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Dexedrine uses and side effects


Generic Name: Dextroamphetamine

Brand Name: Dextrostat, Adderall, Desoxyn

Uses of Dexedrine:

Dexedrine is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD). The adjunctive treatment of narcolepsy, minimal brain dysfunction in children (e.g., hyperkinetic behavior), epilepsy and parkinsonism.

Dexedrine works in the brain to decrease the hyperactivity of patients with this disorder. The drug works by causing stimulation in the brain, making it easier to stay awake. People with normal sleep patterns should not use this medication to stay awake.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How to Take Dexedrine tablet:

Take pemoline only as directed by your doctor . Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is taken, it may become habit-forming. Do not take Dexedrine late in the day, since this could cause insomnia. If you experience insomnia or loss of appetite while taking this drug, notify your doctor; you may need a lower dosage.

Side Effects of Dexedrine:

Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:

  • Excessive restlessness,
  • overstimulation
  • Drowsiness,
  • headache,
  • ataxia,
  • false feeling of well-being,
  • feeling of unpleasantness,
  • vertigo,
  • changes in sex drive,
  • fatigue,
  • diplopia,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • allergic skin reactions,
  • edema,
  • fluid retention,
  • dry mouth
  • difficulty sleeping or drowsiness,
  • stomach pain, or
  • loss of appetite.

Warnings and precautions for Dexedrine spansule:

  • Do not use in patients with a history of drug abuse.
  • Do not use during or within 14 days following the administration of MAO inhibitors; hypertensive crises may result. Advanced arteriosclerosis, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, moderate to severe hypertension, hyperthyroidism, known hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to the sympathomimetic amines, glaucoma and agitated states.
  • The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is an addictive drug. People often become dependent on dextroamphetamine and amphetamine after using it for long periods of time. To avoid this, keep all appointments with your doctor and use dextroamphetamine and amphetamine only as directed. Also, do not give your medicine to anyone else.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially ammonium chloride; ascorbic acid; glutamic acid; sodium bicarbonate; MAO inhibitors such as phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate), even if you stopped taking them in the last 2 weeks; guanethidine (Ismelin); medications for depression such as amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), impramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil); reserpine; medications for epilepsy such as ethosuximide (Zarontin), phenobarbital, and phenytoin (Dilantin); beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or other medications used to treat heart disease; diuretics (''water pills'') such as acetazolamide (Diamox); haloperidol (Haldol); chlorpromazine (Ormazine, Thorazine); medications for high blood pressure (''blood pressure pills''); antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril), and promethazine (Phenergan, Anergan, Phenazine); lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith); meperidine (Demerol); propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvon-N, Dolene); and herbal products or vitamins.The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine affects the action of other medications, and many medications can affect the action of this medication. Tell your doctor and pharmacist everything you are taking.
  • Safety for use during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Although CNS stimulants are seldom indicated after puberty, it should be borne in mind that Dexedrine should not be used during pregnancy or in women who may become pregnant.
  • Liver function tests should be performed prior to and periodically during therapy with Dexedrine.
  • If you take this medicine in large doses for a long time, do not stop taking it without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping completely.
  • Drug treatment is not indicated in all cases of ADD with hyperactivity and should be considered only in light of complete history and evaluation of the child.

What to do if you take Overdose of Dexedrine tablet?

Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.

What to do if you take Missed Dose of Dexedrine?

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

How to Store Dexedrine:

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

Dexedrine is available as:

Each orange, heart shaped, scored, compressed tablet, engraved SKF E19, contains: Dextroamphetamine sulfate 5 mg. Also contains lactose 13.8 mg, sucrose and tartrazine. Energy: 1.46 kJ (0.35 kcal). Gluten-free, parabens-free, sodium-free and sulfites-free. Bottles of 100.

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