Dexedrine Withdrawal Symptoms | Timeline & Detox
Dexedrine is the brand name for dextroamphetamine, a prescription drug that works similarly to Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) to treat symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Prescription stimulants are also controlled substances that include a high risk of abuse and dependence.
If you become dependent on Dexedrine and stop taking it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms begin within hours after stopping and may persist for 3-5 days.
If you or a loved one is at risk of Dexedrine withdrawal, a medical detox program can help you recover safely.
What Causes Dexedrine Withdrawal?
Dexedrine and other prescription stimulants are used to treat symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. ADHD medications work by increasing brain activity and levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
Increasing these brain chemicals helps improve focus, attention, and impulsivity. Dexedrine may also cause a number of side-effects, including increased blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.
After long-term drug abuse, your body adjusts to receiving frequent or heavy doses of Dexedrine.
If you try to cut back or suddenly stop, you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Along with Dexedrine, stimulant medications also include:
Dexedrine Withdrawal Timeline
The severity and duration of Dexedrine withdrawal depends on several factors, including frequency of use, how long you’ve used Dexedrine, if you use other drugs, and overall health.
Stimulant Crash Phase
Dexedrine withdrawal occurs within the first 24 hours after you stop taking it. The initial symptoms of withdrawal are known as a stimulant “crash.” A crash can occur after a period of heavy use and consists of symptoms opposite to the effects of stimulants.
Stimulant crash withdrawal symptoms may include:
- drug craving
Acute Withdrawal Phase
Symptoms peak during the acute withdrawal phase, which lasts between 3-5 days. During the acute withdrawal phase, you may feel tired but have difficulty sleeping.
Symptoms of acute withdrawal may include:
- low energy
- psychotic symptoms (including paranoia and hallucinations)
- impaired sleep
- increased appetite
- impaired concentration
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), you may experience dangerous symptoms, including psychosis and suicidal thoughts.
The risk of depression and suicidal thoughts is higher in individuals taking amphetamines, compared to other types of stimulants.
Late Withdrawal Phase
Although most symptoms disappear within the first week of stopping Dexedrine, some people experience lingering symptoms. Late withdrawal symptoms, which can last for months, may include intense cravings, depression, and anxiety.
If you struggle with substance abuse issues, you may benefit from a medical detox program.
A detox program can help support you through the difficult period of withdrawal in a safe environment. Healthcare providers will monitor you 24/7 and provide medication for severe symptoms, if necessary.
Medical detoxification can help you stabilize your symptoms to prepare you for an addiction treatment program. During detox, your treatment team may include:
- treatment specialists
- addiction counselors
- case manager
According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dexedrine is commonly abused by college students to increase energy and focus. However, Dexedrine abuse increases the risk of developing a substance use disorder (SUD), or addiction.
A drug addiction results in a loss of control over drug use, regardless of how it interferes with daily life. Although it can be difficult to stop using Dexedrine on your own, behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatment options can help.
Depending on your individualized treatment plan, you may have access to:
Inpatient treatment is an intensive treatment option that offers around-the-clock supervision and a structured daily schedule. During inpatient treatment, your daily therapeutic activities may include behavioral therapy, individual counseling, and support groups.
Outpatient treatment is a flexible alternative to inpatient rehab, which allows you to live at home and travel to scheduled treatment sessions. Outpatient services are personalized to fit your needs and may include behavioral therapy, family therapy, and 12-step facilitation.
Behavioral therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help you maintain long-term recovery by learning to identify triggers and unhealthy behaviors. Through behavioral therapy, you can learn healthy coping skills and how to manage cravings.
Support groups, including 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are a beneficial addition to any treatment plan. Support groups are available online or in-person and connect you with peers who have similar goals and experiences.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center offers a wide range of outpatient treatment options. If you struggle with amphetamine addiction and would like to learn about treatment options, please call our helpline today.
- Cochrane Library — Treatment For Amphetamine Withdrawal
- National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Prescription Stimulants DrugFacts
- Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
- World Health Organization — Clinical Guidelines For Withdrawal Management And Treatment Of Drug Dependence In Closed Settings: Withdrawal Management
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