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Dexedrine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that induces the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and (to a lesser extent) norepinephrine into nerve synapses in certain areas of the brain, thus promoting nerve impulse transmission. In the majority of individuals, Dexedrine acts as a psycho-stimulant, increasing mental alertness and decreasing any sense of fatigue.

Why is Dexedrine prescribed?
Dexedrine, a stimulant drug available in tablet or sustained-release capsule form, is prescribed to help treat the following conditions:

  • Narcolepsy (recurrent "sleep attacks")
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (The total treatment program should include social, psychological, and educational guidance along with Dexedrine.)

About Dexedrine
Because Dexedrine is a stimulant, this drug has high abuse potential. The stimulant effect may give way to a letdown period of depression and fatigue. Although the letdown can be relieved by taking another dose, this soon becomes a vicious circle.

If you habitually take Dexedrine in doses higher than recommended, or if you take it over a long period of time, you may eventually become dependent on the drug and suffer from withdrawal symptoms when it is unavailable.

Dexedrine Abuse
Dexedrine users can become psychologically dependent on the drug and develop a tolerance for them. This in turn can require increasingly large doses of Dexedrine. When the drug wear off, a long period of sleep ensues, often followed by hunger and depression, which can lead to further use of Dexedrine. Dexedrine addiction has been common among such diverse groups as truck drivers, students, and athletes, who have used the drugs for increased energy, alertness, or endurance.

What side effects may occur from Dexedrine use?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Dexedrine.

More common side effects of Dexedrine may include:
Excessive restlessness, overstimulation

Other side effects of Dexedrine may include:
Changes in sex drive, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, exaggerated feeling of well-being or depression, headache, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hives, impotence, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, sleeplessness, stomach and intestinal disturbances, tremors, uncontrollable twitching or jerking, unpleasant taste in the mouth, weight loss

Effects of chronic heavy abuse of Dexedrine may include:
Hyperactivity, irritability, personality changes, schizophrenia-like thoughts and behavior, severe insomnia, severe skin disease

Dexedrine Overdose
An overdose of Dexedrine can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of an acute Dexedrine overdose may include:
Abdominal cramps, assaultiveness, coma, confusion, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, hallucinations, high fever, heightened reflexes, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea, panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, tremor, vomiting

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