What is Dextroamphetamine?
Methylphenidate and dexamphetamine are two of the most commonly prescribed stimulants for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is often recommended as the drug of first choice.
Dexedrine is a central nervous system stimulant, chemically similar to other synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine, and lisdexamfetamine [LINK]. The effects these drugs produce is an increase in the levels of the pleasure-hormone dopamine in the brain. This then causes higher heart rate, increased body temperature and heightened breathing rate, along euphoria, alertness and increased ability to focus.
Dextroamphetamine is the main chemical in: Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Dexamphetamine, Liquadd, Oxydess, ProCentra, Spancaps and Zenzedi. Adderall contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine; while Vyvanse has dextroamphetamine and lisdexamfetamine.
Street names for dextroamphetamine include: go-pills, pep pills, speed, uppers, crank, bennies, black beauties, dexies, co-pilots, footballs.
Dexedrine is a Schedule II Controlled Substance in the US, which indicates it possesses the highest potential for addiction.
What is Dexedrine prescribed for?
Dexedrine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy or as a short-term basis to kickstart weight loss in obesity conditions. Dexedrine is usually only prescribed after the person does not respond to Vyvanse/ Adderall or Ritalin.
However, some people may self-medicate with Dexedrine in order to get an euphoric high, lose a lot of weight or to boost study performance in school.
Common Dexedrine side effects may include: rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, mood swings, hallucinations, sleep difficulties, excessive tiredness, restlessness, verbal tics, aggressive behavior and changes in sexual drive.
Dexedrine abuse has serious health risks: impaired memory, unhealthy weight loss and malnutrition, impaired vision, psychotic symptoms, tremors, seizures, heart attack, stroke.
Dexedrine Rehab Treatment
When abruptly stopping use, the person will experience dexedrine withdrawal symptoms: depression, drug craving, extreme fatigue, irritability, insomnia or even paranoia, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.
A professional dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) detox programme at Castle Craig starts with a thorough medical assessment by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Each patient is treated individually: based on each patient’s medical history, drug use history and personal needs, the Consultant Psychiatrist will establish the detox regime.
Our Dexedrine detox programme provides round-the-clock medical supervision. Our residential nursing staff monitor each patient regularly and carefully manage Dexedrine withdrawal signs to minimise its uncomfortable effects.
Medically-assisted detox is not recommended in the treatment for addiction. As a result, the recommended Dexedrine detox method involves gradually reducing the dose over time, under close medical monitoring.
Rehab Treatment for Dexedrine Addiction
Dexedrine is widely abused among pilots, cross-country truckers, students and soldiers due to its performance-enhancing effects and fatigue-suppression consequences A residential rehab programme is the recommended type of treatment for long-lasting recovery from Dexedrine addiction.
Castle Craig offers an integrated Dexedrine addiction treatment programme, which includes an intensive, personalised psychotherapy treatment plan for each patient.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most beneficial treatment for Dexedrine addiction. The patients adhere to a daily treatment schedule that brings a stable and healthy lifestyle back into their routine: this is comprised of individual and group psychotherapy sessions, complementary therapies, educational lectures, regular meals and exercise, relapse prevention training and 12-step support groups.
People abusing Dexedrine often present other co-occurring conditions such as undiagnosed ADHD, trauma, depression and eating disorders. These need to be addressed alongside addiction treatment, otherwise recovery is impossible. Castle Craig has the expertise to treat these conditions holistically by examining the underlying psychological causes of Dexedrine addiction, during dual-diagnosis treatment sessions.
We provide each patient with a personalised two-year aftercare plan which will act as a guide for their ongoing recovery, while Castle Craig remains a permanent support and therapy resource in their lives.
Get Help for Dexedrine Addiction
If you or someone you know is abusing dextroamphetamine-based medication or shows addiction signs to Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Dexamphetamine, ProCentra or other stimulants, contact us to get help. Castle Craig Hospital has over 30 years experience in treating amphetamine and stimulant addiction.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021