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Desoxyn

(Methamphetamine)

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Helps you focus and lose weight.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Desoxyn (Methamphetamine)

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These are side effects of Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Desoxyn (Methamphetamine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems

    Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) has been associated with heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. Anyone with a history of heart problems shouldn't take it, and people should be screened for heart problems before starting it. Watch out for unexplained fainting or chest pain that comes on with physical activity.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
Weight gain or loss
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.