Compare Desoxyn vs. Adderall

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Desoxyn
(methamphetamine)

Adderall
(dextroamphetamine / amphetamine)

Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.Helps you focus and stay alert. Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause difficulty sleeping and other side effects.
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Reviews for Desoxyn
84%
of people (All ages) say Desoxyn is worth it
79%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Adderall
74%
+10% better vs. Desoxyn
53%
+26% better vs. Desoxyn
16%
+5% better vs. Desoxyn
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Side effects
DesoxynAdderall

We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Desoxyn »
  • Loss of appetite 34%
  • Dry mouth 30%
  • Insomnia 14%
  • Headache 13%
  • Difficulty sleeping 15%
  • Stomach pain 4%
More Adderall side effects »
How it works
DesoxynAdderall
Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases the activity of the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.
Type of medication
DesoxynAdderall
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
DesoxynAdderall
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
DesoxynAdderall
Risk factors for serious side effects
DesoxynAdderall
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children
Detailed Desoxyn (methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • Misuse of Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine)
  • History of drug abuse
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • History of high blood pressure
Detailed Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
DesoxynAdderall
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't take it with alcohol or illicit drugs.
Weight
DesoxynAdderall
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
Upsides and benefits
DesoxynAdderall
  • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
  • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Available in both immediate and extended release forms.
  • For the extended release capsule, if you can't swallow the whole capsule, the capsule can be opened, mixed in a spoonful of applesauce, and swallowed.
Downsides and risks
DesoxynAdderall
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
  • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
  • Has to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, otherwise it can cause difficulty sleeping.
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
  • For school-aged children, a second dose will likely need to be given at school.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DesoxynAdderall
  • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
  • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
  • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
  • Don't take it with alcohol or illicit drugs.
  • Can cause trouble sleeping, so don't take it close to bedtime.
  • If using the extended-release version, the first dose is best taken right after waking up in the morning.
  • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled on applesauce, which should be consumed immediately, and swallowed without chewing.
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