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 908 568
Fatigue 654 438
Problems concentrating 426 316
Attention deficit disorder 114 75
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 76 77

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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 220
Mild 447
None 456

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 84
Dry mouth 69
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 36
10 mg daily 27
20 mg daily 25
20 mg twice daily 25
30 mg twice daily 19
40 mg daily 16
10 mg twice daily 12
60 mg daily 12
5 mg daily 6
25 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 125
Other 120
Expense 36
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 29
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 453 patients who've stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 100
6 months - 1 year 71
1 - 2 years 63
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 785
Usually 302
Sometimes 87
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 208
Not at all hard to take 855
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 47
$50-99 59
$25-49 117
< $25 586
Not specified 378

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 76
Modafinil (Provigil) 39
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 37
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 19
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 15

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 39
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 24
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

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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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