What Is Dexedrine 10mg (Dextroamphetamine sulfate)?
Dexedrine 10mg (Dextroamphetamine sulfate) is the generic form of the brand name drug Dexedrine, which is used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The prescription medicine is also sometimes used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder).
Dextroamphetamine is in a class of medicines known as nervous system stimulants.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the medicine in 1975. It’s manufactured by Amedra Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Dexedrine 10mg (Dextroamphetamine sulfate) Warnings
Dexedrine 10mg (Dextroamphetamine sulfate) carries a black-box warning because it can be habit-forming, and overuse can result in serious heart problems or sudden death.
Don’t take larger doses of this medicine or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever abused alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medicines.
You may experience unwanted side effects such as depression or extreme tiredness if you stop taking the medicine after overusing it.
Don’t stop using dextroamphetamine suddenly without talking to your doctor, especially if you’ve overused the drug. Your physician will probably gradually decrease your dose.
You might develop a tolerance to the drug if you take it for a long period of time. Talk to your doctor if dextroamphetamine stops working for you.
Don’t sell or let anyone use your prescription of dextroamphetamine. Store this medicine in a safe place, so no one else can access it.
The risk of sudden death or heart trouble caused by dextroamphetamine is higher in children and adults who have existing heart conditions.
Before taking dextroamphetamine, tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
A heart attack
High blood pressure
Heart or blood vessel disease
Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
A heart defect such as a small hole in your heart
An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Any other heart problems or a family history of heart problems
Circulation problems in your hands or feet
Glaucoma (a group of eye disorders)
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental health concern
An abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG)
You should also tell your physician if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had verbal tics, facial or motor tics, or Tourette’s syndrome.
The medicine can increase your risk of circulation problems. Tell your doctor right away if your fingers or toes feel numb, cool, or painful.
Also, tell your physician immediately if you experience skin color changes or unexplained wounds on your fingers or toes.
Dextroamphetamine also carries a warning about the risk of developing psychiatric problems such as new or worse bipolar symptoms, new or worse aggression, or hallucinations.
Tell your healthcare provider if you or anyone in your family has thought about or attempted suicide.
Dextroamphetamine may slow a child’s growth or weight. Talk to your doctor about this potential risk.
Tell your doctor you’re taking this medicine before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
This drug shouldn’t be used in children younger than three years old.
Dextroamphetamine ‘High’ and Abuse
Some people have used dextroamphetamine to get high.
Anecdotal accounts also describe people using the drug to enhance athletic performance, boost weight loss, and improve test-taking results.
Using dextroamphetamine for these purposes is extremely dangerous and could increase your risk of serious or life-threatening side effects.
Take this (and all drugs) only as prescribed by your doctor, and store the drug safely so that it can’t be taken by children, teenagers, or anyone for whom it was not prescribed.
Pregnancy and Dextroamphetamine
It’s not known whether dextroamphetamine will harm an unborn baby.
Don’t take this medicine if you’re pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant without first discussing the risks with a doctor.
The drug is found in breast milk and could harm a breastfeeding baby.
You shouldn’t breastfeed while taking dextroamphetamine.
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Dextroamphetamine Side Effects
h3>Common Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don’t go away:
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Dry mouth or unpleasant taste
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body
Constipation or diarrhea
Loss of appetite or weight loss
A change in sex drive or ability
Serious Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the Warning section or any of the following serious side effects:
Pounding or fast heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Difficult or slow speech
Dizziness or fainting
Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
Feeling paranoid or unusually suspicious
A frenzied or unusually excited mood