Dexedrine Dependence

The National Institute of Health reports that the misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed, taking another person’s prescription, or taking a medication to feel euphoria. If you been prescribed Dexedrine by a doctor but no longer follow the directions or get it from someone else, you may be struggling with Dexedrine dependence and addiction.

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What is Dexedrine? And What is It Used For?

Dexedrine Dependence, a woman who is sitting at a desk with a laptop open in front of her shakes a couple of white pills out of a bottle into her hand.

Dexedrine is the brand name for Dextroamphetamine. It is also sold under the brand name Dextrostat. It comes as a liquid, tablet, and a long-acting capsule taken by mouth. It stimulates the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. Dexedrine affects the chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

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Dexedrine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It provides energy and wakefulness to people with narcolepsy and gives focus and calm to those struggling with ADHD.

It is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substance Act. This means that there is a high possibility for abuse, which may lead to severe mental or physical dependence. Misuse of drugs in this category can be dangerous and may lead to addiction or overdose.   

Dexedrine Dependence vs Adderall Addiction

Both Dexedrine and Adderall are used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. They stimulate the central nervous system in a similar way. Both drugs can be habit forming and are Schedule II drugs.

Adderall is a combination drug, meaning it has more than one drug included in every dose. It is made up of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Thus, Adderall contains the active ingredient found in Dexedrine.

How you react to each drug can be different from one person to another. If you are started on one drug and have side effects that you can’t tolerate, your doctor may prescribe the other drug to find the drug that works best for you.  

Both drugs are safe when taken as prescribed by a doctor. When these drugs are taken in a way other than what is prescribed by a doctor, it can lead to abuse and even addiction.

How Long Does Dexedrine Stay in Your System?

Dexedrine may stay in your system from one day to a few months. There are several factors that affect the long term effects of Dexedrine including your metabolism, body mass, age, how well you are hydrated, level of physical activity, and other health conditions.

Dexedrine Dependence Side Effects

All medications can cause side effects, or effects that are not the wanted. Each person taking Dexedrine will respond differently. The following are common side effects in adults:

  • Fast and/or irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Overstimulation
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Euphoria
  • Abnormal, uncontrolled involuntary movements of the body
  • Feelings of generalized unease or dissatisfaction
  • Headache
  • Uncontrolled verbal outbursts and/or repeated body movements, known as tics
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Hives due to an allergic reaction

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Dextroamphetamine Abuse

Dexedrine addiction stories are common. Once you start abusing Dexedrine, it can be difficult to stop. Some people report starting dextroamphetamine recreational use as a way to help them study or take part in sports. If you continue to use Dexedrine while experiencing negative effects, you may be addicted to the drug.  

Dexedrine abuse has similar effects to cocaine. The onset of effects is slower with Dexedrine and effects last longer. Chronic abuse of Dexedrine may produce mental symptoms similar to schizophrenia. These include paranoia, picking at the skin, preoccupation with one’s own thoughts, and hearing or seeing things that are not real.

Long term effects of Dexedrine abuse can cause serious problems to your mental and physical health. The longer you abuse Dexedrine, the worse the long term effects become. Common effects of long term use of Dexedrine include manic symptoms such as inability to sleep, hallucinations, paranoia, and severe aggression, such as physical violence or verbal outbursts.

Depression and ADHD

Depression occurs 5.5 times more often in people with ADHD. This can increase your risk for long-term depression and risk of suicide. If you are abusing Dexedrine and struggling with the effects of depression, you could be in a serious and deadly situation.

Dexedrine Overdose

Another serious concern with misuse of Dexedrine is the risk of overdose. The more you use this drug, the higher the levels of the drug remaining in the body will increase. If you or someone you know has taken too much Dexedrine, you should call 911 for emergency treatment.

Thorazine is an antipsychotic medication that can counteract some of the effects of Dexedrine. However, due to the long-acting form of Dexedrine, this can be difficult and the person experiencing the overdose should be monitored closely by healthcare professionals.

Symptoms of Dexedrine overdose include:

  • Restlessness
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Dark red or brown urine
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Fast breathing
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Seeing things or hearing voices that are not real
  • Panic
  • Depression
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Blurred vision
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Seizures
  • Coma or loss of consciousness for a period of time

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Dexedrine abuse is a serious problem. If you are ready to stop the cycle of Dexedrine abuse, call 877-959-7271 today. Our trained staff are available to help you. They understand your needs, the importance of your support network, and the unique treatment needs you have. Call today to start working with an agent who may be able to assist with immediate placement.