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 1006 635
Fatigue 703 477
Problems concentrating 485 357
Attention deficit disorder 123 81
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 83 80

Show all 148 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 243
Mild 480
None 507

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 101
Dry mouth 80
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
30 mg daily 15
20 mg daily 14
30 mg twice daily 14
20 mg twice daily 13
5 mg daily 6
10 mg daily 6
15 mg daily 6
60 mg daily 6
40 mg daily 5
5 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 156
Did not seem to work 151
Doctor's advice 131
Other 126
Expense 37
Personal research 34
Change in health plan coverage 29
Course of treatment ended 19
See all 486 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 88
1 - 6 months 111
6 months - 1 year 74
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 858
Usually 331
Sometimes 95
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 220
Not at all hard to take 952
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 15
$100-199 50
$50-99 66
$25-49 123
< $25 633
Not specified 421

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 91
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 49
Modafinil (Provigil) 45
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 20
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 20

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 50
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 28
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 20
Modafinil (Provigil) 12
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 8

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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92 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

Jan 15, 2020 (Started Nov 13, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feeling hot/overheating, teeth grinding (bruxism), dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The XR caused more side effects opposed to the Vyvanse. In college, i was on tablets, don't recall any bad side effects....... Something to consider
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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