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Sounds Like: DEK.suh.drin

Classification: Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Dexedrine

  • Dex
  • Bennies
  • Uppers

Dexedrine Addiction

What is Dexedrine?

Dexedrine is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s a long-lasting form of dextroamphetamine, which belongs to a class of drugs known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It works by affecting the area in the brain responsible for hyperactivity and impulse control. 

Therefore, Dexedrine is a prescription used to treat behavior problems in children with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and other people with narcolepsy. Prescription CNS stimulants like Dexedrine are also known as “study drugs,” because many high school and college students take the drug to stay focused on homework and other assignments. 

Dexedrine Addiction

Dexedrine is a Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has a high potential for abuse that can lead to addiction. Amphetamines like Dexedrine can increase the heart rate of users and make them feel more excited. It accomplishes this by increasing the number of chemicals in the brain that contributes to higher levels of concentration and decreased fatigue. The effects of Dexedrine resemble cocaine but last much longer. 

Repeated use of Dexedrine can cause people to experience cravings or make them feel sick if they try to quit using it. These are signs of mental and physical dependence. Many people will take more Dexedrine to feel “normal,” and might have to go through medical detox to safely remove the drug from their system.

Prolonged use can cause serious symptoms such as sleeping problems, irregular heartbeats and mood swings. Drinking alcohol while taking Dexedrine or combining it with street drugs can increase the risk of serious complications like strokes, seizures or a fatal heart attack.

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Intended Use of Dexedrine

Dexedrine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1976 to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. When prescribed by doctors, Dexedrine helps children focus and also helps people sleep better.

How Dexedrine Is Taken

Take Dexedrine exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Dexedrine is taken by mouth and available in a range of short-acting to extended-release (long-lasting) tablets. The prescription stimulant is not recommended for children under the age of six.

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Side Effects of

If any of these side effects become severe, immediately call a doctor.

  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nervousness
  • Weight loss
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth

Signs of an
Addiction to Dexedrine

Uncontrolled cravings for Dexedrine

Unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug

Physical withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit using Dexedrine

Prioritizing the use of Dexedrine over spending time with family or friends

Legal or financial problems

Use of Dexedrine despite adverse or negative behaviors

Stealing items or money to buy more Dexedrine

High blood pressure

Insomnia (trouble sleeping)

Irregular heartbeat

Abuse Facts

More than five million American misuse prescription stimulants like Dexedrine

Dexedrine has a street value of $10 per 15-milligram pill

Dexedrine is more potent than other ADHD medicines like Adderall