Dexedrine - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Dexedrine: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Dexedrine?

Dexedrine is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes impulsivity, hyperactivity and difficulty in paying attention. Dexedrine is also used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterised by overwhelming daytime sleepiness. Dexedrine contains the active ingredient dextroamphetamine, which belongs to the class of medicines called central nervous system stimulants. They increase the effectiveness of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.

What are the uses of Dexedrine?

Dexedrine belongs to the class of nervous system drugs called stimulants that contain the compound dextroamphetamine. It increases the effectiveness of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Dexedrine is used to regulate the symptoms of ADHD. It increases the individual’s ability to focus on tasks and improve their listening and organisational skills while decreasing hyperactivity. Dexedrine is also used to help individuals with narcolepsy stay awake during the daytime. 

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What are the side effects of Dexedrine?

Dexedrine may cause side effects such as dry mouth, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, headaches, constipation, trouble with speech, difficulty sleeping, cramps and stomach upset. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience seizures, numbness, verbal tics, pain in your hands and feet, swelling, trouble breathing, hives, hallucinations, blue fingers and toes, sense of paranoia, excessive fatigue, depression, anxiety and blurred vision. 


Frequently Asked Questions about Dexedrine

1. Can Dexedrine capsules be opened?

No, Dexedrine should not be open, crushed or chewed. The recommended dose of Dexedrine should be swallowed whole with water according to the instructions given by your doctor. Opening the capsule or crushing them can release all the drugs at once and increase the risk of developing side effects. 

2. What time should I take Dexedrine?

Dexedrine tablets are taken 1 to 3 times a day regularly. Take the first tablet in the morning after waking up. If more than 1 dose is prescribed, take them 4 to 6 hours apart or according to the instructions given by your doctor. Do not take Dexedrine in the evening or at night because it can cause difficulty in falling asleep.

3. Is Dexedrine a stimulant?

Yes, Dexedrine falls under the category of nervous system stimulants, which increases concentration and focus, improving organisational and listening skills in children and adults diagnosed with ADHD. It also helps individuals with narcolepsy stay awake during the daytime.

4. Does Dexedrine increase serotonin?

Yes, Dexedrine, which improves overall motor activity and mood, can increase the amount of serotonin in the bloodstream. Do not take Dexedrine with other drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) because excess serotonin in the blood may cause serotonin syndrome. 

5. Does Dexedrine cause high blood pressure?

Yes, Dexedrine can cause high blood pressure as a side effect. However, this is not common in healthy patients. Individuals with heart problems or high blood pressure (hypertension) are at risk of complications and should consult a doctor before taking Dexedrine.

6. Is Dexedrine an Adderall?

No,  Dexedrine and Adderall are similar drugs but they are not the same. Both Dexedrine and Adderall belong to the category of nervous system stimulants prescribed to treat ADHD in children and adults. Adderall is prescribed more often than Dexedrine due to a lower risk of developing side effects.

7. Does Dexedrine help with anxiety?

No, currently there is no scientific evidence that suggests that Dexedrine helps with anxiety. Doctors and medical experts recommend that individuals with anxiety should not take Dexedrine. Anxiety is one of the common side effects of Dexedrine. Consult your doctor for further information before taking this medication.

8. Does Dexedrine cause depression?

Yes, research studies indicate that Dexedrine may cause depression and extreme fatigue as a side effect. If you are diagnosed with depression and taking medications as part of its treatment, consult your doctor for more information.

9. How do you know Dexedrine is working?

If you find yourself finishing your tasks, waking up on time, remembering details from conversations, and going to sleep on time, then these are some of the signs that Dexedrine is working. If you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days, consult your doctor immediately. 

10. How does Dexedrine make you feel?

Dexedrine takes 30 minutes to 60 minutes to become effective after consumption, and its effects last between 4 and 6 hours. Dexedrine will make you feel focused, enable concentration, help you finish your tasks on time, and will improve your overall mood.

CTA: Consult our medical experts and follow their instructions carefully on taking Dexedrine.

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