Dexedrine is the brand name for dextroamphetamine, a potent stimulant. Dexedrine is prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (falling asleep at inappropriate times without any control).
In the United States, Dexedrine is classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. A Schedule II drug means that it has a recognized medical use but has also a high potential for abuse and addiction.
There are serious health concerns caused by Dexedrine abuse, including:
Over the years Dexedrine and other stimulants have seen an increase in non-medical use. These are used for the following reasons:
Dexedrine comes in pill, capsule and tablet form and is taken orally. However, to get high, users may snort or inject it to get an intense high. These methods can bring about addiction faster and have serious health risks.
These are a few of the health risks:
Dexedrine abuse may lead to physical dependence in a relatively short time.
Taking this medication as prescribed may have some possible side effects like restlessness, trouble sleeping, tremors, and weight loss. More severe side effects may suggest abuse. Here are some of these effects:
Some physical dependencies may occur even when a person uses Dexedrine as prescribed. When a person abuses Dexedrine, especially at higher doses, the physical dependencies may occur faster.
Although not life-threatening, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may occur when a person stops using stimulants. The mental and physical effects of stimulant withdrawal will produce the opposite effect of the drug. That is that the drug which provided feelings of enhanced mood and energy will cause feelings of depression, low energy, and apathy in withdrawal. Some symptoms may be present for up to 5 months.
Stimulants like Dexedrine have similar withdrawal phases:
Dexedrine in 10mg is a brown-capped, natural-coloured body taper-end capsule, with 2 shades of orange pellets, monogrammed “3513” on the cap with “10 mg” and “SB” on the body in white ink. Dexedrine 15 mg is identical but with the inscription “15 mg” and “SB” on the body in white ink.
Dexedrine tablets come in 5 mg dosage and are orange, round-cornered, equilateral triangular-shaped, scored, compressed tablet engraved with the Paladin shield logo.