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Dexedrine Detox And Withdrawal

If a user has developed a Dexedrine dependence to the point where withdrawal symptoms appear, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) detox may be required.

What Is Dexedrine Detox?

Medically supervised detox is the process of cleansing the body of harmful substances or symptoms. The method of Dexedrine detox, specifically, involves the treatment of immediate withdrawal symptoms that stem from stimulant addiction. Stimulants, a category of drugs that include CocaineMeth, and even prescription medication like Adderall, have similar effects on the body (such as elevated heart rate, energy, and mood) and the brain.

Prescription stimulants like Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta, act on the same neurotransmitter groups in the brain – including norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Repeated use of Dexedrine and its effects on the amount of dopamine, mainly released in the brain, may lead to tolerance or dependence on the drug. Moreover, individuals with tolerance to Dexedrine will need to take increasing amounts to get the same effects. The development of a high tolerance or an addiction requires a period of detox to overcome.

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Dexedrine Dependence Vs. Addiction

As a prescription stimulant and ADHD treatment medication, over time, Dexedrine can be a habit-forming drug. The body may become desensitized to Dexedrine (as well as the similar prescription Amphetamine, Adderall) even when taken as prescribed by your doctor. Due to the prescriptions effect on the brain (such as its stimulation of the reward system), regular use can become addictive. However, not everyone whose body has become desensitized to Dexedrine or whose body is dependent on it to feel normal has a Dexedrine addiction.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “most people link dependence with ‘addiction’ when in fact dependence can be a normal body response to a substance.” On the other hand, exhibiting 2 or 3 symptoms of addiction meets the criteria for a substance use disorder.

The criteria include behaviors like:

  • Taking the drug in large quantities
  • Using the drug for more extended periods than prescribed
  • Unsuccessful attempts at quitting or reducing the use
  • Spending significant amounts of time securing the drug or recovering from using it
  • Intense cravings to use the drug
  • Use of the drug negatively impacts responsibilities or relationships
  • Losing interest in favored activities
  • Using the medicine despite known negative medical, legal, or social consequences
  • Developing a tolerance
  • Suffering withdrawal symptoms upon quitting or reducing the use

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Symptoms of Dexedrine Withdrawal

When a patient stops taking their Dexedrine prescription, they may experience withdrawal symptoms within a day. Withdrawal symptoms are the body’s response to the absence of the drug. So, whereas Dexedrine typically causes effects like elevated energy, mood, and focus, withdrawal from Dexedrine can include fatigue, depressed mood, and persistent confusion.

Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Aggression
  • Confused state
  • Depressed mood
  • Drug cravings and irritability
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hunger and overeating
  • Seizures
  • Sleep problems and oversleeping

Dexedrine Withdrawal Timeline

Compared to Opioid withdrawal and detox, the stimulant withdrawal timeline is shorter and, generally, less life-threatening. Within the stimulant class of drugs, Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms often subside within 7 or 8 days. Dexedrine and ADHD-treatment medications, in particular, tend to have slightly longer detox periods than faster-acting, illicit Amphetamines such as Meth.

First 36 – 48 hours

  • Depressed mood
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Overeating
  • Some cravings (not as intense as later stages)

Next 2 – 5 days

  • Drug cravings
  • Mood changes (irritability, anxiety, depression)
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Sluggishness

After 5 days (up to several weeks)

  • A psychotic disorder may surface, especially if the individual suffered psychotic symptoms before withdrawal or drug use.
  • Some may continue to experience drug cravings that require therapy to address.

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The Benefits Of Dexedrine Detox And Addiction Treatment

Though many people believe they can endure withdrawal and detox on their own, medically supervised detox is recommended for anyone struggling with an addiction. Detox provides an environment for individuals to focus on their recovery while receiving clinical care from medical providers. A detox program may also prescribe some medications to ease severe withdrawal symptoms (such as antidepressants or short-term Benzodiazepines).

Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications designed to treat a Dexedrine or Amphetamine addiction. Recovery providers recommend using cognitive behavioral therapy to “become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.” Using these therapy techniques, therapists hope to give patients substantial coping mechanisms and help change harmful behaviors to prevent relapse.

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