Dextroamphetamine Side Effects
In the case of dextroamphetamine, side effects of the medication may include such things as dizziness, headache, and insomnia. When side effects of the medication do occur, they tend to be minor. However, some side effects of dextroamphetamine can be serious, such as hallucinations, chest pain, and seizures. If you experience any serious side effects with the drug, contact your healthcare provider.
An Introduction to Dextroamphetamine Side Effects
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects of dextroamphetamine sulfate (Dexedrine®). However, not everyone who takes dextroamphetamine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate dextroamphetamine well. When dextroamphetamine side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(The side effects discussed below are not a complete list of the side effects reported with dextroamphetamine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of dextroamphetamine side effects with you.)
Common Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine
Dextroamphetamine has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, with many people being evaluated. Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies where thousands of people are given a particular medicine and are then compared to a group of people not given the medicine. In these studies, the side effects are always documented. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. In clinical trials, the most common dextroamphetamine side effects included:
- Overstimulation, restlessness, or insomnia
- Dry mouth
- Unpleasant taste
- Loss of appetite and decreased eating
- Weight loss (see Dexedrine and Weight Loss)
- Erectile dysfunction (ED or impotence) or changes in sex drive (see Dexedrine Sexual Side Effects).
Dextroamphetamine can also cause a temporary slowing of growth in children. This slowing of growth is usually small (less than an inch and less than two pounds), and children usually catch up to within normal limits in time.