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
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 746 468
Fatigue 593 390
Problems concentrating 388 283
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 104 68
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 73 72
Brain fog 41 30

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 68
Moderate 208
Mild 395
None 378

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 63
Loss of appetite 44
Insomnia 42
Anxious mood 41
Weight loss 40
Decreased appetite 37

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 46
20 mg twice daily 28
30 mg twice daily 24
20 mg daily 22
5-5-5-5 mg daily 13
10 mg daily 12
20 mg three times daily 11
10 mg twice daily 10
60 mg daily 10
40 mg daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 131
Side effects too severe 129
Other 110
Doctor's advice 109
Expense 34
Personal research 28
Change in health plan coverage 23
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 405 patients who’ve stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 75
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 63
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 88
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 686
Usually 267
Sometimes 77
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 97
A little hard to take 187
Not at all hard to take 736
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 45
$50-99 56
$25-49 107
< $25 518
Not specified 312

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 56
Modafinil (Provigil) 28
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 19
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 14
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 11

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 23
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 16
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 11
Modafinil (Provigil) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 5

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Stormy48
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Stormy48
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Overwhelming
49 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See Stormy48's full Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Involuntary muscle movements)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: After taking for so long, I became immune to it, beware. It definitely makes me lose weight.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:M43y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:10y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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May 15, 2016 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication helped me focus and I couldn't see any long term side effects, but I didn't have any objective testing to verify that.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 6, 2010 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication improved my concentration, almost to the point of making me obsessive about the area of interest. I have enough energy to participate in home life nearly every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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May 15, 2016 (Started May 28, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Jittery feeling, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I took it rarely to help get me through work. It worked well, but my insurance wouldn't cover it since I was 26 and do not have an ADHD diagnosis. Coupons online helped with the cost.

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