Dexedrine ADHD Medication

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Dexedrine (Dexamphetamine or Dextroamphetamine) ADHD Medication

Dexedrine is a central nervous system stimulant used as medication in the treatment of ADHD.

It is from the amphetamine family, and is manufactured in 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg pills, and 5mg, 10mg. or 15mg capsules. Dexedrine comes in a very effective Spansule formula for a longer effective dose (one dose a day gets you through school). it is very similar to Ritalin in its benefits to individuals with ADHD. It can be less harsh, as it seems to start more gradually, and come to the end of its dose without the harsh "crash" or "trough period" of Ritalin.

Cognitive Enhancing Drugs - Adderall and Dexedrine

Old news report on Dexedrine and Adderall use by students

Here is an alternative to Dexedrine to consider. In the chart below compare the effectiveness of Stimulant ADHD medication (most of the subjects were using Ritalin, but many were using Dexedrine or Adderall in the study, and all were lumped together into the category of "stimulants") with ATTEND natural homeopathic medicine with specific amino acid combinations. You will find that the ATTEND is as powerful as the stimulants, but is much easier to tolerate, has fewer side effects than Dexedrine or other stimulants, and is much healthier.

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Dexedrine ADHD Medication and Side Effects

Even though Dexedrine can be helpful in the treatment of ADHD, the list of drawbacks, or Dexedrine side effects, is very long.

Read the list below, and then consider ATTEND the alternative to Dexedrine.

FDA Warnings on Dexedrine

Do not take monoamine oxidase inhibitors with this drug. Check with your physician if you are taking any of the following: Chlorpromazine, ethosuximide, haloperidol, antihypertensive, medications, meperidine, norepinphrine, phenytion, propoxphene, any beta blocker, digitalis, or thyroid hormones. A variety of neurological toxic effects can occur, sometimes with fatal results.

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The habit-forming potential is high. Psychological and physical dependence is possible. Addiction is rare in children but a problem with adults.

Long-term effects on children have not been well established (might be a problem). Children who take this drug on a long-term basis should be examined every four to six months.

The physician should:

  • monitor height and weight to see if growth is being inhibited as feared might happen,
  • check for the presence of tics which may start after using stimulants,
  • measure blood pressure and pulse which may elevate unacceptably with stimulant use,
  • and ask about other Dexedrine side effects.

Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.

Do not give this drug to children under the age of three.

Do not drink alcohol while taking this drug.

Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past. If you have a history of drug alcohol abuse. If you have a psychotic disorder of any type.

Inform your Doctor if:

  • You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past.
  • If you have epilepsy, glaucoma, heart / blood vessel disease.
  • If you have high blood pressure, or a history of Touette's syndrome.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drug.
  • If you will have anesthesia or any surgery in the next few months.
  • If you will be undergoing any medical tests.
  • If you have a history of drug or alcohol dependence.

Dextroamphetamine : Symptoms or Side Effects

Pretty Common Dexedrine Side Effects include : Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight loss, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, and anger.

Less Common, but Serious Dexedrine Side Effects include : Abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite and weight loss, mood changes, increased temper outbursts, lack of coordination, tics or other unusual movements, Tourette's Syndrome, irritability, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, skin rash, hives, blurred vision, sexual problems, or paranoia. If any of these start, SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN ASAP.

Beware of: Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, dizziness, or restlessness. SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN ASAP.

Stop taking the Dexedrine, and see your physician NOW: Abdominal pain, headache, lack of coordination, tics / unusual movements, skin rash, hives, or paranoia.

Why Not Try ATTEND first? ATTEND is a powerul, safe, and healthy alternative to Dexedrine without the potential Dexedrine side effects.

Other Opinions:

The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy Worsens - Huffington Post (blog)

The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy WorsensHuffington Post (blog)The scientific literature actually shows that 50 percent or more of children this young when given Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Adderall and other stim ...

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Dexedrine Abuse .com welcomes you to our site which is a formidable resource for the problem of Dexedrine Abuse. Learn more about this problem or talk to our counselors.

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Stomach issues with dexedrine Dexedrine/Dextrostat.

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Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Tehachapi, CA who has been a counselor to children, teens, and adults helping them to overcome ADHD, find relief for depression or anxiety, and solve other problems in life since 1989. He served on the medical advisory board to the company that makes Attend and Extress from 1997 through 2011, and he is the Editor of the ADHD Information Library online resource at His weekly ADHD Newsletter goes out to 9,500 families. Visit his website at for more information on achieving greater health, personal growth, Christ-centered spirituality, stress management, parenting skills, ADHD, working out the stresses of being a care-giver to elderly parents and also being a parent to teenagers, or finding greater meaning in retirement years, Dr. Cowan can be a valuable resource to you.

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Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT
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