What is dextroamphetamine?
Dextroamphetamine is a prescription drug. It comes in three forms: oral tablet, oral extended-release capsule, and oral solution.
Dextroamphetamine oral tablet isn’t available in a brand-name version. It’s only available in a generic version. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name drugs.
This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means may you need to take it with other drugs.
Dextroamphetamine is a controlled substance. This means its use is regulated by the government.
Why it’s used
This drug is used to treat the sleeping disorder narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
How it works
It belongs to a class of drugs called central nervous system stimulants. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t fully understood how dextroamphetamine works to treat narcolepsy and ADHD.
Dextroamphetamine oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.
More common side effects Of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate
The more common side effects that can occur with dextroamphetamine include:
- fast heartbeat
- decreased appetite
- trouble sleeping
- upset stomach
- weight loss
- dry mouth
- feeling anxious
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects Of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:
- skin rash
- swelling of your face, lips, or tongue
- Heart problems. Symptoms may include:
- chest pain or tightness
- high blood pressure or fast, irregular heartbeat
- trouble breathing
- Mental problems. Symptoms may include:
- seizures, especially in people with a history of seizures
- Vision problems, including:
- blurred vision
- other changes in eyesight
- Circulation problems, including:
- fingers or toes that feel numb, cold, or hurt
- Movement problems, including:
- muscle twitching
- trouble walking, feeling dizzy, or losing balance or coordination
- uncontrollable movements in your head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg
- Slowed growth in children (height and weight)
- Painful or prolonged erection
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