Great Comment On Last Meds Post From Dr. Boerboom. Summary:
Dexedrine is not very addictive/abusable. It has a low incidence of side effects. They are different from methylphenidate.
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may cause side effects, but apparently not often.
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body
- dry mouth
- unpleasant taste
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- changes in sex drive or ability
Seems to me similar to Ritalin (methylphenidate)
I disagree on one point – I have been called obnoxious, inappropriate, silly, but not boring. I think the medicine helps me focus and be more of myself, not less. It helps me focus enough to use strategies and my life is better.
While we’re talking about medicines, let’s not forget the foundations:
Sleep, exercise, structure, strategies, outdoors, prayer or mediation or yoga
And the other faciliators: coaching, therapy, support groups, education about ADD ADHD