Finding the proper Dexedrine dosage depends on many factors including age, sex, physical condition, pre-existing medical conditions, medical history, mental health history, whether one has ever previously taken a stimulant-based medication, and other factors.
What is Dexedrine?
Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy. It is a stimulant, similar to many popular ADHD medications such as Ritalin.
It is available in two forms, regular and long-lasting. It begins working within 30-60 minutes and the regular tablet form lasts about 4-5 hours.
The ER (extended release) version, called Spanules, last for 5-10 hours. The benefit of the long-lasting version is that it can be conveniently be prescribed once daily, depending on the individual.
The regular version (not Spanules), unlike other ADHD medication, can be prescribed for children under 6 years of age.
For children 3-5 years old, the starting dose is typically a 2.5 mg tablet up to a max of 40 mg daily. For children 6 years and older the starting dose is typically 5 mg or 10 mg up to 40 mg total daily.
As a stimulant, this medication is legally considered a controlled substance. It should only be prescribed by a medical professional and taken under the supervision of a doctor.
This medication should be swallowed whole, never crushed or snorted. Crushing and snorting this medication releases the entire effect of the drug at once, which can cause adverse medical reactions.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then. Do not take a missed dose late in the day or evening because it is a stimulant that can cause sleep disturbances. Do not double up doses.
Dexedrine can be taken with with or without food. Remember to take it only as prescribed, and report any negative side effects, concerns, or questions to your healthcare provider.
Dexedrine abuse and overdose is marked by severe skin rash, insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, personality changes, and possible drug-induced psychosis.
Similarly, stopping this medication abruptly could result in symptoms of depression, extreme fatigue, insomnia, and other potentially harmful health effects.
As a result, do not stop abruptly taking Dexedrine, and do not quit cold turkey without first consulting your doctor. It is important to work with your prescribing doctor to gradually reduce your Dexedrine dosage in order to avoid potentially harmful Dexedrine withdrawal.
Do not take any Dexedrine that was not prescribed specifically for you. Report any and all side effects to your prescribing doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any severe or unusual reactions while taking this medication.