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Dexedrine Addiction Treatment

Many addictions occur, not through direct prescription, but through misuse of a medication. While it is relatively common to become addicted to a drug that a doctor has prescribed, many medications that were previously produced have been recycled and now serve other purposes. These medications specifically serve the purpose to provide pleasure to the abuser. One may think that they will only take a small dose here or there, but it can quickly turn into a downward trend of addiction. Dexedrine is one of those specifically well-know drugs.

Dexedrine Facts:

  • Overdose is common with misuse
  • Abused primarily for emotional and mental effects
  • Has no real physical benefits

Dexedrine is specifically an amphetamine that is included with the group of the central nervous system stimulants. This drug of choice was most commonly used back in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a dietary aid. It was thought to be highly effective in suppressing the appetite. Currently, Dexedrine is most commonly used by college students as a means to help them study, but also to get high. What the drug Dexedrine actually does is suppresses all spontaneous behavior. This behavior may include exploration or curiosity, socializing, and an increase in obsessive-compulsive behavior. All of these behaviors are a result of one becoming addicted to Dexedrine.

Side Effects

With all medications and drugs that a person can develop an addiction to, Dexedrine can produce some adverse side effects. These side effects include addiction, agitation, irritability, insomnia, dry mouth, headache, nausea, weight loss and hallucinations. Other more serious side effects include liver irritation and toxicity, increased heart rate, tics, Tourette’s syndrome, sexual difficulties, behavior disturbances, and thought disorder, elevation of blood pressure and over stimulation. This is a significant list dealing with how the drug, Dexedrine can effect someone.


The effects leading to overdose with a Dexedrine addiction are relatively severe. Signs of overdose can include abdominal cramps, aggressiveness, coma, diarrhea, fatigue, hallucinations, high fever, heightened reflexes, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea, panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, tremors and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms please seek help immediately.
Seeking medical attention and treatment is the best route to take. And in some cases, maybe the only. The first step in addiction treatment is through detox. Detox is a physical process that your body must endure to eliminate all traces of the drug from your body. Time spent in a detox facility averages around 7 days. Next, you may be transferred to a residential treatment facility where you may spend around 20 days. Outpatient treatment may follow the residential treatment. It is important to keep the lines of communication open, so if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Dexedrine, seek help immediately.

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