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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.

Understanding Dexedrine

dexedrineDexedrine 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 now for a Dexedrine addiction.

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

13million

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

1976year of approval

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

15,585ER visits

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

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.

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, call us to find available treatment options in your area.

Sources & Author Last Edited: January 21, 2016

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