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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    When I was prescribed Dexedrine for adult ADD, I was told that it would not be addictive. It worked for a while until I became tolerant, but continued to take it. I wanted to try Concerta, doctor said no. When my life finally got so out of control, I demanded some kind of help. She talked with a resource, took me off Dexedrine cold turkey for 4 days (of misery) and put me on Concerta. That was over a month ago. I was on 20mg of Dexedrine spansules for 4 years.

    Several days ago, I visited her again with a list of new symptoms. I felt like I was dying. She now says that I'm in withdrawal from Dexedrine. As I gaped in relief, no questions came to mind, but I don't think she could give me any clear answers anyway. The symptoms continue.

    I want to know: how long is this going to last? Is there any detoxification process that I can do? Is my brain permanently on zombie mode? Help.

    I thank God that my family is understanding.

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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    When I was prescribed Dexedrine for adult ADD, I was told that it would not be addictive. It worked for a while until I became tolerant, but continued to take it. I wanted to try Concerta, doctor said no. When my life finally got so out of control, I demanded some kind of help. She talked with a resource, took me off Dexedrine cold turkey for 4 days (of misery) and put me on Concerta. That was over a month ago. I was on 20mg of Dexedrine spansules for 4 years.

    Several days ago, I visited her again with a list of new symptoms. I felt like I was dying. She now says that I'm in withdrawal from Dexedrine. As I gaped in relief, no questions came to mind, but I don't think she could give me any clear answers anyway. The symptoms continue.

    I want to know: how long is this going to last? Is there any detoxification process that I can do? Is my brain permanently on zombie mode? Help.

    I thank God that my family is understanding.

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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    Hi Murphy,

    I am sorry you are experiences these symptoms. The answer to your question is vague as this is what I was able to find..."The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:

    Mental depression; nausea or vomiting; stomach cramps or pain; trembling; unusual tiredness or weakness."

    http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/Econt...ine&cid=HTDRUG

    Please know I am not a medical doctor but this information can be found at the above link. Hope your symptoms subside.

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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    Hi Murphy,

    I am sorry you are experiences these symptoms. The answer to your question is vague as this is what I was able to find..."The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:

    Mental depression; nausea or vomiting; stomach cramps or pain; trembling; unusual tiredness or weakness."

    http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/Econt...ine&cid=HTDRUG

    Please know I am not a medical doctor but this information can be found at the above link. Hope your symptoms subside.

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    Murphy,

    As Dr. Dobson alluded to, information about the duration of withdrawl from Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is unclear.

    Dextroamphetamine is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use.

    The manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline in the U.S. provides this information:

    Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes have also been noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of chronic intoxication with amphetamines include severe dermatoses, marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxication is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia
    This would suggest the medication requires tapering, that is the dosage is gradually reduced over a period of time depending on the particular drug characteristics. (pharmacology)

    The website of Glaxo Smith Kline Canada does not contain the product monograph and prescribing information for Brand name: Dexedrine.

    Consider calling your pharmacist and explain you are experiencing withdrawl symptoms and would like more information about what to expect.

    I notice you are located in Ottawa, so your other option is to go to Emergency at the Royal Ottawa Hospital where the specialists there would have experience in dealing with amphetamine withdrawl.

    Keep us posted on your progress.

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    Murphy,

    As Dr. Dobson alluded to, information about the duration of withdrawl from Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is unclear.

    Dextroamphetamine is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use.

    The manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline in the U.S. provides this information:

    Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes have also been noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of chronic intoxication with amphetamines include severe dermatoses, marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxication is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia
    This would suggest the medication requires tapering, that is the dosage is gradually reduced over a period of time depending on the particular drug characteristics. (pharmacology)

    The website of Glaxo Smith Kline Canada does not contain the product monograph and prescribing information for Brand name: Dexedrine.

    Consider calling your pharmacist and explain you are experiencing withdrawl symptoms and would like more information about what to expect.

    I notice you are located in Ottawa, so your other option is to go to Emergency at the Royal Ottawa Hospital where the specialists there would have experience in dealing with amphetamine withdrawl.

    Keep us posted on your progress.

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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    Thanks so much, Dr. Dobson and Steve for the information. I hadn't thought of asking the pharmacist, but I'm sure that will help. Knowing that I can go to the RO gives me some of peace of mind just in case. I do experience all the symptoms mentioned in Dr. Dobson's reply, except vomiting--I don't eat much!

    I welcome any more replies, personal or posted, as to advice, experience, or warnings.

    Thanks.

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    Dexedrine withdrawal?

    Thanks so much, Dr. Dobson and Steve for the information. I hadn't thought of asking the pharmacist, but I'm sure that will help. Knowing that I can go to the RO gives me some of peace of mind just in case. I do experience all the symptoms mentioned in Dr. Dobson's reply, except vomiting--I don't eat much!

    I welcome any more replies, personal or posted, as to advice, experience, or warnings.

    Thanks.

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    You are welcome Murphy and keep us posted to what you find out and how things are going for you. Take care,

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    You are welcome Murphy and keep us posted to what you find out and how things are going for you. Take care,

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