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What is Dextroamphetamine?

what is dextroamphetamine

Dextroamphetamine is an FDA-approved, medically reviewed medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders like narcolepsy. This drug medication is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, like Adderall Amphetamine, that works by releasing dopamine.

Dextroamphetamine comes in three different forms: Liquid, tablet, and extended-release (long lasting) capsule. All are consumed by mouth. Tablets are taken two-to-three times daily, extended-release capsules are taken once a day, and the liquid can be taken once or twice daily. Brand names of Dextroamphetamine include:

  • Dextroamphetamine Sulfate
  • Dexedrine
  • Spansules
  • DextroStat
  • Liquadd
  • ProCentra
  • Zenzedi

Dextroamphetamine Effects

When prescribed by a health care professional to treat mental illness like attention deficit, Dextroamphetamine can be helpful to increase attention and lower restlessness to treat ADHD. When prescribed for narcolepsy sleeping disorder, taking Dextroamphetamine enhances alertness. Tell your doctor if you experience the following symptoms: 

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Weight loss
  • Dizziness
  • Increased blood pressure

If you or a loved one experience these side effects from taking Dextroamphetamine, call your doctor immediately and seek medical attention. 

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Signs of Dextroamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

When this prescription central nervous system drug is taken frequently or in high doses, there may be signs of abuse. If multiple signs are present, it may be time for you or a loved one to seek addiction treatment. Call your doctor for additional information if you experience:

  • Dry mouth
  • Skin color changes
  • Insomnia
  • Atypical sweating
  • New physical tics/muscle twitches
  • Nausea vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Mental illness
  • Numbness pain

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dexedrine substance abuse can lead to a dependence and addiction. Research has shown that continued stimulant abuse can lead to the atrophy and destruction of the pleasure and reward parts of the brain. Once these brain cells have been impacted, it may be hard for an individual to experience pleasure, which can cause a craving for this stimulant medicine in order to feel good. Thus, the vicious cycle of addiction. 

Dextroamphetamine Effects

Dextroamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal occurs when an individual has been without their drug of choice for six to 12 hours and symptoms vary depending on personal information, their mental health history, drug interactions, the drug dose, and the frequency of use. In general, these are common Dextroamphetamine withdrawal symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Mental health issues like depression
  • Vivid dreams
  • Increased appetite
  • Slow movements
  • Skin color changes
  • Numbness pain

Typically, withdrawal symptoms can last from three days up to two weeks, although some may feel the effects for two months. The timeline of drug withdrawal varies person by person and the length of detox can differ based on the amount of drugs in the user’s system and the length of time of use. 

Long-Term Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine Abuse

Individuals who have taken the brand name Dexedrine Dextroamphetamine Sulfate in large doses or for a long period of time may experience more long-term side effects from the stimulant medicine. Since taking this medication stimulates the release of dopamine and blocks excess dopamine from being transported away, Dexedrine begins to create more dopamine endorphins and eventually, an addict’s brain ceases production of these feel good hormones on its own. Long-term use can result in serious side effects like eating disorders, hallucinations seeing, and signs of heart problems. Symptoms of overdose include:

  • Nausea vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Upset stomach or abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea 
  • Loss of coordination
  • Being unresponsive, but awake

Dextroamphetamine Addiction Treatment

According to the American Addiction Centers, treatment professionals suggest addicts stop using Dextroamphetamine gradually under medical supervision through inpatient or outpatient treatment.  

If you or a loved one is struggling with Dexedrine addiction, you’re not alone. Help is available at Resurgence Behavioral Health. At Resurgence, you can medically detox under the supervision of a health care provider and enroll in customized addiction treatments that are specially designed to reduce symptoms of withdrawal. 

Inpatient residential treatment at Resurgence allows patients to seek medical advice and immerse themselves in recovery without distractions and in a safe and healthy environment. Resurgence also offers outpatient addiction treatment programs for those who feel stable enough to reside at home or continue to work. Additionally, Resurgence provides further aftercare treatment to support and promote your long-lasting recovery.

Our Dextroamphetamine addiction treatment center provides comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment through a multitude of Dextroamphetamine addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services. Upon your admission into a Dextroamphetamine addiction treatment center, our addiction treatment professionals will determine the unique underlying mental health conditions that cause your addiction to Dextroamphetamine. Our addiction therapy services and addiction treatment programs in California include:

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