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 919 576
Fatigue 661 443
Problems concentrating 435 320
Attention deficit disorder 116 76
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 77 78

Show all 139 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 75
Moderate 223
Mild 453
None 458

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 85
Dry mouth 73
Insomnia 45
Weight loss 44
Anxious mood 43
Headaches 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 32
20 mg daily 25
10 mg daily 23
20 mg twice daily 22
30 mg twice daily 15
40 mg daily 14
10 mg twice daily 12
60 mg daily 10
20 mg three times daily 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 146
Did not seem to work 138
Doctor's advice 126
Other 121
Expense 36
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 28
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 454 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 101
6 months - 1 year 69
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 790
Usually 307
Sometimes 89
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 210
Not at all hard to take 863
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 47
$50-99 61
$25-49 117
< $25 589
Not specified 383

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 79
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 42
Modafinil (Provigil) 39
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 16

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 42
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 24
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 16
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 7

Show all 18 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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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