Amphetamine Dextroamphetamine DrugTweet
The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a total treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works in the brain to decrease the hyperactivity of patients with this disorder.
Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine is a stimulant and appetite suppressant. It stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain) by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in the body. This increases heart rate and blood pressure and decreases appetite, among other effects.
The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice daily with or without food.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take dextroamphetamine and amphetamine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Tolerance may develop with long-term or excessive use, making the drug less effective.
Do not crush or chew the extended-release form of amphetamine-dextroamphetamine (Adderall XR). If swallowing the capsules is difficult, a capsule can be opened and the entire contents sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce. The mixture should be consumed immediately, and not saved for later use. The mixture should be swallowed whole, without chewing the sprinkled beads.
The dose of a single capsule should not be divided.
Decreased appetite is a common side effect when starting this medicine. Eating small, frequent meals or snacks can help.
Talk to your prescriber if you continue to have poor eating habits. Height and weight growth of a child taking this medication will be monitored closely.
This medication must be taken regularly to be effective. Do not skip doses even if you feel that you do not need them.
Abruptly stopping this drug can worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms such as anxiousness, sleeplessness, and irritability. Your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually.