Desoxyn (Generic Name: methamphetamine) is an immediate-release, stimulant medication primarily used to treat ADHD symptoms in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. Desoxyn may improve focus, and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior, hallmark symptoms in some patients with ADHD. The safety and effectiveness of Desoxyn for patients under age 6 or over age 65 has not been established. Desoxyn can be also used as a short-term treatment for obesity in patients 12 and older.
How its taken
As with all medications, follow your Desoxyn prescription instructions exactly. When treating ADHD, Desoxyn is taken orally, once or twice daily. When treating obesity, Desoxyn is typically taken a half hour before each meal. Taking Desoxyn late in the evening can cause difficulty sleeping. Tablets are available in 5mg dosages.
The optimal dosage varies by patient; it is not determined by age, weight, or height, but rather by how a person metabolizes the medication.
Your doctor may adjust your prescribed dose of Desoxyn until you or your child experiences the best response – that is, the lowest dosage at which you experience the greatest improvement in symptoms without side effects. If you or your child exceeds the prescribed daily dosage, call your doctor or poison control, or seek emergency medical care.
After long-term usage, some patients develop a tolerance to Desoxyn. If you notice that your current dosage is no longer controlling symptoms, talk to your doctor to plan a course of action.
The most common side effects of Desoxyn are as follows: fast heart beat, tremors, trouble sleeping, upset stomach, dry mouth, decreased appetite, headache, dizziness, and weight loss.
Other serious side effects include slowed growth in children, seizures, eyesight changes, and new or exacerbated heart and mental problems. Taking Desoxyn may impair your or your teenager’s ability to drive, operate machinery, or perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This side effect usually wears off with time. If side effects are bothersome, or do not go away, talk to your doctor.
People with diabetes or a history of seizures should use caution when considering taking Desoxyn.