What is Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Dextroamphetamine

The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants. It is used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Also used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder causing sudden sleep attacks.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 1000 632
Fatigue 700 475
Problems concentrating 479 355
Attention deficit disorder 121 79
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 83 80

Show all 147 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 78
Moderate 240
Mild 478
None 504

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 99
Dry mouth 78
Anxious mood 47
Insomnia 47
Weight loss 47
Headaches 40

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 21
20 mg twice daily 16
30 mg daily 15
30 mg twice daily 15
40 mg daily 9
10 mg daily 7
15 mg daily 6
5 mg twice daily 5
60 mg daily 5
5 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 154
Did not seem to work 151
Doctor's advice 131
Other 125
Expense 37
Personal research 34
Change in health plan coverage 28
Course of treatment ended 18
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Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 86
1 - 6 months 110
6 months - 1 year 73
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 855
Usually 327
Sometimes 94
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 218
Not at all hard to take 946
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 15
$100-199 50
$50-99 65
$25-49 122
< $25 630
Not specified 418

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 89
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 47
Modafinil (Provigil) 45
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 20
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 19

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Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 46
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 28
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 19
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 8

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Mar 12, 2020 (Started Apr 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased wakefulness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Life is much better (that probably gooder english, can you say much better. But it is much, much better than without) with this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 18, 2018 (Started Apr 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It helps to keep me going.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Apr 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5-7.5-7.5-7.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 9, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic Epstein-Barr)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sinus tachycardia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i went back on it when my virus reactivated. have been taking it once a day for several months now. a month ago did take about a week off because it did loose its effectiveness again. some days works better than others. always works better when taken with caffeine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 29, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can really see why addiction/dependence is a risk with this drug. maybe more so than any other med I've had. I'm not one who gets addicted or dependent on medication but for those with less restraint than I, be warned. Also, it stopped being effective for me after a few months and increasing dose doesn't help.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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