Evekeo is a prescription drug, also known as amphetamine sulfate in its generic form. Evekeo is a central nervous system stimulant. The medication is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Evekeo works by affecting the levels of certain brain neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and dopamine. Along with ADHD, Evekeo is used to treat narcolepsy. It can also be used to treat obesity in people who haven’t responded well to other treatment options. Evekeo is unique from other ADHD stimulant treatments because it has a 1:1 mix of levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s believed that the use of stimulant drugs like Evekeo can help the neural pathways in the brain better communicate with one another. It’s also believed that Evekeo and other stimulants can help people with ADHD focus better and exhibit more control of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. Evekeo is approved for use in children with ADHD who are aged three years and older.
Evekeo was approved by the FDA as an ADHD stimulant medication in 2014. It is similar to Adderall but has differences as well. For example, Adderall is comprised of 75 percent dextroamphetamine and 25 percent levoamphetamine, while Evekeo has an even mix of both chemicals. Evekeo is a short-acting, immediate-release drug. Evekeo is only available in two dosage strengths -5 mg and 10 mg. Evekeo tablets are either gray or blue, and they’re scored to make it easier for patients to take a half dose. Children who are between the ages of three and five usually start with a 2.5 mg dose of Evekeo, taken daily, which may slowly be increased. Patients who are six years and older can begin with 5 mg of Evekeo, taken once or twice a day.
Evekeo is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. This indicates that the federal government has determined that Evekeo has a high potential for abuse and severe physical and psychological dependence. Because it is a controlled substance, it’s illegal to possess or use Evekeo without a valid prescription. As with other stimulants, Evekeo can make more neurotransmitters available in the brain, such as dopamine. The availability of certain neurotransmitters can cause patients who use Evekeo to feel a euphoric high when they use this drug. This euphoria can trigger a reward response and, ultimately, lead to the development of an addiction. Evekeo is also abused by people who want to lose weight because it’s an appetite suppressant. The risk of addiction to Evekeo is highest in people who abuse the drug recreationally. Evekeo abuse can also result in increased energy, focus, and alertness. Evekeo, and other stimulant drugs, speed up body functions like the heart rate and breathing. Anyone with a history of drug or alcohol abuse is advised to let their physician know before they begin taking Evekeo.
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