Dexedrine

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    Brand Name:Dexedrine
    Generic:Dextroamphetamine Sulfate
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1976-08-02 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
SmithKline Beecham
This drug is available in the following forms:
Capsules, Extended Release
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/017078s042lbl.pdf

About Dexedrine

DEXEDRINE is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

DEXEDRINE may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

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

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

Side Effects of Dexedrine

The following have been reported with use of DEXEDRINE and other stimulant medicines.

  1. Heart-related problems:
    • Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
    • Stroke and heart attack in adults
    • Increased blood pressure and heart rate

    Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems.

    Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting DEXEDRINE.

    Your doctor should check your or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with DEXEDRINE.
    Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking DEXEDRINE.

  2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
  3. All Patients

    • new or worse behavior and thought problems
    • new or worse bipolar illness
    • new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility

    Children and Teenagers

    • new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms

    Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking DEXEDRINE, especially seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are suspicious.

  4. Other serious side effects include:
    • Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
    • Seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures
    • Eyesight changes or blurred vision
  5. Common side effects include:
    • Fast heart beat
    • Decreased appetite
    • Tremors
    • Headache
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Dizziness
    • Stomach upset
    • Weight loss
    • Dry mouth

DEXEDRINE may affect you or your child’s ability to drive or do other dangerous activities.

Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side effects that are bothersome or do not go away.

Who Should Not Take Dexedrine

DEXEDRINE should not be taken if you or your child:

  • Have heart disease or hardening of the arteries
  • Have moderate to severe high blood pressure
  • Have hyperthyroidism
  • Have an eye problem called glaucoma
  • Are very anxious, tense, or agitated
  • Have a history of drug abuse
  • Are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an antidepression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
  • Is sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines

DEXEDRINE is not recommended for use in children less than 3 years old.

Interactions with Dexedrine

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. DEXEDRINE 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 DEXEDRINE.

Your doctor will decide whether DEXEDRINE can be taken with other medicines. Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

  • Anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Antacids
  • Seizure medicines

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

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