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 964 604
Fatigue 677 457
Problems concentrating 457 335
Attention deficit disorder 119 79
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 80 78

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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 Percentage
Severe 77
Moderate 230
Mild 464
None 482

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 92
Dry mouth 77
Weight loss 47
Insomnia 46
Anxious mood 45
Headaches 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 mg daily 20
20 mg twice daily 16
20 mg daily 15
30 mg twice daily 15
60 mg daily 10
10 mg daily 9
15 mg daily 8
10 mg twice daily 6
40 mg daily 6
20 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 153
Did not seem to work 145
Doctor's advice 127
Other 127
Expense 36
Personal research 34
Change in health plan coverage 28
Course of treatment ended 18
See all 472 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 41

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 86
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 69
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 829
Usually 310
Sometimes 91
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 211
Not at all hard to take 907
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 13
$100-199 50
$50-99 62
$25-49 119
< $25 607
Not specified 402

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 86
Modafinil (Provigil) 46
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 44
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 17

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) 17
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 7

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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