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 988 622
Fatigue 687 468
Problems concentrating 467 348
Attention deficit disorder 120 78
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 81 79

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 79
Moderate 238
Mild 471
None 492

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 95
Dry mouth 78
Insomnia 47
Anxious mood 46
Weight loss 46
Headaches 40

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 23
20 mg twice daily 17
30 mg twice daily 16
10 mg daily 12
15 mg daily 8
40 mg daily 8
25 mg daily 6
10 mg twice daily 5
5-5-5-5 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 149
Doctor's advice 132
Other 126
Expense 36
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
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 86
1 - 6 months 109
6 months - 1 year 72
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 844
Usually 319
Sometimes 93
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 216
Not at all hard to take 929
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 13
$100-199 50
$50-99 64
$25-49 122
< $25 623
Not specified 408

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 89
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 45
Modafinil (Provigil) 45
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 18

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 46
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 27
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 18
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 8

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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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