What is Amphetamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Amphetamine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain) by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in the body. This increases heart rate and blood pressure and decreases appetite, among other effects. It is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 10 11
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 7 5
Attention deficit disorder 2 2
Bipolar mixed episodes 1 1
Depressed mood 1 1

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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 4
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amphetamine

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 3
Anxious mood 1
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 1
Generalized anxiety disorder 1
Heart palpitations 1
Hyperactivity 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amphetamine

Dosage Patients
1 g five times daily 1
5 mg daily 1
15.7 mg daily 1
18.8 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
90 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Amphetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
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Duration

Currently taking Amphetamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Amphetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amphetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 2
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 1

Patients stopped taking Amphetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Guanfacine (Tenex) 1
Modafinil (Provigil) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Amphetamine

Jul 27, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (jaw clenching, anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 12, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 g All the time (24/7)
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 1, 2009 (Started Apr 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hyperactivity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hyperactivity

  • 0 helpful marks
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