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Dextroamphetamine Antidepressant : Dextrostat
Brand Name : Dextrostat
Dextroamphetamine is a stimulant and an appetite suppressant. It stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain) by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in your body. This causes increased heart rate and blood pressure and a decreased appetite, among other effects.
Uses of Dextroamphetamine
- Dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD).
- Dextroamphetamine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
- This drug may also be used to treat certain sleeping disorders (narcolepsy). It should not be used to treat tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.
How to Take Dextroamphetamine
- Take Dexedrine exactly as prescribed. If it is prescribed in tablet form, you may need up to 3 doses a day. Take the first dose when you wake up; take the next 1 or 2 doses at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. You can take the sustained-release capsules only once a day.
- Do not take Dexedrine late in the day, since this could cause insomnia. If you experience insomnia or loss of appetite while taking this drug, notify your doctor; you may need a lower dosage.
- It is likely that your doctor will periodically take you off Dexedrine to determine whether you still need it.
- Do not chew or crush the sustained-release form, Dexedrine Spansules.
- Take each dose with a full glass of water.
What are the Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine Medication
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 may include:
- Excessive restlessness
- Changes in sex drive
- dry mouth
- exaggerated feeling of well-being or depression
- heart palpitations
- high blood pressure
- loss of appetite
- rapid heartbeat
- stomach and intestinal disturbances
- uncontrollable twitching or jerking
- unpleasant taste in the mouth
- weight loss
Warnings and precautions before taking Dextroamphetamine Medication
- Be aware that one of the inactive ingredients in Dexedrine is a yellow food coloring called tartrazine (Yellow No. 5). In a few people, particularly those who are allergic to aspirin, tartrazine can cause a severe allergic reaction.
- Dexedrine may impair judgment or coordination. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how you react to the medication.
- There is some concern that Dexedrine may stunt a child's growth. For the sake of safety, any child who takes Dexedrine should have his or her growth monitored.
- This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages.
- This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
What drugs may interact with Dextroamphetamine Tablet
If Dexedrine is taken with certain foods or drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dexedrine with the following:
- Ammonium chloride
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
- Fruit juices
- Glutamic acid hydrochloride
- Haloperidol (Haldol)
- Lithium carbonate (Eskalith)
- Methenamine (Urised)
- Sodium acid phosphate
- Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)
What to do if you take Overdose of Dextroamphetamine ?
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
- high fever
- heightened reflexes
- high or low blood pressure
- irregular heartbeat
- rapid breathing
How to Store Dextroamphetamine ?
Tablets should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 °C (59-86 °F). Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature, away from light and excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.