Dexedrine or dextroamphetamine is a CNS stimulant. Dexedrine affects brain and nerve chemicals which has an effect on hyperactivity & impulse control. Dexedrine is commonly used to treat patients with narcolepsy and ADHD.
Dexedrine should not be used by patients who have used MAO inhibitors before. Examples of such inhibitors include; isocarboxazid or Marplan, tranylcypromine or Parnate, phenelzine or Nardil, rasagiline or Azilect, or selegiline. If a person has used the above inhibitors within the past two weeks, you should avoid using Dexedrine because it has very serious side effects when taken before the effects of MAO inhibitors are cleared from your body.
You should also avoid Dexedrine if you are allergic to dextroamphetamine or if you suffer from arteriosclerosis (hardened arteries), heart disease, high blood pressure (moderate to severe), hypertension, glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe anxiety, agitation, or addiction problems i.e. a history of alcohol addiction. It is also important to note that the use of some stimulants alongside Dexedrine can cause death or other serious congenital heart defects or problems. Before taking Dexedrine, you should therefore make a point of informing your practitioner if you suffer from any heart problems.
Dexedrine should also be used by persons above 3 years. In case you intend to use Dexedrine on persons under 3 years of age, this should be done under doctor's advice. It is also important to note that long-term Dexedrine use can cause slow or stunted growth in children. You must therefore inform your doctor immediately in case you notice that your child is growing slowly for your doctor to take appropriate measures i.e. prescribe other CNS stimulants.
Dexedrine is also a habit forming drug thus you must be very cautious to avoid drug abuse. You must keep track of the amount of the medicine at all times because the chances of the medicine being used without your knowledge are very high. Dexedrine is a dangerous drug that can cause serious harmful side effects or even death thus one should always track the dosage.
Facts about Dexedrine that should be discussed with your physician before taking the drug
Dexedrine should not be used by individuals who have used MAO inhibitors within the past 2 weeks. Examples of such inhibitors include; tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, Emsam or rasagiline. This is because Dexedrine produces very serious side effects when taken before MAO inhibitors are cleared from the body.
It is also important to note that Dexedrine shouldn't be used by persons who have the following ailments; heart disease or hypertension, arteriosclerosis or hardening of arteries, overactive thyroid, agitation, tension or severe anxiety or glaucoma. Dexedrine should also be avoided by individuals with a drug addiction history i.e. alcohol addiction.
Dexedrine is capable of causing death in adolescents and children suffering from serious congenital heart defects or heart problems when taken alongside some stimulants. Before you start taking Dexedrine, you must let your physician know if you suffer from the following: seizure disorders i.e. epilepsy, congenital heart defects, heart failure, a recent heart attack, a mental illness history i.e. depression, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness or suicide attempt, allergies to dyes present in manufactured foods or drugs, tourette's syndrome or muscle twitches.
It is important to note that Dexedrine is a category C FDA pregnancy drug meaning that no one knows whether the drug is harmful to unborn babies. There is however information stating that the drug can cause premature birth or low birth weight. Dexedrine is also known to cause withdrawal symptoms in babies in cases where pregnant mothers take the drug during pregnancy. It is therefore important to tell your doctor whether you are planning on becoming pregnant or you are pregnant to enable your doctor to prescribe alternative medication.
Dexedrine also has the tendency of passing into breast milk thus it can be harmful to breast feeding babies. You must therefore avoid using Dexedrine if you have not told your doctor that you are currently breast feeding. Dexedrine is also known to cause stunted growth in children when used over a long period of time. You must therefore inform your doctor in case you notice that your child is growing slowly for you to get alternative medication for your child.