What is Dexedrine?
Dexedrine is the most common brand name for dextroamphetamine, a stimulant drug that is derived from amphetamine. Dextroamphetamine is still considered part of the amphetamine group. According to CESAR, “Amphetamines are a group of synthetic psychoactive drugs called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.”
You will need a doctor’s prescription in order to legally obtain Dexedrine. The drug can be very powerful which is why it is prescription-based. The NLM states that Dexedrine works by “changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.”
Users of Dexedrine are told not to “take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer time than prescribed” by their doctors. While Dexedrine has been known to help many individuals, it has intense side effects and can become habit-forming.
Signs and Symptoms of Dexedrine Use
If someone is using Dexedrine, even in the way they are prescribed to, there will be some behavioral and physical signs and changes that point to this type of drug use.
These common signs of Dexedrine use are:
- More focused attention to work and other important issues
- A tendency to experience insomnia
- More energy
The side effects of Dexedrine use are also commonly experienced by those who use Dexedrine correctly. These are not all necessarily bad or dangerous, but if a Dexedrine user experiences side effects that trouble them, they should discuss them with their doctor.
The side effects of Dexedrine use are:
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- Dry mouth
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Changes in sex drive or ability
Most of these side effects are not incredibly harmful, especially if the drug is being taken in the correct doses. However, they can be problematic for some individuals which is why Dexedrine users should feel comfortable to talk to their doctors. They may need to be put on a lower dose of the medication.
Dangerous Side Effects of Dexedrine Use
These side effects indicate that a problem has occurred in an individual’s Dexedrine use (either an allergic reaction, a dangerously high dosage, etc.) and someone who experiences them should call their doctor immediately. These possibly dangerous side effects include:
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Excessive tiredness
- Slow or difficult speech
- Dizziness or faintness
- Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
- Mood changes
- Believing things that are not true
- Feeling unusually suspicious of others
- Frenzied or abnormally excited mood
- Aggressive or hostile behavior
- Abnormal movements
- Verbal tics
- Changes in vision or blurred vision
If you experience one or more of the issues listed above during your normal Dexedrine regimen, you should call your doctor immediately, as you may need to be switched to a different medication. Someone who abuses Dexedrine will be more likely to experience these dangerous and uncomfortable side effects.