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Using Dexedrine for Weight Loss

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Dexedrine as a weight-loss medication. However, your healthcare provider may prescribe Dexedrine for weight loss for a short period of time in certain situations. This is an "off-label" use of Dexedrine.
Although the FDA regulates how a medication can be advertised or promoted by the manufacturer, these regulations do not restrict a doctor's ability to prescribe the medication for different conditions, in different doses, or for different periods of time. The practice of prescribing medications for certain periods of time or for conditions not FDA-approved is known as an "off-label" use. Your healthcare provider will prescribe a medicine for an off-label use when he or she feels that the medicine is appropriate for your situation.
While medications are often used off-label in many circumstances, you should feel comfortable about asking your doctor if he or she is using a medication or combination of medications in a manner that is not approved by the FDA.

Dexedrine and Weight Loss: Summary

Weight loss is a side effect of Dexedrine. In fact, it is such a common side effect that Dexedrine is often abused for this purpose. While Dexedrine is not approved for this use, there may be a few situations where using Dexedrine for weight loss may be acceptable. 
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