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User Reviews for Dextroamphetamine to treat ADHD

Brand names: Dexedrine, Zenzedi, ProCentra

Dextroamphetamine has an average rating of 8.3 out of 10 from a total of 180 ratings for the treatment of ADHD. 77% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 11% reported a negative experience.

Dextroamphetamine rating summary

8.3/10 average rating

180 ratings from 194 user reviews.

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Reviews for Dextroamphetamine

underdogoutofthefog · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · February 22, 2018

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I have visited this site for years reviewing people’s posts, always in hope that just maybe that medication would work for my severe inattentive ADHD and narcolepsy. I’ve been on vyvanse, adderall IR and XR , focalin IR and XR, any med you can name I’ve probably been prescribed. I am here to tell those that feel uncertain about this med and have suffered for years with the side effects from other meds that dextroamphetamine has changed my life. I went from an anxious, failing college student to graduating, being able to socialize like I always knew I was capable of, and pursuing my dream career (and no side effects). If anyone can relate to this post I hope it helps you. Don’t give up hope!"

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Les · May 28, 2020

"I was a horrible student all through High School. I was convinced I was stupid. I became the class clown to hide my shame. That was fifty years ago. Now, at seventy I look back on the career I forged as a successful television writer, knowing I couldn’t have done it without Dexedrine. For me it was magical—smooth and non addicting. Yes, it can get the ticker beating more rapidly at times. Because of this and heart disease in my family my cardiologist suggested I stop. I did and have not been as productive since. Stopping the medication after having taken it daily for over twenty five years was simple. No withdrawal. Zero. I slept a little more initially. That is all. True ADD is a tragedy. It robs people from their potential, leaving them shadows of what they could be. Don’t give up in yourself. If you really do suffer from it—and I mean suffer—find a doctor who specializes in ADD, get tested and get on this medication. A calmer, more productive you awaits."

10 / 10
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DivingWhileADHD · November 26, 2018

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "This medication is hard to find, which is unfortunate because, quite simply, it works on some ADHD people when other more common medications do not. Dextroamphetamine (generic)/Zenzedi (brand name) acts more on dopamine than norepinephrine. Adderall, which is dextroamp and levoamp, the latter affecting mostly norepinephrine, made me tired and flat--and hungry. Kind of a paradoxical reaction. It helped my emotional overreactivity, but not other ADHD symptoms like initiation of tasks and related anxiety/irritability, procrastination, and negative ruminations (mentally getting "stuck"). Obviously, my brain needs help with dopamine, and too much norepinephrine is dulling and unpleasantly sedating. Those with similar reactions to Adderall (and/or methylphenidates like Ritalin) might want to give Dextroamphetamine a try. It feels like a totally different class of medication than Adderall to my (admittedly atypical) brain, and works great."

10 / 10
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Tava Sucks · October 23, 2020

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Teva's 5/10 mg dexedrine tablets appear tainted &/or lack correct active ingredient. It doesn't control symptoms & makes me feel miserable/hostile/angry. I've been taking dexedrine for years, allowing me to function well-except Teva brand. All generics are NOT same. I had the same problem with Teva dexedrine a few years ago & switched pharmacies. Other generic dexedrines worked for another 3 years. This month it was again not working-making me feel miserable/not controlling symptoms. Manufacturer was not on the bottle so I called pharmacy. Yup, Teva! I'd had > 36 bottles of dexedrine since previous negative experience; none Teva: all worked. Of 36 vials, one did not work & made me feel miserable-only one was Teva. Odds (.028) too long 4 coincidence/expectancy effect. Something's wrong with 5/10 mg tablets TEVA's dexedrine. Teva is tainted or some other problem with it. Avoid!"

1 / 10
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ADHDMedGoRound · Taken for 5 to 10 years · November 9, 2021

Zenzedi (dextroamphetamine) "I'm 37, was dx'd ADHD at 9. My parents thought it was rubbish due to my grades and voracious reading, and that my typical ADHD (and ASD) traits was me being lazy/immature/bratty/oversensitive. After two decades of life failure (grades don't predict success) I sought treatment. Only Zenzedi (NOT any of the generic d-amps) helped reliably with my inability to not procrastinate, interrupt, lose things, feel so overwhelmed that I avoided everything. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of this med and I've heard that it may be discontinued in favor of a new "non-abusable" IR d,l-amp product by the pharma corp that makes Zenzedi! And like many medical decisions made in this era, citizens have no ability to change the outcome."

10 / 10
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Sim123 · April 14, 2014

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Great medicine, I recently restarted this medicine after 10 years and I feel normal again. This medicine has given me great peace in my life. I feel calm and collected and I'm quickly understanding what its like to have "free time" I insist that people who find results using this medicine ensure those in government understand the increase in quality of life we are all experiencing. I've rated this medicine 10/10 purely because any cons I've experienced are meaningless compared to been given a life."

10 / 10
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Ggahagan · March 21, 2018

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "This is the one--and I only wish I'd found it 20 years ago. I have been on and off Adderall for years, though I never loved it. I had a hard time being compliant taking it, because I never felt like myself. After that, I tried Ritalin, but woah, I don't want that experience again unless it's 2 AM at a rave! Years later, a psych doc told me that she thought Dexedrine might be the ticket. I finally picked up a prescription a few days ago, and wow. Un-medicated, it's like I have an angry, frustrated, and stressed out little leprechaun inside me, and on the Dexedrine, he's slowly being replaced by a peaceful Buddha--and believe me, I've never experienced "Peaceful Buddha" before in my life---except maybe when I'm in nature on my mountain bike, etc. If you're not loving Adderall for similar reasons, I highly recommend trying the Dex. It's been a revelation. I rated it only 9 stars, because I feel spacey for the first few hours."

9 / 10
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Hummer Guy · August 30, 2013

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "This is a wonderful medication. I am so happy I switched from Adderall. I find the focus and concentration to be awesome. Without a doubt it is the cleanest feeling ADHD medications on the market. If you have co-morbid anxiety disorders, this is the medicine to go for. I always felt anxious on Adderal or Ritalin, but the Dexedrine is so smooth that I find my anxiety is being helped! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has ADHD, especially when others have caused increased agitation. I believe this is the best ADHD medicine on the market."

10 / 10
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RadicalDelusion · Taken for 5 to 10 years · December 29, 2014

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I have taken pretty much every type of medication for ADHD. Dextroamphetamine, by far, works best for me. While Adderall contains dextroamphetamine, the l-amphetamine and it gives me very bad anxiety. Dextroamphetamine helps me focus without causing extra anxiety, and I prefer the instant release, which allows me to fall asleep. Ritalin caused anxiety even worse than Adderall did. One thing I recommend is to take a day or two off every week or so. If not, your tolerance might build up and you might find the medication is not working. Also, you need to learn to pay attention to your bodies other signals telling you went to eat. You probably will not feel hungry and your stomach. This does not mean you don't need food, however."

9 / 10
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TB-303 · December 23, 2013

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I'm 46 and was diagnosed with ADHD 2 times when I was a kid but never took the medicine. My life's always felt out of control and emotional roller coaster. I tried Adderall first but it made me to jumpy. I switched to Dextroamphetamine and once I got past the first week and up to my 20 mg a day everything became so much easier to deal with in life. Less stress, better sleep at night and makes me feel "normal". Best medicine in the world but the cost is absolutely ridiculous as I have no insurance."

10 / 10
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Alfred_swe · November 2, 2019

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I was diagnosed with ADHD six months ago. I am 30 years old. My whole life has been a big problem with taking school, finance and friendship seriously. I have, on the other hand, been a person with a good mood, charm and with a sense of adventure. All these are good qualities you think? Not really. I've developed alcoholism, I've never had a financial surplus, I've lost touch with most of my good friends, and I've never accomplished anything I've set myself the goal of. I began to understand why my life has become so miserable. I started exposing myself for all kinds of things - for the first time I felt solid - a sense of integrity. At the same time, it was a great stress. After a month, I began to think that my whole life had just been a big joke. Before you start taking this medicine: Be prepared to experience identity disorder NEGATIVE: My hair has gone from thick to thin, my skin is not so smooth anymore and sometimes sleep can be very difficult."

9 / 10
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Aria28 · Taken for 1 to 2 years · September 22, 2014

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I would suggest anyone on this, to stop or take a break once you've noticed your reasoning, memory recall abilities becoming hindered. Even though I'm happy with the benefits of focus, it's not worth losing your short-term memory. Overtime, I noticed my math skills declined, followed by my word recall, spelling and now I can't remember stories or study material. It's extremely debilitating, I'm trying to figure out how to reverse the side effects."

3 / 10
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Luckeenuggets · Taken for less than 1 month · June 30, 2020

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "I have no official diagnosis yet. I don't remember ever feeling so at peace. My mind is still. I can breathe for the first time. Relax like never before. A wee bit sleepy. This will make me a better, much happier person instead of who I was. some one who was always racing around in circles, chasing my tail."

10 / 10
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Doug · March 7, 2018

Zenzedi (dextroamphetamine) "After years of adderall and the inconsistency in quality offered by generics, Zenzedi is the only medicine that has worked great for two years now. No hard crashes with mood swings. Effective for 4 to 6 hours depending on my food choices for the day. No insomnia problems as long as last dose is between 4 and 5 pm. I'm prescribed 30mg 3 times daily."

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Snr mgmt · Taken for 10 years or more · January 18, 2022

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "No buzz, no crash, just adds the focus I need to overcome my ADD (not hyperactive) and get things done. I don't need to have the gun of deadline on my head to start and complete quality work. I always knew I had good intellectual potential but I was diffuse like a lens out of focus. This enables me to deliver my full measure since 2010. My MD had me trial vyvanse, Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine. While all helped me with ADD symptoms, Dexedrine is the one that does not have any detrimental side effects and feels the cleanest (does not change my behavior, my head feels normal, but focused). I also like the possibility of getting "off" the medication if I don't have anything important in the afternoon I just will not take the noon pill. It also helped me keep my tolerance down over the years. I am still at 5mg twice a day. My BP is 120/80, I am physically active at 50 years old. All men starting stimulant meds: check your hair and get appropriate preventative hairloss treatment EARLY!"

9 / 10
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Just Me · February 10, 2020

"I have had great results with this medicine (Dextrostat) for 20 years, until recently when my pharmacy switched to Aurobindo generics. All 3 times I received Aurobindo, I immediately started experiencing severe anxiety, severe headaches and my face broke out with Rosacea and pustules (which I had never had before). I stop taking the Aurobindo pills and symptoms disappear the next day. A full report was submitted to the FDA. If you get Aurobindo brand pills with U39 imprinted on them and have side effects please report them to the FDA."

10 / 10
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marymcg · July 11, 2013

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "My son is now 9. Since 4 years old we have tried every single (literally!) ADHD medication on the market and every single (literally!) medication was never without any serious side effects. My sons specialist suggested Dexedrine as the very last alternative before trying antidepressants. I was hopelessly optimistic, but this medication is truly a gift. I don't know how else to describe it other than being "smooth" and without it I don't know what we would do. His specialist basically said this medicine is a more pure form of amphetamine than the other name brands on the market. If you have tried medicine after medicine....give this a try. It has saved my son and our family."

9 / 10
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Anonymous Panda · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 21, 2022

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "The very best ADHD medicine I’ve tried! I started out on methylphenidate which did absolutely nothing for me then switched to Adderall which worked but caused me anxiety quite often. After being on Adderall for a while I did my own research and came across Dexadrine/dextroamphetamine and how tons of people who struggled with anxiety on other ADHD meds loved It. I asked my doctor to switch and I am so thankful that I did!! With Dexadrine I don’t feel anxious or jittery but have tons of drive and focus to get things done! I have to point out, for those of you who like Adderall and the “speedy“ feeling you get from it then Dexedrine may not be for you. However if you are like me and don’t like feeling like you’ve taken a narcotic stimulant then you should certainly try Dexadrine/dextroamphetamine…You won’t regret it!! It feels far more natural for me personally than the Adderall ever did. I am so thankful for this medication!"

10 / 10
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Sauce3000 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · October 25, 2013

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Adderall 30mg/day = you feel like a genius, work hard, EYES OPEN WIDE. But at the end of the work day, I still couldn't stop myself from falling asleep on the skytrain at around 4:30 pm when I try to read. Don't think it helped much with depression and anxiety. Dexedrine 3 10mg/day = You have tunnel vision, Focused, block out distractions, helps with my severe anxiety. I think the depression is pretty under control too. Can read all day if I want. Could have really used this when I began my studies, 4 years ago! Not a month ago, with one course.... Either one, I think you perform better at work and school, but Adderall just wore off, so studying after work, you would still need coffee, or a power nap"

10 / 10
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crazydude81 · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 31, 2016

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Been on Vyvanse for 3 years, Adderral XL, & Adderral for another 3 years with limited success. I take a lot of other medications for mania & am always tired in addition to lacking focus...for the first time in years I can watch a movie, read a book, make it through multitasking a workday. Maybe this is what normal is meant to feel like--a world without yawns and easy distractions? Have I truly found a way to make it through a two hour movie? I think a new chapter in my life just opened..."

10 / 10
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JoDominguez · Taken for less than 1 month · March 1, 2018

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "So I started Zoloft in my 20s it worked really great for a couple of years. So When I got any depression flare-ups again, I was put on antidepressants, but noticed they weren’t working anymore, “I still feel those symptoms “sadness, low self-esteem, no energy to do anything, forgetting things, procrastinating a lot, hard to concentrate and finish a task. I wondered if I had ADD. It all pointed to Adult ADD. I told my doc of my beliefs and maybe I was misdiagnosed. I tried more antidepressants which was having no affect. Then my therapist convinced my Dr. prescribing me Dexedrine 10mg just in the morning. The first day I took my pill. My eyes were open, the energy was there couldn’t believe it, it worked. Now the 3rd day w/ just one 10mg pill in morning stopped working . In my opinion I believe a lot of people are misdiagnosed, thinking they have depression instead of ADD or ADHD"

10 / 10
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advice appreciated · Taken for 1 to 2 years · October 21, 2020

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Have been on dextroamphetamine for a very long time for ADHD. Started with the name brand but switched to generic due to costs. Generics appear to vary widely. Neither Teva or aurobindo work for me at all. Worthless for me. Mallinckrodt works as does the brand name but I can't access Mallinckrodt. Someone has suggested Zenzedi (tablet not capsule). It is a generic-simply named. Anyone have any experience with it? Anyone have similar experience with Teva or aurobindo? Either the inactive ingredients are sufficiently different to cause problems for me or they don't include the same dosage of the active ingredient. Anyone know which? Dexidrine itself has made a huge difference in my life."

8 / 10
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ADDoc · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · October 13, 2022

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "After 38 years of thinking my brain was broken, I finally have found relief for the constant over-thinking, anxiety, and racing thoughts. My whole life I’ve been an anxious person but still managed to do well in school and become a medical professional. It never occurred to me or my family that I was suffering from severe hyperactivity. I was constantly restless, chronic insomnia, and obsessed about food. I always assumed I just had an anxiety disorder and didn’t know how to shut my brain off. I had tried SSRI’s, Xanax, supplements. Nothing seemed to work and usually just made me feel worse. It wasn’t until I tried Wellbutrin and passed out for 8 hours that my treating doctor suspected I might have ADHD. I was given an evalution and took my first stimulant (adderall) and behold, I fell asleep within 30 min. Adderall made me too foggy and tired, Ritalin made me tired and have heart palpitations, but Dexedrine has been quite literally perfect. It’s changed my life."

10 / 10
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Juko · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · January 27, 2020

"My Prasco Dextroamphetamine generic suddenly stopped working after December. I’ve gotten my prescription refilled 3 times all with the same effect. It was working fine up until this point. Now it’s like I have taken nothing and it makes my focus worse. It think they’re filling it with a watered down or fake version of the medication."

1 / 10
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Hamerman · Taken for 2 to 5 years · October 6, 2016

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) "Have been taking Dexedrine spansules (10 mg) for over 2 years,three times per day.I never knew i had rank ADHD all my life,problems with school,the law,i am 47,and have noticed my ambition for life has increased,having more energy,i used to be tired alot,complaining,generally overall agitated at the same time,as well i have many comorbidies to deal with,but fortunately,don't have to take any anxiety meds. Dexedrine is all i know,and i am satisfied with the results."

10 / 10
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