuss the use of this drug with your doctor. Animal studies indicate a potential risk of fetal harm. Store this drug in a secure place out of the reach of children, and at room temperature. Do not share your Dexedrine prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause harm.
What Are the Side Effects of Dexedrine?
Most people taking this drug do not experience side effects. That said, the most common side effects of this drug are as follows:
- irregular heartbeat
- decreased appetite
- sleep disruptions
- stomach upset
- weight loss
- dry mouth
Serious Side Effects:
- slowed growth in children
- changes in eyesight