Compare Desoxyn vs. Dexedrine

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Desoxyn
(Methamphetamine)

Dexedrine
(Dextroamphetamine)

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 stay awake and focus. Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

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How it works
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Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.
Type of medication
DesoxynDexedrine
StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children
  • History of seizures
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breast-feeding
  • Taking MAO inhibitors, insulin and other high blood pressure medicine
Detailed Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • Children
  • History of seizures
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breastfeeding
  • Use of MAO inhibitors
Detailed Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
  • 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.
No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
  • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
  • Take your last dose before early afternoon, otherwise you won't be able to sleep.
Weight
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • 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.
  • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
  • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
  • 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 used to treat ADHD.
  • Available in an immediate release and extended release form, which allows for once or twice a day dosing.
  • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
Downsides and risks
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  • 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.
  • Fruit juice lowers the amount of Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) that gets into your body.
  • If you want to stop taking Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine), you have to talk to your doctor since stopping cold turkey can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is usually not used long-term since it can be habit-forming.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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.
  • Take your last dose before early afternoon, otherwise you won't be able to sleep.
  • Don't take with fruit juice or vitamin C, because they'll lower the amount of Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) that gets into your body.
  • Can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • If you've been taking Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) for a while and decide to stop it, you'll experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop it too fast.
  • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
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