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
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 682 411
Fatigue 541 346
Problems concentrating 329 237
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 90 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 72 69
Brain fog 41 30

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 60
Moderate 195
Mild 342
None 341

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 55
Insomnia 43
Weight loss 39
Anxious mood 36
Loss of appetite 34
Decreased appetite 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 28
20 mg daily 19
20 mg twice daily 17
30 mg twice daily 12
40 mg daily 10
10 mg daily 9
60 mg daily 9
10 mg twice daily 8
25 mg daily 8
20 mg three times daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 123
Did not seem to work 122
Other 105
Doctor's advice 104
Expense 34
Personal research 25
Change in health plan coverage 22
Course of treatment ended 16
See all 384 patients who’ve stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 70
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 613
Usually 240
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 89
A little hard to take 170
Not at all hard to take 651
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 42
$50-99 46
$25-49 99
< $25 458
Not specified 283

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 43
Modafinil (Provigil) 23
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 13
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 10
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 7

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 18
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 9
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 7
Modafinil (Provigil) 5
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 4

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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90 patient evaluations for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

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Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:M43y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:10y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See Echo Mountain's full Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine history

May 15, 2016 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication helped me focus and I couldn't see any long term side effects, but I didn't have any objective testing to verify that.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 6, 2010 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication improved my concentration, almost to the point of making me obsessive about the area of interest. I have enough energy to participate in home life nearly every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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MomaK
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MomaK
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F44y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:10y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 22, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (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

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Secondwinds
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Secondwinds
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F57y
CFS:25y Dx
FM:20y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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Mar 28, 2016 (Started Dec 12, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Loss of energy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Same as above although environmentally I feel forced to do more because I am in my home town with family and most of them do not understand. I do not drink and that is a Peer / Family pressure from way back and for the last year I stopped allowing their influence period. Old habits die hard and I am back in the old haunts.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 7, 2015 (Started Dec 12, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Loss of energy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibro fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I am able to do more for myself than when I have not been on this medication. I do not lay in bed all day anymore however "push crash" is a constant reminder of no matter what energy I have I can deplete a reserve easily so I am accutely aware of my schedule.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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