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Dextroamphetamine

Sounds Like: DEX.trow.am.FET.ah.meen

Classification: Amphetamine enantiomer

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Dextroamphetamine

  • Dexedrine
  • Dextrostat
  • Xelstrym
  • Dexamphetamine

Dextroamphetamine Addiction

Dextroamphetamine comes with a considerable likelihood of addiction, especially in cases of recreational use. However, it’s not as likely to occur in long-term medical use at therapeutic doses. Addiction typically stems from patients deviating from the prescribed usage. In fact, current data draws statistical correlations between lifetime stimulant therapy for ADHD and a reduction in the risk of developing substance use disorders in adulthood if that therapy begins in childhood. 

The key there, though, is therapeutic dosage. Amphetamine addiction is consistently based on overstimulation of the mesolimbic pathway in the brain’s dopaminergic system connecting the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens. People who self-administer high doses incur high risk levels for amphetamine addiction. Chronic use at high doses gradually causes the accumulation of a specific protein in that nucleus accumbus area. The protein in question has recently been described by some as the “master control protein” for addiction.

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Intended Use of Dextroamphetamine

Dexedrine is a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Outside of these two disorders, it can also be occasionally prescribed to treat depression or obesity. ADHD patients receive this medicine most often at therapeutic dosages to enhance brain development and nerve growth.

How Dextroamphetamine Is Taken

Dextroamphetamine generally comes in the form of a pill. In particular, it’s often administered in spansules of three sizes: five, ten or 15 mg. Spansules are capsules that can be pulled apart. At the five-mg level, it can also come as a tablet.

Side Effects of
Dextroamphetamine

  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Tachycardia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Chronic erections
  • Nasal congestion
  • Seizure threshold shrinkage

Signs of an
Addiction to Dextroamphetamine

Compulsive Dextroamphetamine seeking behavior

Consistently filling another prescription ahead of schedule

Taking it in ways other than how it was prescribed

Unwillingness to eat anything but Dextroamphetamine tablets

Dextroamphetamine
Abuse Facts

Beware that amphetamine decreases the efficacy of depressants and sedatives yet increases the effects of stimulants.

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