Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine

Barr | Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Medication)


Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the level of neurotransmitters (chemicals produced by nerves that are released and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves), dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain. The exact mechanism of action in ADHD is unknown. ...

Side Effect:

Side effects of amphetamines include excessive stimulation of the nervous system leading to nervousness, restlessness, excitability, dizziness, headache, insomnia, fear, anxiety, tremor, and even hallucinations and convulsions (seizures).

Blood pressure and heart rate may increase, and patients may experience palpitations of the heart. Sudden death, stroke, heart attack, depression, manic episodes, aggressive behavior or hostility, psychosis, growth suppression (long-term use), dependence, and withdrawal symptoms may also occur. ...


Do not take this medication if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days as serious, life-threatening side effects can occur.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, or if you have hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis), heart disease, moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Before taking amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, tell your doctor if you have any type of heart problems.

Long-term use of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming, so keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. ...