Dexedrine Street Names

Dexedrine is the common name of dextroaphetamine sulfate, a prescription psycho-stimulant drug that produces an amphetamine-like effect on users. Amphetamines are stimulants that speed brain activity. Dexedrine use leads to enhanced brain activity and can be used to eliminate feelings of fatigue. On prescription, the drug is available in sustained release capsule and tablet form and is prescribed for the following conditions:

  • Treating the effects of attention deficit disorder in adults and children
  • Narcolepsy (recurrent "sleep attacks")
  • Obesity
  • Depression

In the late '60s and early '70s, Dexedrine became very popular as a prescription weight loss aid due to its ability to suppress appetite.

Since its introduction, dextroaphetamine has been marketed in a number of forms and it soon emerged that many people were abusing the drug, which indicated that Dexedrine has a high addiction potential. Due to its addiction qualities, Dexedrine is a federally controlled substance. When used correctly, most patients tolerate it well. Health practitioners start you off on small dosages and progressively increase it to find the correct amount. When used according to the doctor's instructions, only minor side effects are likely to occur. These often require no treatment or can be easily treated with the help of your healthcare provider.

Amphetamine are frequently used for recreational purposes and can be injected or taken orally. However, the introduction of ice, which is the street name for crystallized methamphetamine chloride, has led to an increase in smoking as a way of administration. 'Ice" is the crack equivalent of "crack in this respect. Dexedrine is known by a number of other street names including uppers, speed, crank, bennies and black beauties.

Common side effects of Dexedrine

Dexedrine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials involving many users and its side effects are well documented. When used either for medical reasons or in a recreational capacity, dextroaphemtamine causes a number of adverse reactions and side effects. The severity of the adverse reactions varies depending on amount taken as well as length of use. The most common side effects of the drug include:

  • Restlessness, overstimulation or insomnia
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Erectile dysfunction and changes in sex drive
  • Hallucinations (hearing o seeing things that are not actually there)
  • Strange behavior, restlessness and agitation
  • Fainting and or seizures
  • Changes in vision
  • Uncontrolled movement of the arms, legs, mouth, head and neck (tics or Tourette's syndrome)
  • Symptoms of common allergic reactions such as unexplained itching, skin rash, troubled breathing and unexplained swelling.
  • In children, Dexedrine use is also known to cause temporary slowing of growth. However, the change is usually small and most children catch up to within normal limits with time.

Most people who get addicted to Dexedrine may have been caught off guard by the drug's addiction qualities. They may have used the drug over a long period on prescription or they may have popped a few pills to stay awake in class or at work, and now they are hooked. However, the biggest obstacle for those trying to quit Dexedrine are the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms experienced by long-term users when they abruptly stop using the drug. When taking the drug for medical purposes, it is important to look out for symptoms of dependency and inform your health care provider. These include a strong overwhelming desire to keep using Dexedrine and a need to increase the dosage to maintain the drug's effects. The physician will help you discontinue the medication in a safe and careful manner. According to the United States drug enforcement administration, these withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Extreme fatigue (the "crash")
  • An overwhelming craving for the drug
  • Symptoms of Dexedrine overdone
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Assaultiveness
  • Convulsions, tremors
  • Depression
  • Heightened reflexes
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting, sometimes accompanied by involuntary abdominal cramps
  • Irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, panic and restlessness
  • Sudden death for patients with serious heart problems such as pre-existing structural cardiac abnormalities

Taking Dexedrine can exacerbate symptom of behavior disturbance or though disorder in patients with pre-existing psychotic disorders. It can also lead to an emergence of new manic or psychotic symptoms such as delusional thinking, hallucinations or mania in both children and adults who have no history of illness can be caused by use of Dexedrine over a sustained period or in high doses

Dexedrine is a highly addictive prescription drug. Depending on a number of factors including the extent of the addiction, rehabilitation and recovery from dextroamphetamine addiction may require treatment program ranging from certified addiction counseling to treatment at residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.