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 890 554
Fatigue 645 438
Problems concentrating 415 313
Attention deficit disorder 112 75
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 75 76
Narcolepsy 43 24

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 74
Moderate 218
Mild 440
None 450

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 83
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 41
20 mg daily 30
10 mg daily 27
20 mg twice daily 22
30 mg twice daily 20
10 mg twice daily 15
60 mg daily 14
40 mg daily 13
25 mg daily 8
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 4
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 84
10 years or more 51

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 777
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 841
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 46
$50-99 58
$25-49 117
< $25 582
Not specified 367

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

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94 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Sep 28, 2008 (Started Sep 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (apathy, headaches, small flacid (u-no-what), mood elevated or improved, always feel urgent need to be doing something productive, restlessness (akathisia), tiredness, muscle tension, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take it with magnesium. The main focusing effects last longer...like a lot longer. The side effects don't get greater or last all that much longer. So I think its a pretty safe thing. Plus, you never get the amount of magnesium you need anyway. Be prepared to be "UNCOMFORTABLY ENERGETIC". Also, any amounts of caffeine will make you hyper. Avoid eating or drinking anything acidic 1hr before or 2hrs afterward as it will lower the absorption of the chemical into your bloodstream. Anything basic has the opposite effect - causing side effects to worsen. Overall... It's a very useful thing. It's just uncomfortable at first, and I'm still adjusting to it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: apathy, dry mouth, restlessness (akathisia), small flacid (u-no-what), mood elevated or improved, muscle tension, always feel urgent need to be doing something productive, tiredness, headaches

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Oct 19, 2008 (Started Oct 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for brain fog)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (druggy buzz)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Side effects: druggy buzz

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 17, 2009 (Started Aug 08, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (overly talkative (talk too much), mood elevated or improved, always feel urgent need to be doing something productive, restlessness (akathisia), dry mouth, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It should only be taken as prescribed. Defianately. Never give it to anyone else, this medication can be fatal to someone with certain medical problems.
Side effects: dry mouth, restlessness (akathisia), mood elevated or improved, overly talkative (talk too much), always feel urgent need to be doing something productive, weight loss

  • 1 helpful mark
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