What You Should Know
Dexedrine is one of the most popular brand names for the drug dextroamphetamine. Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that increases wakefulness and concentration. It is one of the drugs currently used in a popular medication for ADHD.
Dexedrine was developed by Smith Kline in 1937 and has since been used to treat depression, attention disorders, narcolepsy, depression, and obesity. Dexedrine is currently being used on an experimental basis for physiotherapy patients to improve their stamina, reducing fatigue in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and as an anti-depressant for HIV and AIDS patients.
Because of its habit-forming properties and its potential for abuse, Dexadrine was added to the controlled substances list in 1970. Withdrawal from the drug can be accompanied by fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even psychosis. Dexedrine can only be legally obtained through a physician’s prescription. Illegal traffic in Dexedrine and other amphetamines can bring huge fines and jail terms. Because of Dexedrine’s potential for adverse reaction it is one of the most regulated drugs in the country.
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Dexedrine is often prescribed in obesity cases where weight loss is not occurring through other means and continued obesity is dangerous. It should not be prescribed lightly as a weight loss aid and should never be purchased through non-physician channels.
Dexedrine can assist in weight loss by stimulating the central nervous and suppressing appetite. Stimulants also tend to increase activity which also helps to burn calories. The correct dosage of Dexedrine may need to be fine-tuned as too much may cause anxiety, euphoria, and increased aggression in some people. Although Dexedrine can be helpful in extreme cases of obesity, it is not a “magic pill” for weight loss.
- May be able to increase activity and concentration levels
- May suppress appetite in extreme cases of obesity.
- It is a habit-forming drug.
- May cause a slew of adverse side-effects.
- Should not to be used for regular weight loss.
Dexedrine has been a useful multi-purpose drug for over 70 years. Dexedrine is an important tool that physicians can use to combat dangerous cases of obesity but it is certainly not a drug to be taken lightly. For those looking to lose weight and burn fat, there are many over-the-counter weight loss aids that contain non-prescription stimulants (such as caffeine and green tea extract) that have been clinically-proven to increase metabolism and burn fat. Those who are morbidly obese should consult with a physician before starting any weight loss regimen. A physician can assess whether he or she feels that Dexedrine may help on a case-by-case basis.
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