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 889 554
Fatigue 642 431
Problems concentrating 413 306
Attention deficit disorder 112 75
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 75 76
Narcolepsy 43 24

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 74
Moderate 218
Mild 439
None 444

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 82
Dry mouth 69
Insomnia 45
Anxious mood 43
Weight loss 42
Headaches 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 43
20 mg daily 29
10 mg daily 28
20 mg twice daily 21
30 mg twice daily 19
10 mg twice daily 15
60 mg daily 14
40 mg daily 11
25 mg daily 8
7.5-7.5-7.5-7.5 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 142
Did not seem to work 139
Doctor's advice 121
Other 120
Expense 36
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 28
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 446 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 84
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 95
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 770
Usually 295
Sometimes 86
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 208
Not at all hard to take 834
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 46
$50-99 58
$25-49 117
< $25 582
Not specified 360

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 73
Modafinil (Provigil) 37
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 33
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 13

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 35
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 22
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 13
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 6

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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94 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (involuntary muscle movements)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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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