What is Dextroamphetamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dextroamphetamine is a stimulant that is used for the treatment of narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It may also be used for obesity; depression; and abnormal behavioral syndrome in children.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 75 54
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 58 42
Narcolepsy 30 15
Problems concentrating 17 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9 13

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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 7
Moderate 29
Mild 53
None 42

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 13
Insomnia 11
Anxious mood 9
Decreased appetite 7
Nervousness 6
Dehydration 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 6
15 mg twice daily 4
5 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
15 mg daily 2
0.1 mg daily 1
10 other weekly 1
7.5 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 23
Other 22
Side effects too severe 18
Doctor's advice 15
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 57 patients who've stopped taking Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 82
Usually 36
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 76
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 4
< $25 65
Not specified 50

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 7
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 6
Modafinil (Provigil) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 4
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 1
Methamphetamine (Desoxyn) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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5 patient evaluations for Dextroamphetamine

Jan 28, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 14, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 22, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 23, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for social anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 27, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for social anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: tolerance must be prevented, of course.......5-40+ mg/day of Memantine, along with 2-7 day breaks every once in a while, works quite well to prevent tolerance to the antidepressant/antianxiety effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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