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) 720 439
Fatigue 569 369
Problems concentrating 373 268
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 96 61
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 73 70
Brain fog 41 30

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 63
Moderate 205
Mild 374
None 359

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 62
Insomnia 42
Anxious mood 41
Weight loss 39
Loss of appetite 38
Decreased appetite 37

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 40
20 mg twice daily 24
20 mg daily 23
30 mg twice daily 17
10 mg twice daily 11
10 mg daily 10
25 mg daily 9
20 mg three times daily 9
40 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 129
Side effects too severe 126
Other 108
Doctor's advice 107
Expense 34
Personal research 27
Change in health plan coverage 23
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 397 patients who’ve stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 55
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 72
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 61
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 653
Usually 256
Sometimes 75
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 92
A little hard to take 179
Not at all hard to take 701
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 44
$50-99 50
$25-49 103
< $25 496
Not specified 297

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 53
Modafinil (Provigil) 27
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 18
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 13
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 9

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 20
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 14
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 8
Modafinil (Provigil) 5
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 4

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: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
28 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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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