dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Dextrostat, ProCentra, Zenzedi)

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GENERIC NAME: dextroamphetamine sulfate

BRAND NAME: Dexedrine, Dextrostat, ProCentra, Zenzedi

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Dextroamphetamine is a medication used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. ADHD is a common disorder among children and teenagers that affects social, academic, and occupational functioning. Narcolepsy also is known as excessive daytime sleepiness, which is more common in adults. Dextroamphetamine is an amphetamine salt. Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the level of the neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by nerves that are released and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves.) The exact mechanism of action in ADHD is unknown.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014

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