Drug Dictionary Series: Dexedrine



What is it?

Dexedrine is a brand name for Dextroamphetamine (D-AMP) which is a central nervous system stimulant and amphetamine enantiomer that is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. It is also used as an athletic performance and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant, and like other amphetamines is used as a club drug for its energetic and euphoric high.

What does it look like?

Dexedrine comes in an white tablets, orange three-sided tablets or brown/beige capsules

What are some other names for Dextroamphetamine?

Dexedrine, DextroStat, Metamina, Attentin, Zenzedi, ProCentra, Amfexa, Vyvanse

How is it used?

This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase the ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. This medication is also used to treat a certain sleeping disorder (narcolepsy) to help you stay awake during the day. It should not be used to treat tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.

What are the effects of the drug?

Nausea, stomach upset, cramps, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, nervousness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, sweating, weight loss, irritability, and restlessness may occur.

What is its federal classification?

Dexedrine is an amphetamine and a Schedule III drug. This means that there is a high potential for abuse and its use potentially leads to severe psychological or physical dependence..

Where can I find more information on it?

The Addiction Center