Desoxyn is also licensed for obesity treatment. For adults, the definition of obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (see BMI Calculator to find your BMI). People with a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered to be overweight but not obese. Causes of obesity include overeating, lack of exercise, and other medical conditions (such as hypothyroidism). The health effects of obesity can include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other serious problems.
Obesity can be divided into two categories: endogenous obesity and exogenous obesity. Endogenous obeisty is caused by an identifiable medical condition, such as hypothyroidism. Exogenous obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Desoxyn is meant to treat exogenous obesity (meaning it is not meant to treat obesity due to a known medical cause).
Desoxyn is approved for short-term use (a few weeks) with calorie reduction for obesity treatment in people 12 years old and over. For this use, Desoxyn works mostly as an appetite suppressant, although it may also help to increase metabolism. After a few weeks, the appetite suppressant effect of Desoxyn usually wears off. When this happens, Desoxyn should be stopped (it should not be increased or continued in any way).
For treating ADHD, Desoxyn is not recommended for children under the age of six. For childhood obesity, Desoxyn is not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Desoxyn in young children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Desoxyn for treating something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, one off-label use of Desoxyn involves the treatment of narcolepsy.