Dexedrine Abuse Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Know how to spot Dexedrine abuse signs and prevent addiction with the help of WhiteSands Treatment

Dexedrine is a psychoactive amphetamine stimulant that has a high risk of abuse and addiction, and there are various signs and symptoms associated with it that can reveal if a person has a Dexedrine abuse problem. The drug is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. and is a favored drug among teens, adolescents and college students. As a potent central nervous system stimulant, Dexedrine helps students stay alert and focused when studying and taking tests. Students find that they can stay awake for extra hours of concentrated cramming before taking exams. It also helps enhance athletic performance and weight loss. Dexedrine is also a prescription drug treatment for narcolepsy, cancer pain and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dexedrine can be obtained from the illicit street market where it is known as speed, uppers, co-pilots, footballs and pep pills. 

Symptoms of Dexedrine Abuse

A person who abuses Dexedrine may experience a wide variety of symptoms that include dizziness, chest pain, headaches, a loss of appetite, restlessness, muscle weakness, shaking, tics, blurred vision, insomnia, panic, and anxiety. If those side effects weren’t enough, more intense side effects such as delusional thoughts, hallucinations, mania, severe mood swings, aggression, psychosis, seizures and homicidal or suicidal tendencies can also occur.

Signs of Dexedrine Abuse

Some of the Dexedrine abuse signs that may indicate that you have a problem are:

  1. You use Dexedrine on a regular basis and for recreational purposes
  2. Your tolerance level to the drug has increased
  3. You feel compelled to use the drug to lose weight
  4. You have tried to discontinue using Dexedrine but have been unable to stop.
  5. You are experiencing the physical and psychological effects of the drug
  6. You experience withdrawal symptoms if you don’t take Dexedrine
  7. You are constantly compelled to obtain and use Dexedrine
  8. You have experienced an overdose while on the drug

A Dexedrine addiction story

Jason was a seven-year-old elementary school student when his family doctor diagnosed him with attention deficit hyper activity disorder (ADHD) and prescribed him Ritalin. The school social worker had threatened his parents that she would contact child protective services on charges of child neglect if they did not have their doctor put Jason on Ritalin. Afraid that they might lose their child, Jason’s parents allowed the doctor to prescribe their son the medication. After Jason started taking Ritalin he was able to focus better and he became more socially aware. He liked the way the drug made him feel so he was happy to take it regularly. After awhile Jason’s doctor prescribed Dexedrine in place of the Ritalin, and by the time Jason graduated from high school he felt that his life had become surreal. He began to notice changes about himself like being irritable all the time and losing weight. He was also having stomach cramping and bouts of diarrhea. When the panic attacks started and he was getting delusional thoughts, Jason knew he was in trouble. His parents decided to take him to a rehab center to help him recover from his Dexedrine addiction.

Treatment from Dexedrine drug abuse

It isn’t uncommon for someone to be frightened when they enter a rehab facility for drug or alcohol addiction. You may not know what to expect. The medical personnel at rehab and detox centers are friendly and willing to answer any questions you have to help you be confident you’ve made the right decision. The medical team will create a specific plan of treatment for you and your specific addiction issues, and you will have access to medication (if needed) to help you through the detox process.

Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms may begin about six to twelve hours after cessation of the drug. Some of the Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms a patient may experience include extreme fatigue, irritability, confusion, intense hunger, violent outbursts, paranoia, depression, seizures and psychotic reactions. Dexedrine is a psychoactive stimulant and stopping Dexedrine abruptly is not advised. Addicts should be weaned off of with the help of experienced medical professionals. Withdrawal from Dexedrine can cause physical and psychological complications that can put the addict at risk, but a knowledgeable and experienced addiction medical staff knows how to effectively and safely bring the patient through the detox process.

Dexedrine addiction recovery patients may also receive individual and group counseling, behavioral therapy, family counseling and relapse-prevention therapy. Aftercare treatment may include individual counseling and support group meetings. If the patient has a mental disorder or an eating disorder he will be treated for those problems also. Dexedrine addicts can make a full recovery and go on to lead happy, productive lives. Reach out to the skilled professionals at to learn more about living a life free from drugs.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.