Dextroamphetamine, the generic version of Dexedrine, Dextrostat and ProCentra, belongs to the amphetamine class of controlled substances. Commonly used as a treatment for conditions involving narcolepsy, ADHD and extreme cases of obesity, dextroamphetamine corrects for existing brain chemical imbalances, which provides relief from symptoms associated with these conditions. With dextroamphetamine abuse, the effects of the drug can actually cause chemical imbalances in the brain or worsen pre-existing imbalances.
Anyone who’s used amphetamines on an ongoing basis well knows how powerful these drugs can be. As one of the most powerful stimulant-type drugs in existence, dextroamphetamine can quickly take over the brain’s normal chemical processes. With months or years of dextroamphetamine abuse, the need for treatment becomes painfully apparent as a person’s life starts to fall apart.
Amphetamines as a group encompass a wide range of drugs, including Ritalin, Adderall and Strattera. According to the University of Maryland, all amphetamines contain two compounds in varying amounts, dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine, with dextroamphetamine being the more powerful of the two.
Like most every drug in this class, dextroamphetamine works by speeding up chemical processes in the brain and central nervous system. With dextroamphetamine abuse, the effects of these interactions can quickly spin out of control.
Signs of Dextroamphetamine Abuse
Tolerance Level Increases
Dextroamphetamine works through its ability to stimulate neurotransmitter production from certain key groups of brain cells. For people engaging in dextroamphetamine abuse, these effects cause damage to cell structures, making them less sensitive to the drug’s effects. This loss of sensitivity prompts users to increase their dosage amounts and frequency of use to ensure they experience the desired effects of the drug.
Withdrawal episodes develop out of the damage done to brain cell functions, which inevitably leaves the brain unable to manage the body’s systems as normal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once withdrawal symptoms take shape a person has developed a physical dependency on the drug. This can happen quickly with dextroamphetamine abuse.
Compared to other drug classes, such as opiates and sedatives, tolerance level increases can progress at a much faster rate for amphetamines, especially dextroamphetamine based varieties. When this happens, users have to engage in bingeing behaviors which entail ingesting multiple drug doses in rapid succession in order to experience the drug’s effects. Bingeing practices in general place users at considerable risk of developing serious health problems as the body’s system is functioning on overdrive on a continuous basis.
Depression, Anxiety & Worry
The effects of dextroamphetamine abuse take a tremendous toll on a person’s emotional state and even more so as brain chemical levels skew further out of balance. Feelings of depression and anxiety only work to drive ongoing dextroamphetamine abuse creating a vicious cycle of drug abuse and emotional turmoil as these symptoms become more severe.
The Need for Treatment
It’s easy to see how dextroamphetamine abuse can take over one’s life in a fairly short period of time. Without needed treatment help, a person experiences ongoing decline in his or her physical and psychological well-being. Before long it becomes near impossible to manage the affairs of everyday life.
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