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Controlled substances are medications or drugs that are very habit-forming or are very likely to be abused. Dexedrine, a controlled substance, is a prescription drug used for legitimate medical purposes; unfortunately, it is also likely to be abused. Like most other stimulants, Dexedrine is a Schedule II controlled substance, and there are special rules governing the medication. For example, a Dexedrine prescription must be written in "hard copy" form -- it cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy.
Dexedrine as a Controlled SubstanceDexedrine® (dextroamphetamine sulfate) is a prescription medication that is classified as a controlled substance. Controlled substances are medications or drugs that are very habit-forming or are very likely to be abused. Certain prescription medications and most illegal street drugs are controlled substances. There are special rules for medications that are controlled substances. Also, there are five different groups (or "schedules") of controlled substances. Each schedule has its own specific rules.
Dexedrine, along with most other stimulants, is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that Dexedrine has a legitimate medical purpose but is very likely to be abused (see Dexedrine Abuse for more information). Because it is a Schedule II controlled substance, there are special rules for Dexedrine. Prescriptions for Dexedrine must be written in a "hard copy" form (they cannot be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy). Also, Dexedrine prescriptions cannot have any refills (you must get a new prescription each month).
All of the special rules and "red tape" surrounding the use of Dexedrine may seem inconvenient, but they were put in place to prevent abuse of the medication. There may be other rules your healthcare provider must follow for Dexedrine, depending on the laws of your particular state.