Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Dextrostat Abuse

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Dextrostat, the brand name for dextroamphetamine, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant used to treat symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dextrostat is a popular drug for high school and college students, though it is often used recreationally. Students misuse Dextrostat because it boosts overall mental performance by improving focus and concentration making it a “study drug.” The problem with Dextrostat misuse is that the stimulant has a high addiction rate, and if someone does not have ADHD, then it produces a powerful psychostimulant effect since their brain already has an abundance of neurotransmitters.
Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Dextrostat Abuse
As mentioned, Dextrostat is a stimulant used to treat ADHD and sometimes narcolepsy. Dextrostat blocks the absorption of neurotransmitters related to behavior. Once this action occurs, it controls a person’s impulsive behavior and hyperactivity as well as the mentioned effects above.
Dextrostat is normally taken once or twice a day orally, although a doctor may increase the dosage. It is important for a person to take Dextrostat exactly as prescribed to avoid substance misuse.

Side effects may occur when taking Dextrostat. The most commonly reported side effects include:

  • Restlessess
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Headahces)
  • Nausea

If any of the following severe side effects occur, contact a doctor to determine what should be done:

  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Dry mouth
  • High blood pressure (blurred vision, severe headaches)
  • Swelling of the hands or feet
  • Hives
  • Extreme itching with a rash
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Even if taken as directed, Dextrostat still has a risk for addiction. Whether it is being taken for medical purposes or recreationally, people begin to build a tolerance for Dextrostat. This often leads to misuse because someone might increase their dosage without medical consent to have the same results.
There are many noticeable behavioral changes when someone begins misusing Dextrostat:

  • Severe weight loss
  • New or worsened insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Severe anxiety (paranoia)
  • Little or no interest in other aspects of life (food, hobbies, social activities)
  • Constantly seeking Dextrostat

Another potential risk of Dextrostat addiction is switching to a more powerful drug, like cocaine or crystal meth. Both drugs produce effects like Dextrostat, although they are far more dangerous and illegal.

An overdose from Dextrostat causes rapid, irregular heart rate and can cause fainting. Seek immediate medical attention if this occurs.

Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Dextrostat Abuse
The long-term effects of Dextrostat are much worse than the short-term side effects. Malnutrition is common with Dextrostat misuse since it severely suppresses a person’s appetite. Impaired memory, inability to think clearly, strokes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and tachycardia (rapid increase in resting heart rate) are also common with Dextrostat misuse.

Dextrostat discontinuation can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that may lead to recurring use. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder, choosing a medically supervised detox center is the safest method for recovery. Are you ready to live a substance-free life? Contact The Recovery Village today to find out how we can help you or a loved one deal with withdrawal and long-term recovery. Visit us at or call our toll-free 24/7 hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more.

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