Dexedrine is a brand-name medication, also known as dextroamphetamine in its generic form. Dexedrine is an amphetamine drug and a prescription central nervous system stimulant that is prescribed to treat ADHD symptoms, as well as narcolepsy. Dexedrine is similar to other similar ADHD drugs like Adderall. Dexedrine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. According to this categorization, Dexedrine has recognized accepted medical uses but also has a high risk for severe abuse and dependence.
Dexedrine causes changes in brain neurotransmitters, including dopamine. When the brain becomes used to the effects of Dexedrine, it depends upon the presence of the drug in the body in order to function normally. If someone is dependent upon Dexedrine and they suddenly stop using it or quit “cold turkey,” they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Common Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Low energy levels
- Sleep disturbances
- Extreme hunger and thirst
- Strange dreams
- Lack of interest in things one would normally be interested in
- Muscle aches
- Drug cravings
- Psychotic symptoms like paranoia and hallucinations
Every person is different when it comes to how long Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms can last. Some people may experience less severe withdrawal symptoms than others. People who have a faster metabolism or healthier, younger people may have less severe withdrawal symptoms. While it largely depends on the individual and the extent of their Dexedrine use, there are some general estimates for the Dexedrine withdrawal timeline.
For most people, Dexedrine withdrawal begins with a crash period. A Dexedrine crash happens as the effects of the drug initially wear off. Symptoms of a Dexedrine crash can include depression, fatigue, and loss of motivation. Dexedrine crash symptoms usually last for anywhere from a few hours up to a day after someone stops using the drug. Then, starting within 24 hours after the last dose of Dexedrine, a person will start feeling the actual symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can include feeling tired, hungry and thirsty. These symptoms can last for up to five days after the last dose of the drug. Most Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms end within around two weeks, but some psychological symptoms can linger for several months.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when trying to manage Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms. First, it’s best to avoid stopping the use of Dexedrine “cold turkey.” Most doctors will instruct patients to slowly lower their dose of Dexedrine until they finally stop altogether. Gradually tapering down the dosage can reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of Dexedrine withdrawal. It’s also important to have medical care when detoxing from any amphetamine drug. While amphetamine detox isn’t usually life-threatening, complications and severe symptoms are possible.
With some drugs, there are specific medications that can be used as treatments during detox. This isn’t the case with amphetamines like Dexedrine. While there isn’t one specific treatment used in Dexedrine detox, a patient can be treated with various medicines during a supervised or medical detox. The goal with Dexedrine detox medication is usually to treat the symptoms as they occur. For example, a person might be given a sleep aid or something to help with depressed or low moods. Medications can also be prescribed to prevent more serious symptoms, such as hallucinations or seizures.
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