Dextroamphetamine (D-AMP) is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and an amphetamine enantiomer that is prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. We also used it as an athletic performance and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant. Some countries’ military forces also used dexedrine in the past to fight fatigue during extended combat operations.
The amphetamine molecule exists as two enantiomers, levo amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Dexedrine is the dextrorotatory, or ‘right-handed’, enantiomer and exhibits more pronounced effects on the central nervous system than levo amphetamine. Pharmaceutical dexedrine sulfate is available as both a brand name and generic drug in a variety of dosage forms. I sometimes prescribe dexedrine as the inactive prodrug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, which is converted into dexedrine after absorption.
This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills. This medication is also used to treat a certain sleeping disorder (narcolepsy) to help you stay awake during the day. It should not be used to treat tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.