Dexedrine Addiction, Abuse and Treatment

Dexedrine is an amphetamine with a high potential for abuse and addiction. The drug has a history of abuse that goes back to the 1950s.

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    Understanding Dexedrine

    Dexedrine capsulesDexedrine is the brand name for dextroamphetamine, a potent central nervous system stimulant. Dextroamphetamine is also sold under the brand name Dextrostat. Dexedrine is prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dexedrine promotes focus and calmness in people with ADHD and energy and wakefulness in those with sleep disorders.

    Dexedrine is classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This means it has a recognized medical use but also a high likelihood of abuse and addiction. Dexedrine is administered as a pill to be taken orally. Seek help for a Dexedrine addiction.

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    Dexedrine Abuse and Effects

    All amphetamines have a high potential for abuse and addiction, and Dexedrine is no exception. Abuse is classified as any type of use other than directed by a doctor, including use without a prescription or taking more than prescribed. Dexedrine abuse goes back decades. It has been abused for studying and test-taking, boosting athletic performance and helping with weight loss.

    Dexedrine isn’t as commonly prescribed as other amphetamines, but has the same risks when abused. There are serious health concerns caused by Dexedrine abuse, including:

    • Restlessness and insomnia
    • Headaches
    • Loss of appetite
    • Anxiety
    • Blurred vision
    • Increased blood pressure
    • Chest pain
    • Aggression
    • Dizziness
    • Hallucinations
    • Delusional thoughts
    • Seizures

    Dexedrine activates the brain reward system, which encourages repeated use of it. After a period of prolonged abuse, the brain can no longer function normally without the drug.

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    Signs of a Dexedrine Addiction

    Once someone’s brain has been rewired to need Dexedrine, it can be extremely difficult to stop using it. An addicted user will rely on Dexedrine to help them study or perform their athletic duties. The difference between casually using Dexedrine and having a use disorder depends on patterns of repeated abuse and negative consequences. Someone addicted to Dexedrine may recognize that they have a problem and be unable to stop using it, instead continuing to put their health at risk and damage relationships with people they care about. Learn all the signs of an addiction to Dexedrine.

    Dexedrine Abuse Statistics



    Approximately 13 million Americans use amphetamines like Dexedrine without medical supervision.


    year of approval

    Dexedrine was approved by the FDA in 1976 to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.


    ER visits

    There were 15,585 emergency room visits related to ADHD-treatment medications like Dexedrine reported in 2010.

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      Dexedrine Addiction Treatment

      Many people start using Dexedrine because they perceive it as a safe way to enhance performance. Many do not fully understand the risk of addiction until it is too late.

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      If you are addicted to Dexedrine, you aren’t alone. Help is available in the form of many different resources, including:

      • Rehabilitation programs
      • Support groups
      • 12-step programs
      • Therapy

      Detoxification is an important part of treatment to avoid withdrawal symptoms that may lead to a relapse. Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms may include headaches, depression and fatigue. Detox is usually part of rehabilitation programs and generally takes a week to get the substance out of the patient’s system and restore normal levels of dopamine to the brain.

      There are many treatment programs and support groups across the country. If you are ready to beat your addiction, contact us to find available treatment options in your area.

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