What is Dexedrine?
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) is an amphetamine, belonging to the group of medicines
called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants it is a Schedule II controlled
substance. Dexedrine was often used in the late 60s and early 70s as a prescription
diet aid, because one of the effects of such stimulant drugs is to suppress appetite.
Dexedrine (and its more potent cousin Benzedrine) was also commonly (and illegally)
used by college students, either for the stimulant high it provided or as a study
How does Dexedrine work?
This drug works by suppressing all spontaneous behavior. Dexedrine reduces all
spontaneous or self generated activates which is shown by the following characteristics:
exploration and curiosity, socializing, and an increase in obsessive-compulsive
Q) What does Dexedrine look like?
Dexedrine is manufactured in orange 5mg, 10mg, 20mg tablets and 5mg, 10mg, and
15mg clear and brown capsules.
What side effects occur with the use and abuse of Dexedrine?
The side effects that occur with Dexedrine are: addiction, agitation/irritability,
insomnia, dry mouth, headache, nausea, weight loss, hallucinations, liver irritation/toxicity,
increased heart rate, tics, Tourette's syndrome, sexual difficulties, behavior
disturbances, and thought disorder, elevation of blood pressure, over stimulation,
restlessness, dizziness, euphoria, headache, exacerbation of motor skills, diarrhea,
What are the symptoms of a Dexedrine overdose?
The symptoms of a Dexedrine overdose are: abdominal cramps, assaultiveness, coma,
confusion, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, hallucinations, high fever,
heightened reflexes, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea,
panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, tremor, and vomiting.
What drug interactions occur with the use and abuse of Dexedrine?
The drug interactions which can occur with the use / abuse of Dexedrine are:
Inhibitors (within 14 days) - serious, even fatal, interactions can occur
agents like guanethidine, reserpine, and fruit juices can lower absorption of
agents such as Diamox (acetazolamide) increase absorption of Dexedrine and other
antidepressants may increase their levels when taken with Dexedrine. Although
tricyclic antidepressants may be used with amphetamines to help make them work
better, using the two medicines together may increase the chance of fast or irregular
heartbeat, severe high blood pressure, or high fever.
(chlorpromazine), lithium, and Haldol (haloperidol) can lower the effectiveness
increases the effects of norepinephrine.
Amantadine (Symmetrel), Caffeine
(NoDoz), Chlophedianol (Ulone), Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Nabilone (Cesamet),
Pemoline (Cylert)- these medicines may increase the stimulant effects of Dexedrine
and cause nervousness, irritability, trouble sleeping, and possibly convulsions
Appetite suppressants (diet pills), Medicine for asthma
or other breathing problems, Medicine for colds, sinus problems, or hay fever
or other allergies (including nose drops or sprays) - these medicines may increase
the stimulant effects of amphetamines and cause nervousness, irritability, trouble
sleeping, or convulsions (seizures), and affect the heart and blood vessels.
Beta-adrenergic blocking agents (beta blockers) may increase the chance of
high blood pressure and heart problems when taken with Dexedrine
glycosides (heart medicine). Amphetamines may cause additive effects, resulting
in irregular heartbeat.
Meperidine - when Dexedrine is taken at with
meperidine, it increases the chances of certain side effects such as fever, convulsions,
and even coma.
Thyroid hormones-The effects either of these hormones
or of Dexedrine may increase when both are being taken.
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