Dexedrine is a prescription drug that is commonly used to treat narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Classified as a stimulant, this medication releases the hormones responsible for energy and alertness, allowing the user to better concentrate, while also increasing attention spans. This drug is also known to suppress the appetite.
When taken as prescribed, Dexedrine is both safe and effective. However, many obtain this drug illegally in order to achieve a feeling of euphoria, or to temporarily increase their alertness. Statistics show that a growing number of college students use drugs such as Dexedrine to stay awake longer during late night study sessions. Continued use can lead to dependency.
Signs of Dexedrine Dependency
Those taking Dexedrine for recreational purposes may develop a tolerance, meaning they require more of the drug in order to feel the desired effects. Overtime, this can cause the following symptoms of abuse:
- Dry Mouth
- Elevated blood pressure
- Compulsive behaviors
- Issues with motor skills
- Increased mood swings
If you recognize these signs in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
Treatment for Dexedrine Addiction
Suddenly stopping the use of Dexedrine can cause a number of withdrawal symptoms, including confusion, irritability, depression, extreme fatigue, increased appetite, violent outbursts and seizures. It is important to consult a doctor prior to stopping the use of this drug.
It is equally important that those who are faced with Dexedrine addiction seek help from a recovery center who understands that addiction is a disease, one that often stems from underlying issues. Talbott Recovery can help.
Our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs support individuals who are abusing drugs such as Dexedrine. Contact us today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs at our various Georgia locations, including Atlanta, Dunwoody and Columbus.