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Desoxyn vs. Adderall

Reviewed on 2/14/2019

Are Desoxyn and Adderall the Same Thing?

Desoxyn (methamphetamine) and Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts) are central nervous system stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Desoxyn is also used to treat obesity after other diets or medications have been tried without successful weight loss.

Adderall is also used to treat narcolepsy.

Side effects of Desoxyn and Adderall that are similar include headache, dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth, unpleasant taste in your mouth, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

Side effects of Adderall that are different from Desoxyn include nervousness, restlessness, excitability, irritability, agitation, fear, anxiety, agitation, tremor, weakness, blurred vision, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, hair loss, increase blood pressure, increased heart rate, and heart palpitations.

Both Desoxyn and Adderall may interact with cold or allergy medicines (decongestants or antihistamines), antidepressants, stomach acid medicine (including Alka-Seltzer or sodium bicarbonate), or blood pressure medicines.

Desoxyn may also interact with insulin, phenothiazines, medications to treat mental illness, or seizure medicines.

Adderall may also interact with heart medications, diuretics (water pills), acetazolamide, chlorpromazine, haloperidol, lithium, meperidine, methenamine, phenobarbital, reserpine, ammonium chloride, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), potassium phosphate, sodium citrate and citric acid, or sodium citrate and potassium.

Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking Desoxyn or Adderall.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Desoxyn?

Common side effects of Desoxyn include:

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

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adderall?

Common side effects of Adderall include:

  • nervousness,
  • restlessness,
  • excitability,
  • irritability,
  • agitation,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • fear,
  • anxiety,
  • agitation,
  • tremor,
  • weakness,
  • blurred vision,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • dry mouth or unpleasant taste in the mouth,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • stomach pain,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • fever,
  • hair loss,
  • loss of appetite,
  • weight loss,
  • loss of interest in sex,
  • impotence,
  • difficulty having an orgasm,
  • increase blood pressure,
  • increased heart rate, and
  • heart palpitations.

What Is Desoxyn?

Desoxyn (methamphetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Desoxyn is also used to treat obesity after other diets or medications have been tried without successful weight loss.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adderall may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Adderall should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Adderall is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.

Adderall is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adderall in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adderall may harm others, and is against the law.

Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

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What Drugs Interact With Desoxyn?

Desoxyn may interact with insulin, cold medicines (decongestants), phenothiazines, or antidepressants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Metamphetamine may be harmful to an unborn baby. It could also cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes methamphetamine during pregnancy. Methamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Methamphetamine is a drug of abuse and can be habit-forming.

What Drugs Interact With Adderall?

Tell your doctor if you or your child are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Can Adderall be taken with other medicines?

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Adderall and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking Adderall.

Your doctor will decide whether Adderall can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child take:

  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • blood pressure medicines
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
  • stomach acid medicines

Know the medicines that you or your child take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Adderall without talking to your doctor first.

How Should Desoxyn Be Taken?

For treatment of children 6 years or older with a behavioral syndrome characterized by moderate to severe distractibility, short attention span, hyperactivity, emotional lability and impulsivity, an initial dose of 5 mg Desoxyn once or twice a day is recommended. To treat obesity in adults, one 5 mg tablet of Desoxyn should be taken one-half hour before each meal.

How Should Adderall Be Taken?

Take Adderall exactly as prescribed.

Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.

Adderall tablets are usually taken two to three times a day. The first dose is usually taken when you first wake in the morning. One or two more doses may be taken during the day, 4 to 6 hours apart.

Adderall can be taken with or without food.

From time to time, your doctor may stop Adderall treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.

Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Adderall. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Adderall. Adderall treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.

If you or your child take too much Adderall or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

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References

Dailymed. Desoxyn Drug Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/fda/fdaDrugXsl.cfm?setid=f03a68d5-ed00-8a2d-af68-28be909ea85f&type=display
FDA. Adderall Drug Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/011522s043lbl.pdf
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