Effects of Dexedrine Use

Dexedrine is a stimulant that is commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The medication has a high potential for abuse due to its effects.

Understanding the Effects of Dexedrine Use

Dexedrine, also known as Dextroamphetamine Sulfate, is a stimulant typically prescribed to help treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Similar to Adderall, the medication stimulates the central nervous system to increase energy, focus, and activity. Individuals with sleep disorders like Narcolepsy are also able to take Dexedrine to feel energized. Due to its euphoric effects, the drug has a high potential for abuse and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Individuals taking this medication may notice changes in behavior if they exceed the recommended dosage.

Short-Term Side Effects of Dexedrine

Dexedrine is a stimulant which produces side effects when abused or even when taken according to a prescription. These uncomfortable side effects can range from mild to extreme. Common side effects include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Slowed speech
  • Fever
  • Cravings
  • Blurry vision
  • Insomnia
  • Hives
  • Headache
  • Chest pain

Side effects of Dexedrine will differ based on the amount of Dexedrine used, or if it has been combined with other drugs. Because of its addictive potential, each individual should carefully monitor how Dexedrine affects their behavior.

Long-Term Side Effects of Dexedrine

In addition to experiencing the short-term effects of Dexedrine, individuals should be aware of long-term side effects of the drug. These symptoms can either be intensified symptoms from short-term effects, or unique long-term effects that emerge. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual or auditory hallucinations
  • Delusional thoughts
  • Mania
  • Heart attack
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Blurry vision
  • Decreases in libido
  • Weight loss
  • Speech difficulty
  • Teeth grinding
  • Wounds on fingers and toes
  • Respiratory problems or difficulties
  • Fatal or non-fatal overdose

Some of the long-term side effects can intensify or can vary based on the dosage or frequency of the medication abused. For example, if someone combines Dexedrine and alcohol, he or she may experience fatal side effects due to the method  in which the drugs interact.

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Other Physical And Psychological Side Effects of Dexedrine

Individuals taking Dexedrine may also notice physiological symptoms that occur with prolonged use.  Some side effects are more common than others, and include, but are not limited to:

  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Stomach problems
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stunted growth
  • Convulsions
  • Ticks and abnormal movements
  • Vertigo
  • Sweating
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Swelling
  • Depression

In rare cases, alopecia, vertigo, fatigue, and sudden death have been reported, but there is little data on how often these symptoms occur. Additional effects of Dexedrine include developing a tolerance, a dependence and withdrawal. These are complex and disruptive, which often requires medically-assisted help. Contact a dedicated treatment professional if you or a loved one endures any of the above side effects to prevent further damage.

Mixing Dextroamphetamine With Other Substances

When Dextroamphetamine Is Combined With Alcohol Lethal Heart Problems Can Occur.The effects of Dexedrine occur because of the active ingredient of the drug, Dextroamphetamine. When it’s combined with alcohol, lethal heart problems can occur. Symptoms of this reaction range from chest pain, increased heart rate, as well as high blood pressure.

Combining Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamines not only intensifies the stimulant effects of both, but also creates hoarseness, peeling skin, and tingling in the hands and feet. Side effects of this combination are largely because of the increased supply of stimulants in the body at once. If an individual has a pre-existing heart condition, he or she is more susceptible to death due to this combination. Children are also more likely to die of heart problems, as well as teens. Fainting, breathing problems, and dizzy spells have been reported in children and teens, as well as adults with this combination.

Signs of Dexedrine Overdose

Dexedrine use can have fatal outcomes. Some of the signs of overdose are more obvious, while others are not. It is important to seek medical attention if you or a love one experience any of the following after using Dexedrine. Look for the following signs of Dexedrine overdose:

  • Panicking
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Problems breathing
  • Loss of interest in everyday activities
  • Loss of consciousness/coma
  • Feeling discouraged
  • Mental changes
  • Little to no appetite
  • Mood swings/feeling down
  • Inability to focus
  • Slowed breathing

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Find Treatment For Dexedrine

Dexedrine use has troubling short and long-term effects that can wreak havoc on one’s body. Stopping a Dexedrine use disorder can cause withdrawal symptoms that range from depression to nausea. The best way to overcome a substance use dependency is to seek professional help. Attending a qualified treatment center ensures the patient would receive the best care and medication available. He or she would be monitored by staff 24/7 while they transition into a drug-free life. If you’re suffering from a Dexedrine addiction, know that you don’t have to suffer alone; contact a treatment expert today.

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  • Medically Reviewed: August 7, 2019

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