Dextroamphetamine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Dextroamphetamine

Generic Name : Dextroamphetamine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Dextroamphetamine are provided here.

Pronunciation : dex-troe-am-fet-uh-meen

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Dextroamphetamine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y50.8 Therapeutic Classification : Cerebral Stimulants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Dextroamphetamine

International :

Dexedrine, DextroStat, LiquADD, ProCentra

Why is Dextroamphetamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a central nervous system stimulant, prescribed for attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity in children and sleep disorder (narcolepsy).  It changes the amount of certain natural substances in the brain.

When should Dextroamphetamine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hardening of the arteries, blood vessel disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, increased eye pressure, mood or mental problems, heart diseases, alcohol abuse, within 14 days following the administration of monoamine oxidase inhibitors and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Dextroamphetamine?

PO- Usual dose is 5 to 60 mg per day in divided doses, depending on the individual patient response.

How should Dextroamphetamine be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Dextroamphetamine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, abnormal electorencephalogram (EEG), growth problems, thyroid deficiency, hardening blood vessels, recent heart attack, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid taking this medication at bedtime; otherwise it may cause sleeplessness.

• Avoid taking large amount caffeinated beverages.

• It should not be used in children less than 3 years old.

• Avoid abrupt withdrawal; withdraw gradually.

What are the side effects of Dextroamphetamine?

Most frequent - Loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dizziness, emotional lability, depression, anxiety, headache, weakness and fast heart rate.
General - Abdominal pain, (stomach ache), fever, infection, accidental injury and fatigue.
Gastrointestinal - Dry mouth, vomiting, nausea and indigestion.
Central Nervous System - Nervousness and dizziness.
Metabolic - Weight loss.
Genitourinary - Impotence and changes in sexual drive.
Allergic reactions - Hives.

What are the other precautions for Dextroamphetamine?

Avoid excess dosage and long-term use of this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Dextroamphetamine?

Store as per directions on label.

Schedule : X
Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs which cannot be sold without the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.