Key Facts About Desoxyn: Prescription Methamphetamine Stimulant for ADHD

Key Facts About Desoxyn Prescription Methamphetamine Stimulant - Family First Intervention
Did you know that there’s actually a legal version of methamphetamine that can be prescribed to certain patients? If you didn’t, you’re in the right place to learn about a drug named Desoxyn.

On the bright side, at least the prescription version of meth is regulated and you get the same formula every time, which you can’t say for meth offered on the street. On the other hand…well, it’s still meth.

FAQs and Key Facts About Desoxyn

In this article, we’re going to cover many of the need-to-know facts about Desoxyn in a rapid-fire FAQ format. Learn about the dosing guidelines and side effects of this prescription drug, and then contact us if you have a loved one who’s battling Desoxyn or even crystal meth addiction.

These white tablets also contain a handful of inactive ingredients:

  • Corn starch
  • Lactose
  • Talc
  • Stearic aid
  • Sodium paraminobenzoate

Desoxyn usually comes in bottles of 100. As you may have guessed, this drug belongs to the amphetamines family, along with Adderall and crystal meth. Amphetamines are also known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.

Where Is Desoxyn Most Prescribed?

Desoxyn is manufactured and distributed in the U.S. by the American company Ovation Pharmaceuticals, which is now owned by a Dutch pharmaceutical company, Lundbeck. Desoxyn’s history actually traces back to 1942, as first produced by Abbot Laboratories.

According to the Global Information Network About Drugs, Desoxyn is most commonly prescribed in the U.S. In some countries, Desoxyn has never been approved for use; in others, it is technically legal for prescription purposes, but not available to anyone.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Desoxyn is a schedule II drug on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and dependence. Other schedule II drugs include Vicodin, OxyContin, fentanyl, cocaine, Adderall and Ritalin.

What Is Desoxyn Prescribed For?

In rare cases, doctors will prescribe Desoxyn for one of the two following conditions:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – usually in children 6 years or older who struggle with severe distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, short attention span and emotion lability (exaggerated changes in mood and inappropriate emotional reactions)
  • Obesity – for patients 12 years and older who aren’t losing weight and body fat via dieting, group programs and other drugs, likely due to an abnormal hormonal or metabolic system

What Are the Desoxyn Dosing Guidelines?

Desoxyn is meant to be a short-term regimen when prescribed to treat obesity. Patients on this regimen should take one 5-milligram tablet roughly a half-hour before each meal. The regimen should not last longer than a few weeks.

For patients with ADHD, the initial dose should be 5 milligrams once or twice a day. The daily dosage can increase in 5-milligram increments each week until topping out at either 20 to 25 milligrams daily. The doctor may suggest cutting off the dose periodically to see if the previous behavior symptoms return. If they don’t, or if they return at a lesser degree, then the doctor may recommend lowering the daily dose or weaning the patient off the drug altogether.

Patients taking this drug need to see their doctor on a regular basis and not miss any scheduled visits. The drug needs to be taken with a full glass of water, and patients are strongly advised to not take an extra dose or misuse the drug, which increases the risk of severe side effects and even death.

Who Should Not Take Desoxyn?

Only people battling severe ADHD, obesity, narcolepsy and possibly depression should take Desoxyn, if prescribed by a doctor. Even then, you should not take Desoxyn if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • An allergy to methamphetamine
  • Heart disease
  • Moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Severe anxiety, tension or agitation
  • Glaucoma
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Parkinson’s or depression and you take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (such as Marplan, Azilect, Parnate, etc.)
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers

And if you have one of the following conditions, you will want to be careful when taking Desoxyn and possibly adjust the dose of your existing medication:

  • Diabetes
  • Mild hypertension
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Heart rhythm disorder
  • Recent heart attack
  • Muscle twitches (tics) or Tourette’s syndrome
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of mental illness (such as psychotic disorder, depression or bipolar disorder)

Be sure to discuss these conditions with your doctor before he or she considers prescribing Desoxyn to you. Your doctor can help you with adjusting the dose of your other medications, if needed.

What Are the Side Effects of Desoxyn?

The potential side effects of this prescription methamphetamine stimulant are plentiful, ranging from mild to severe. The milder, but still discomforting, potential side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth or bad taste in mouth
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss in ADHD patients
  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Impotence or loss of interest in sex

If you suffer any of the following severe side effects, then you should stop using the drug and call your doctor immediately:

  • Fast or uneven heartbeats
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Motor tics (muscle twitches)
  • Out-of-character behavior
  • Severe anxiety
  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Buzzing in ears
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizure

It’s important to know that Desoxyn can be deadly if misused or abused. Fatal cardiorespiratory arrest is a risk.

Patients who have been taking high daily doses of Desoxyn will likely experience extreme fatigue and depression if they were to abruptly stop taking the medication.

What Do I Do If I Overdose on Desoxyn?

If someone you know has overdosed on Desoxyn, you will see one or many of the symptoms in the “severe side effects” list above. Seek emergency medical attention at a hospital or urgent care facility if this has happened, since a Desoxyn overdose can result in coma or death.

What Do I Do If I Miss a Desoxyn Dose?

Doctors usually recommend taking Desoxyn twice a day, at most. If you miss a dose, try to take it as soon as you are able to. However, be careful of taking it late in the day, as this could make it hard to fall asleep at night. In this scenario, just wait until the next morning to take a dose again.

Also, DO NOT take the dose if it’s almost time for your next dose, and do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you miss it, you miss it.

Which Foods and Medications Should I Avoid When Taking Desoxyn?

If you’re on an active Desoxyn regimen, you should avoid drinking fruit juices or taking vitamin C around the same time as your dose, as they inhibit the body’s ability to fully absorb the medication.

Desoxyn has also shown a negative interaction with the following types of drugs:

  • Cold medication (decongestants)
  • Insulin for diabetes
  • MAO inhibitors (as mentioned earlier)
  • Phenothiazines (such as Compro, Compazine, Thorazine, etc.), which treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, in addition to severe nausea, vomiting and hiccups

Is Desoxyn Any Safer than Street Meth?

Desoxyn carries most of the same side effects and dangers as crystal meth does. Both are highly addictive. However, you can at least count on Desoxyn always being a pure form of meth, produced in a safe, sterile and regulated environment. It also does not contain all of the questionable, even random, additives and adulterants that crystal meth almost always possesses.

Learn More and Get Help for Stimulant Abuse and Addiction

Did you have any other questions about Desoxyn that you didn’t see an answer to? Or do you have a loved one who may be addicted to Desoxyn or illegal meth? Family First Intervention can provide answers to your questions, and we can set up an intervention for and refer your loved one to a high-quality treatment program that will suit all of his or her needs.

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Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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