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Dexedrine Overview

Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dextroamphetamine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Dexedrine is often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Although the medication is a stimulant, it can cause a calming effect when used in the proper doses to treat ADHD. It causes an awakening effect when used to treat narcolepsy. Dexedrine comes in two forms -- tablets and Spansules. Potential side effects include insomnia, weight loss, and changes in sex drive.

Dexedrine Abuse Treatment

Treatment of an addiction to Dexedrine is usually based on behavioral therapies proven effective for treating cocaine or methamphetamine addiction. At this time, there are no proven medications for the treatment of a Dexedrine addiction. Antidepressants, however, may be used to manage the symptoms of depression that can accompany early abstinence from Dexedrine. Depending on the person's situation, the first step in treating a prescription stimulant addiction, such as a Dexedrine addiction, may be to slowly decrease the dose of the drug and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms. This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies. Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling patients to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests. The vouchers can be exchanged for items that promote healthy living. Cognitive behavioral therapies, which teach patients skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.

Dexedrine Signs of Abuse

  • Purchasing or using without a prescription

  • Faking symptoms to get a prescription

  • Over-use: even if it was prescribed, over using Demerol can lead to higher tolerance, and a faster development of addiction

  • Lying or stealing to obtain more of the drug

  • Hiding the drug from friends and family

  • Constantly using and thinking about dexedrine in secret


Effects of Dexedrine Abuse

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using dextroamphetamine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest

  • Severe restless feeling, unusual thoughts or behavior, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness

  • Hostile or aggressive behavior

  • Vision changes

  • Seizure (convulsions)

  • Numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes.


Dexedrine Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms from Dexedrine are characterized by depression and extreme fatigue. The withdrawal symptoms tend to be mostly psychological and not medical. If you habitually take Dexedrine in doses higher than recommended, or if you take it over a long period of time, you may eventually become dependent on the drug and suffer from withdrawal symptoms when it is unavailable. In most people the effects of Dexedrine and other stimulant drugs are short-lived and there is often a letdown or "crash" after they wear off. During this "crash" the patient can feel very depressed, sleepy, and sluggish. Stimulant drugs such as Dexedrine have the potential to induce "tolerance." People who abuse Dexedrine or other amphetamines -- usually in attempts to lose weight or stay awake for prolonged periods--often find that a dose that had worked for a while is suddenly ineffective and they need a higher dose. They then become "tolerant" to the higher dose and have to increase the dose again. Soon, the person is addicted to the drug. Stopping it suddenly leads to a severe withdrawal reaction characterized by bad depression and extreme fatigue. Suicides have been reported in people who suddenly stop taking Dexedrine or other amphetamines.

Dexedrine Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Long but disturbed sleep
  • Strong hangover
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Violence

Dexedrine Abuse Statistics

The prevalence of methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine misuse and abuse was examined in 450 adolescents referred for substance abuse treatment. Twenty three percent reported nonmedical use of these substances and six percent were diagnosed as methylphenidate or dextroamphetamine abusers. Abuse was more common in individuals who were out of school and had an eating disorder. Methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine abuse appears to be much less common than abuse of most other substances. It does occur, however, and parents and schools need to exert greater control over the dispensing of these medications. Physicians are advised to prescribe non-stimulant medications (eg, bupropion) when treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in substance-abusing individuals.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

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Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

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