Dextroamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

Dextroamphetamine abuse can potentially have significant side effects and impacts on your overall health and well-being. For most individuals that are abusing dextroamphetamine, you began using dextroamphetamine as prescribed for a presenting health concern of either a mental health concern or behavioral health concern. At Muse treatment center, we will provide you with an addiction treatment program that will help you overcome your addiction to drugs while also exploring methods of treating your ongoing co-occurring disorder through a dual-diagnosis treatment program. Overcoming your drug addiction is possible and our team will provide you with an individualized treatment plan that will ensure you have long-lasting success in addiction recovery. 

What is Dextroamphetamine?

Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or treat mental health concerns including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Dextroamphetamine is also sold under the brand names Dexedrine and Spansule. Dextroamphetamine is to be taken orally and is provided in three methods of oral tablet, oral tablet with extended-release capsule, and an oral solution. Dextroamphetamine is considered to be a controlled substance and should be taken as prescribed due to its addictive qualities that it possesses. 

Dextroamphetamine Effects

Dextroamphetamine works as it is a central nervous system stimulant that will support your brain and body to treat symptoms of ADHD. After taking dextroamphetamine, individuals with ADHD will experience an increase in attention and a decrease in feelings of restlessness. This is effective for children and adults who experience symptoms of ADHD including overactivity, inability to concentrate, easily distracted, or demonstrating impulsive behaviors. For those using dextroamphetamine for sleep disorders, it promotes feelings of alertness and wakefulness allowing them to remain awake when needed. 

Signs of Dextroamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

Dextroamphetamine abuse can impact a person’s physical health and psychological health. Common signs of dextroamphetamine abuse are: 

  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal levels of sweating 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Muscle tics or spasms 
  • Abnormal breathing 
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Mood swings 
  • Feelings of exhilaration or invincibility 
  • Change in social circles 
  • Isolation from loved ones or other 
  • Experiencing problems within relationships 
  • Inability to stop or control drug abuse 
  • The decline in performance or ability to maintain responsibilities 

Dextroamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Due to dextroamphetamine being a central nervous system stimulant, this drug can impact how much dopamine your brain produces. When you attempt to quit your use of dextroamphetamine, your body and brain will need to adjust to functioning normally without the presence of high levels of dopamine and the addictive substance of dextroamphetamine. During this process, individuals may experience the following withdrawal symptoms: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Irritability 
  • Chills 
  • Vivid or strange dreams 
  • Fatigue 
  • Decrease in energy levels 
  • Disruption in regular sleep patterns 
  • Muscle aches and pains 
  • Paranoia 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Extreme hunger and thirst 
  • Intense drug cravings 

Long Term Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine Abuse

Engaging in long-term drug abuse increases the risks of experiencing harmful, long-term side effects that can impact your physical and psychological health. Dextroamphetamine abuse can create the following long-term side effects: 

  • Heart arrhythmia 
  • Heart failure 
  • Breathing problems 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Psychosis 
  • Seizures 
  • Inability to feel pleasure 
  • Coma 
  • Death 

Although long-term side effects can be detrimental to your health, there is hope to overcome your drug addiction and reverse the damage that is created from dextroamphetamine abuse. Quitting your drug abuse and receiving help within an addiction treatment program will allow you to receive the medical support and treatments to help you begin to restore your health again. 

Dextroamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Muse treatment centers offer patients a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment and healing that will support them in healing from the underlying causes of their drug addiction while restoring their physical and mental health. Each patient will be provided with evidence-based therapy methods along with ongoing support from medical professionals that will monitor their overall health and well-being to ensure they can heal from their addiction within their body, mind, and spirit. Call us today for any questions about your drug addiction and drug rehab program. We are waiting to hear from you and get you started on your recovery journey today. 

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