Dextroamhetamine ( Dexedrine ) data sheet

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Dextroamphetamine
( Ferndex, Dexampex, Dexedrine, Oxydess II, Robese, Spancap #1 )

Dextroamphetamine ( Dexedrine ) is a amphetamine used to treat narcolepsy and attention-deficit-disorder in children. In some cases this drug has been used to treat depression or as an adjunct in the treatment of exogenous obesity. This drug is from a family of drugs known as central nervous system stimulants.

Do not give this drug to child that suffer from psychotic disorders that produce the symptoms of attention-deficit-disorder.

CLASS: Amphetamine.
Generic name: Dextroamphetamine Sulfate.
Type: Stimulant.

Strengths:

Tables:
5 mg, 10 mg, 20mg.

Long-acting capsules:

Syrup:

Dosages: Actual dosage must be determined by a physician.

Oral:

Start: 5 mg two or three times daily.
Increases: As needed.

Normal dosage: ( Take last daily dose at least 6 hours before bedtime ).

For treatment of Narcolepsy:

If under 3 years of age, DO NOT USE.
Age 3 to 5: 2.5mg daily to start,increased in 2.5mg increments as needed,and with close monitoring.
Age 6 to 12: 5mg daily to start,increased in 5mg increments as needed,and with close monitoring.
Age 12 to 18: 10mg daily to start,increased in 10mg increments as needed and with close monitoring.
Over 18: 5 mg to 60mg daily.
Over 60 years of age: Lower dosage as needed and with close monitoring.

For treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder:

If under 3 years of age, DO NOT USE.
Age 3 to 5: 2.5mg daily to start,increased in 2.5mg increments as needed and with close monitoring.
Age 6 to 18: 5mg daily to start,increased in 5mg increments as needed,up to 40mg daily, and with close monitoring.
Over 18: 30mg to 60mg daily.
Over 60 years of age: Lower dosage as needed and with close monitoring.

Problems with:

Liver Function: N/A.
Kidney Function: N/A.

Test:

Before taking: N/A.
While taking: N/A.

Take With: With food.

Full Benefits In: In one or more days.

Missed Dose(s): If within one hour take,if over an hour skip and then continue on your normal schedule.
Never Take a Double Dose.

If Stop Taking: Do not stop without consulting your physician and never abruptly.

Overdose symptoms include: Coma,confusion, convulsions, cramps, diarrhea, fever,hallucinations,high / low blood pressure,irregular, loss of consciousness, nausea, panic, rapid heartbeat, tremors, or vomiting.

Warnings

Do not take monoamine oxidase inhibitor with this drug.

Check with physician if taking any of the following:

  • Chlorpromazine.
  • Ethosuximide.
  • Haloperidol.
  • Antihypertensive.
  • Meperidine.
  • Norepinphrine.
  • Phenytion.
  • Propoxphene.
  • Any beta blocker.
  • Digitalis.
  • Thyroid hormones.

The habit-forming potential is high. Psychological and physical dependence is possible. Addiction is rare in children but a problem with adults.

Children who take this drug on a long-term basis should be examined every four to six months.The physician should monitor height and weight, look for the presence of tics, measure blood pressure and pulse, and ask about side effects. ( Yudofsky, Hales & Ferguson )

Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or if planning to become pregnant.Do not take if you are breast-feeding.

Do not give this drug to children under the age of three and if over sixty with close monitoring.

Do not drink alcohol while taking this drug.

Do not use if:You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past. If you have a history of drug alcohol abuse. If you have a psychotic disorder of any type.

Inform your Doctor if:

  • You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past.
  • If you have epilepsy,glaucoma, heart / blood vessel disease.
  • If you have high blood pressure,or a history of Tourette's syndrome.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drug.
  • If you will have anesthesia or any surgery in the next few months.
  • If you will be undergoing any medical tests.
  • If you have a history of drug or alcohol dependence.

Dextroamphetamine ( Symptoms or Effects )

Common: Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, or weight loss.

Rare: Abdominal pain, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, mood changes, lack of coordination,tics / unusual movements, irritability / nervousness, skin rash, hives, blurred vision, sexual problems, or paranoia.

See physician always: Abdominal pain, headache, weight loss, mood changes, lack of coordination,tics / unusual movements, irritability / nervousness,skin rash, hives, blurred vision, sexual problems, or paranoia.

See physician if severe: Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, dizziness, or restlessness.

Stop taking and see physician NOW: Abdominal pain, headache, lack of coordination, tics / unusual movements, skin rash, hives, or paranoia.

 
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