What is Dextroamphetamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Dexedrine Dexedrine Spansule Dextroamphetamine ER Show all

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See also: Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dextroamphetamine is a stimulant that is used for the treatment of narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Off label it is used for obesity; depression; and abnormal behavioral syndrome in children.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 71 49
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 48 34
Narcolepsy 24 9
Problems concentrating 17 6
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9 12
Idiopathic Hypersomnia 9 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 25
Mild 49
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 13
Insomnia 10
Anxious mood 9
Nervousness 5
Dehydration 4
Heart palpitations 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
15 mg daily 4
10 mg twice daily 4
30 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2
10 mg three times daily 2
2.5 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1
15 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Dextroamphetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 21
Other 21
Side effects too severe 16
Doctor's advice 14
Personal research 3
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 67
Usually 34
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 2
< $25 54
Not specified 43

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Modafinil (Provigil) 3
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 1
Desoxyn 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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5 patient evaluations for Dextroamphetamine

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TheTrishgu
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TheTrishgu
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See TheTrishgu's full Dextroamphetamine history

Jan 28, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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TheTrishgu
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TheTrishgu
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See TheTrishgu's full Dextroamphetamine history

Oct 14, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 22, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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MiniRoo/VVV
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MiniRoo/VVV
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
25 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Apr 23, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Social anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 27, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Social anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: tolerance must be prevented, of course.......5-40+ mg/day of Memantine, along with 2-7 day breaks every once in a while, works quite well to prevent tolerance to the antidepressant/antianxiety effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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