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By Medicover Hospitals / 22 April 2021
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  • Dexedrine is the brand name for a drug that is entirely made up of dextroamphetamine. It is available in tablet form as well as capsule form as Dexedrine Spansule. It is a central nervous system stimulant. It is employed in the treatment of ADHD is an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In patients with ADHD, it may help increase attention while decreasing impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
    1. Dexedrine Uses
    2. Dexedrine Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Dosage
    5. Storage
    6. Dexedrine vs Adderall
    7. Frequently Asked Questions
    8. Citations

    Dexedrine Uses:

  • This medication is prescribed to patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by modifying the concentrations of certain natural substances in the brain. It is a stimulant, which is a type of drug. It can help you improve your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and manage behavioral issues. It may also assist you in organizing your tasks and improving your listening skills. This medication is also used to help you stay awake during the day if you have a sleeping disorder (narcolepsy). It should not be used to treat tiredness or to keep people from sleeping if they do not have a sleep disorder.
  • How to Use:

  • It is available in liquid, tablet, and extended-release (long-acting) capsule forms for oral administration. The tablet is typically taken twice daily, with or without food.
  • The extended-release capsule is typically taken once daily, with or without food. The liquid is typically consumed once or twice daily, with or without food. Every day, take it at the same time(s).
  • Take your first dose of tablets as soon as you wake up in the morning, and space your doses by 4 to 6 hours. It should not be taken in the evening because it can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep.
  • Your doctor will most likely start you on a low dose of it and gradually increase it, no more than once a week.
  • Side Effects

    • Headache
    • Dry mouth
    • Unpleasant taste
    • Constipation
    • Weight loss
    • Excessive tiredness
    • Slow or difficult speech
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Numbness of an arm or leg
    • Seizures
    • Mood changes
    • Hallucinations
    • Changes in vision or blurred vision
    • Hives
    • Paleness

    Precautions:

  • Children may be more responsive to the side effects of this medication, particularly weight loss. This medication may slow a child's growth. To reduce this risk, the doctor may advise temporarily discontinuing the medication from time to time.
  • This medication's side effects, particularly chest pain, difficulty sleeping, and weight loss, maybe more severe in older adults.
  • This medication should not be used during pregnancy. Infants born to mothers who are dependent on this medication may be born prematurely or with low birth weight. They might also experience withdrawal symptoms. Inform your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any possible mood changes, agitation, or unusual tiredness in your newborn.
  • This medication is excreted in breast milk and may have an adverse effect on a nursing infant. As a result, breast-feeding is not advised while taking this medication. Before breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.
  • Interactions

  • Drug interactions can transform the way your medications function or put you at risk for serious side effects. Using MAO inhibitors in conjunction with this medication may result in a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. MAO inhibitors should be avoided. Some products contain ingredients that may cause your heart rate or blood pressure to rise. Inform your pharmacist about the products you're using and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products or diet aids).
  • Missed Dose:

  • If you forget to take one of the dosages, take it as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose and proceed with your daily schedule. To cope up with a missed dose, do not take a double dose.
  • Overdose

  • Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions.
  • Storage

  • Exposure of medicine to heat, air, and light may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
  • Dexedrine vs Adderall

    Dexedrine
    Adderall
    Dexedrine is the brand name for a drug that is entirely made up of dextroamphetamine. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, two central nervous stimulants that increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain to improve focus and reduce impulsivity.
    This medication is prescribed to patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It can help you improve your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and manage behavioral issues. Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat hyperactivity symptoms and to control impulses.
    It works by modifying the concentrations of certain natural substances in the brain. By enhancing the effects of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, the medication alters certain naturally occurring chemicals in your brain.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    It is a controlled substance classified as Schedule II. Amphetamines have long been abused. There has been intolerance, extreme psychological dependence, and severe social disability.
    It works by increasing the activity of dopamine and, to a lesser extent, norepinephrine, which are brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). This medication stimulates areas of the brain that control attention and movement, thereby alleviating AD/HD symptoms.
    Yes, it is a central nervous system stimulant. They are approved for the treatment of both ADHD and narcolepsy (a neurological condition marked by severe daytime drowsiness)
    While this medicine only contains the most potent form of amphetamine, Adderall contains a combination of the two active forms of amphetamine. Most people with ADHD react similarly to both these drugs, though some may react in slightly different ways.
    This medicine stimulates the activity of dopamine and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters linked to pleasurable feelings and the brain's reward system.
    It is a stimulant, it begins to work within 30 minutes to an hour. It is available in short-acting tablets that have a half-life of four to six hours.
    Weight loss can occur when the most commonly used ADHD medications are used. It makes you feel less hungry and causes your body to burn calories more quickly than usual. Some of them are even used to aid in weight loss or to treat binge eating.
    Side effects of this are-
    • Headache
    • Dry mouth
    • Unpleasant taste
    • Constipation
    • Weight loss

    Citations:

  • Dexedrine, https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/5/1/24.short
  • Overdosage with dexedrine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1821577/