Short-acting Dexedrine tablets are taken two to three times daily. The tablets are available in 5mg doses. The first dose is typically taken first thing in the morning; tablets should be taken at the same time each day for the best results.
The long-acting Dexedrine capsule is taken once daily, in the morning. 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg doses are available. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medication in your body throughout the day.
As with all medications, follow your Dexedrine prescription instructions exactly. The optimal dosage varies widely by patient; it is not determined by age, weight, or height, but rather by how a person metabolizes the medication.
During treatment, your doctor may periodically ask you to stop taking your Dexedrine so that they can monitor ADHD symptoms; check vital statistics including blood, heart, and blood pressure; or evaluate height and weight. If any problems are found, your doctor may recommend discontinuing treatment.
Some patients report developing a tolerance to Dexedrine after long-term usage. If you notice that your dosage is no longer controlling your symptoms, talk to your doctor to plan a course of action.
Before starting or refilling a Dexedrine prescription, read the medication guide included with your pills, as it may be updated with new information.
This guide should not replace a conversation with your doctor, who has a holistic view of your or your child’s medical history, other diagnoses, and other prescriptions. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist before you begin taking the medication.