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 process of Dexedrine detox, specifically, involves the treatment of primary withdrawal symptoms that stem from a stimulant addiction. Stimulants, a category of drugs which include Cocaine, Meth, and even prescription medication like Adderall, have similar effects on the body (such as elevated heart rate, energy, and mood) as well as 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, in particular, released in the brain may lead to a tolerance or dependence on the drug to feel normal. Moreover, individuals with a 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 prescription’s effect on the brain (such as its stimulation of the reward system), regular use can become addictive. However, not everyone who’s body has become desensitized to Dexedrine, or who’s 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 two or three symptoms of addiction meets the criteria for a Substance Use Disorder. The criteria include behaviors like:

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

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Symptoms of Dexedrine Withdrawal

Symptoms of Dexedrine WithdrawalWhen a patient stops taking their Dexedrine prescription, they may experience withdrawal symptoms within a day’s time. 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
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hunger and overeating
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Sleep problems and oversleeping

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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)

  • Symptoms of a psychotic disorder may surface, especially if the individual suffered psychotic symptoms prior to withdrawal or during 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 professionals. A detox program may also be able to 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 experts 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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