Dexedrine, also known by its generic name Dextroamphetamin, is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants. Dexedrine is a medication primarily prescribed for a person with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity). It is also commonly prescribed for Narcolepsy and weight loss. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.
It is a psychostimulant drug usually prescribed to increase focus, decrease fatigue and decrease appetite.
Although much less potent, Dexedrine has similar psychoactive properties as amphetamines and similar stimulant properties to methamphetamine. The stimulant Dexedrine is an amphetamine, and is often abused. A person may abuse this drug to achieve a cocaine-like "high." The abuser will take Dexedrine in pill form in very high doses to achieve the rush they are looking for or they may crush the pills and snort them like cocaine. In whatever way this drug is abused, it is harmful to the body and has a lot of negative effects. If a person who abuses this drug wishes to discontinue its use they will go through severe withdrawal symptoms.
Any amphetamine drug including Dexedrine, are known to cause withdrawal symptoms in people who abruptly discontinue use of the drug. However, Dexedrine withdrawal is most likely to happen in people who are abusing this drug and who were never legitimately prescribed it for some type of treatment and have been taking doses much higher than recommended. Withdrawal symptoms usually last for one week to one month depending on the length of time the drug was being abused. People taking Dexedrine at the prescribed dose for a legitimate medical purpose do not usually have withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Dexedrine Addiction Withdrawal Signs
Although Dexedrine withdrawal is generally not life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable that people will start taking Dexedrine again in order to relieve the Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms; this is the first serious sign of withdrawal. It is an intense craving to continue using this drug because without it the addict will feel sick or "not normal." Since a person who abuses Dexedrine will probably develop dependence for it, their body goes through shock when it's no longer in their system and that's when the withdrawal symptoms kick in. These symptoms of withdrawal include mental and physical fatigue, mental depression and an increased appetite. In more severe cases, for hardcore abusers, they will also experience:
- Excessive Sleep
- Vivid or Lucid Dreams
- Deep REM Sleep
- Suicidal Thoughts
The excessive abuse of Dexedrine will not only cause a person these severe and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms but in the long run can be dangerous to the body causing negative and even possibly fatal effects.
Abusing Dexedrine can be extremely dangerous and possibly even deadly. This drug can negatively affect the body in many ways. By taking high doses of Dexedrine, patients may suffer from an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and high body temperature. There is also a potential for cardiovascular failure and seizures.
Taking high doses of Dexedrine over long periods of time may lead to hostility and a feeling of paranoia in some abusers, and suddenly stopping use of this drug will give the individual the withdrawal symptoms as mentioned. An addiction to Dexedrine is a dangerous and serious matter. Not only should a person seek treatment for their addiction, but a medically-supervised detoxification should be utilized for a safe withdrawal from the drug.
Dexedrine Addiction Treatment Options
It is highly recommended to have treatment for the addiction and for safe withdrawal from Dexedrine at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This treatment is usually based on behavioral health therapy. These types of therapy at the rehabilitation facility will provide for safe detox from the drug Dexedrine. This process of detoxification should begin by slowly decreasing the dose of the drug; this should allow for a safer withdrawal. Antidepressant medications will usually be prescribed to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and the signs of depression that can accompany early abstinence from Dexedrine.
Counseling and behavioral therapies, which teach patients skills to avoid drug use and cope more effectively with problems, are beneficial. Recovery support groups such as NA (Narcotics Anonymous) may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.