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 851 533
Fatigue 633 429
Problems concentrating 391 301
Attention deficit disorder 112 74
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 74 75
Brain fog 40 31

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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
433
None
430

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 65
Loss of appetite 49
Anxious mood 43
Insomnia 43
Weight loss 42
Headaches 36

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 38
20 mg twice daily 20
20 mg daily 19
30 mg twice daily 17
20 mg twice daily 12
60 mg daily 12
10 mg twice daily 11
5-5-5-5 mg daily 10
10 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 138
Did not seem to work 136
Doctor's advice 118
Other 117
Expense 36
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 28
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 434 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 80
1 - 6 months 94
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 758
Usually 288
Sometimes 83
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 102
A little hard to take 205
Not at all hard to take 818
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 46
$50-99 59
$25-49 114
< $25 568
Not specified 356

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 68
Modafinil (Provigil) 36
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 28
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 18
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 12

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 33
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 12
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 5

Show all 18 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: 60 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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