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A healthcare provider may prescribe Desoxyn® (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children six years old and older. It is also approved for short-term treatment of obesity. Desoxyn is a type of stimulant, although it can have effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants (like caffeine) can cause hyperactivity, Desoxyn has a calming effect when used at the doses intended for ADHD treatment.
 
People with ADHD have problems paying attention, focusing, and controlling their behavior. While most people think of ADHD as a problem in children, it can also occur in adults. Although Desoxyn is not approved for use in treating ADHD in adults, healthcare providers may occasionally prescribe Desoxyn "off-label" for this purpose.
 
When using Desoxyn for ADHD treatment, the dosage your healthcare provider recommends will be based on several factors. Some of these factors your healthcare provider will consider include other medications you are currently taking, other medical conditions you may have, and the condition being treated. This medication comes in the form of tablets and is typically taken once or twice a day. Desoxyn tablets are available in one strength -- Desoxyn 5 mg tablets.
 
(Click Desoxyn for a more in-depth look at using Desoxyn for ADHD treatment, including information on how this medication works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
 
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