What is Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine?

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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 902 562
Fatigue 651 437
Problems concentrating 421 314
Attention deficit disorder 114 75
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 76 77

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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
Severe 76
Moderate 219
Mild 444
None 450

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 84
Dry mouth 70
Insomnia 45
Anxious mood 43
Weight loss 43
Headaches 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 39
20 mg daily 30
10 mg daily 24
20 mg twice daily 24
30 mg twice daily 19
40 mg daily 14
10 mg twice daily 13
60 mg daily 12
25 mg daily 8
5 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 145
Did not seem to work 139
Doctor's advice 123
Other 119
Expense 36
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 29
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 450 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 98
6 months - 1 year 69
1 - 2 years 63
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 781
Usually 296
Sometimes 88
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 207
Not at all hard to take 848
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 47
$50-99 58
$25-49 118
< $25 581
Not specified 374

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 75
Modafinil (Provigil) 37
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 33
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 15

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Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 39
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 23
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 15
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 6

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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93 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Apr 22, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: None
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (racing heart feeling)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 29, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take 100mg every morning. Besides calming me down, ordering my mind like file folders, giving me a longer attention span and ability to stay focused; it also gives me a mood lift and a bit of extra energy in the a.m. The name is Vyvanse
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take 100mg every morning. Besides calming me down, ordering my mind like file folders, giving me a longer attention span and ability to stay focused; it also gives me a mood lift and a bit of extra energy in the a.m. I have afternoon food cravings and will overeat if not careful. I have terrible days if I run out of Vyvanse. I have taken this dose for a few years. It's efficacy has not declined. But, sometimes when I am up for a couple days from hypomanic cycling I will take an extra 30mg. Then running out early is a bitch.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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