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Dexedrine Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Dexedrine, Dexedrine Spansule, Dextrostat, Liquadd, ProCentra

Generic Name: dextroamphetamine (Pronunciation: DEX tro am FET a meen)

What is dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)?

Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Dextroamphetamine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Dexedrine 5 mg

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Dexedrine Spansule 10 mg

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Dexedrine Spansule 15 mg

capsule, brown, imprinted with 3514 15 mg, SB 15 mg

Dexedrine Spansule 5 mg

capsule, brown/clear, imprinted with 3512 5 mg, SB 5 mg

Dextroamphetamine 10 mg SR-BAR

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Dextroamphetamine 10 mg-BAR

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Dextroamphetamine 10 mg-MA

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Dextroamphetamine 15 mg SR-BAR

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Dextroamphetamine 5 mg SR-BAR

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Dextroamphetamine 5 mg-BAR

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Dextroamphetamine 5 mg-MAL

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Dextrostat 10 mg

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Dextrostat 5 mg

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What are the possible side effects of dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure); or
  • tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache or dizziness;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • loss of appetite, weight loss; or
  • loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)?

Do not use dextroamphetamine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take dextroamphetamine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to dextroamphetamine, or if you have hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis), heart disease, moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Before taking dextroamphetamine, tell your doctor if you have any type of heart problems.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 3 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Long-term use of dextroamphetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.

Dextroamphetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. You should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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