Medication and Drugs

What is dexedrine?

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2007-02-14 07:59:11

Dextroamphetamine is a powerful psychostimulant which produces increased wakefulness, energy and self-confidence in association with decreased fatigue and appetite. It works primarily by inducing the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine from their storage areas in nerve terminals. Other common names for dextroamphetamine include d-amphetamine, dexamphetamine, (S)-(+)-amphetamine, and brand names such as Dexedrine and Dextrostat. Dextroamphetamine, commonly abbreviated as d-amphetamine, is the dextrorotary stereoisomer of the amphetamine molecule, which can take two different forms. Its stimulant properties are similar to those of Ritalin and methamphetamine, though with a slower onset of action and a duration that lies somewhere between the two. It is perhaps the archetypal euphoric stimulant, and drugs with similar psychoactive properties are often referred to as "amphetamine analogues", or described as having "amphetamine-like" effects. Both dopamine and norepinephrine are significant in dextroamphetamine's mechanism of action. In broad terms, dopamine is responsible for boosting mental focus and mood, while norepinephrine causes the typical fight-or-flight effects of appetite-suppression, reduced sense of fatigue, dry mouth and increased blood pressure.[1] Dextroamphetamine is most often prescribed as dextroamphetamine sulfate, available as 5 mg and 10 mg tablets, as well as 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg time-release capsules. Other forms of the drug include the popular ADHD medication Adderall and its generic derivatives which contain equal proportions, by weight, of dextroamphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharate and the sulfate and Aspartate Monohydrate salts of racemic d,l-amphetamine). The aspartate, saccharate and sulfate forms differ pharmacokinetically in the rate at which they are metabolized by the body. Dextroamphetamine is commonly used for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or well-established narcolepsy, generally where non-pharmacological measures have proved insufficient. In some localities it has replaced methylphenidate as the first-choice medication for ADHD, a role in which it is considered highly effective. It is occasionally prescribed for weight-loss in cases of extreme obesity. Dextroamphetamine is contraindicated for patients with a history of substance abuse. Though such use remains out of the mainstream, dextroamphetamine has been successfully applied in the treatment of certain categories of depression as well as other psychiatric syndromes.[2] Such alternate uses include reduction of fatigue in cancer patients, antidepressant treatment for HIV patients with depression and debilitating fatigue,[3] early stage physiotherapy for severe stroke victims,[4] and replacement therapy for those with methamphetamine addiction.

User Avatar

Your Answer

Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

Is Dexedrine a stimulant hallucinogen or depressant?

Dexedrine is dextroamphetamine - amphetamines are stimulants.

Can dexedrine and barbituets be taken together?

Dexedrine can be taken with barbiturates, such as butalbital.

How long does dexedrine stay in your system?

i have two questions they might be a crazy questions but how long dose dexedrine stay in your system.? Or can there be dexedrine in the recipe of lsd

Is dexedrine and dextroamphetamine the same drug?

Yes, dexedrine is an instant release form of dextroamphetamine

Is there a Dexedrine shortage?


Is Dexedrine a stimulant?

Yes; Dexedrine is the brand name for the central nervous system stimulant dextroamphetamine.

What is the difference between Adderall and Dexedrine?

adderall has 4 kinds of amphetamine in it, dexedrine only has dextro-amphetamine

Is dexedrine a stimulant depresant or hallucinogenic?

Dexedrine is a stimulant for a person with a normal metabolism. However if Dexedrine is given to a person with ADHD it may slow down their system so they can focus and complete tasks.

What do you take dexedrine for?


How is dexedrine taken?

By mouth.

Is dexedrine a narcotic?


Where is dexedrine available?

From most local Pharmacies - Rx Prescription (signed by medical professional) required for purchase. Dexedrine is an Amphetamine

In what strengths is Dexedrine available?

DEXEDRINE STENGHTHSDEXEDRINE IS SUPPLIED IN: ~TABLETS 5 mg & 10 mg ~SPANSULES (time-release capsules) 5 mg, 10 mg & 15 mg NOTE: Dexedrine is a schedule II controlled drug, so always keep it in the original container with your name on it...........>>

How do you snort dexedrine?

have you tried your nose?

Can you take Tylenol with Dexedrine?

People that I know, that take Dexedrine, have taken Tylenol when they have had a headache. To my knowledge they have not experienced any adverse effects.

Which ia stronger Adderall or Dexedrine?


How long does Dexedrine last?

11 hours

Why do people say that Dexedrine is better for social anxiety than Ritalin or Adderall?

dexedrine causes less anxiety but is the most powerful. strange eh??

Is Dexedrine used for depression and lack of concentration?

Dexedrine is normally prescribed for ADHD, however some psychiatrists are willing to use it off label in the fashion

What is the street name for dexedrine and benzedrine?

Benzedrine-Speed, Go-fast, cringe, uppers, benniesDexedrine- Dexies, Ice, crack, that is all i know

Can you mix suboxone with dexedrine?

Yes. I'm prescribed 8mg of suboxone twice a day as well as 5mgs of dexedrine in the morning & 10mgs of dexedrine in the afternnon & another 10mg of it before night classes. However i do find myself taking 10 in the morning, 10 in the afternoon and 20 at night but i have a tolerance. but suboxone and dexedrine have actually both worked very well together for me. not so panicky...

Can Dexedrine and welbutrin be taken together?

NO! it can cause a seizure..

Can you buy Dexedrine from vitamin stores?

No its a Rx drug

Dexedrine into a suppository and take it anally?

jes maybe

What is the brand name of amphetamine in India?

spasmo proxyvon,dexedrine,

Still have questions?