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There are many possible side effects of Dexedrine, and weight loss appears to be one of them. In fact, some people may abuse Dexedrine to lose weight. Although the FDA has not approved Dexedrine for weight loss, it may be used "off-label" in certain circumstances. When children who are still growing experience weight loss with Dexedrine, it can be a problem. Waiting to take Dexedrine until after breakfast may help alleviate the weight loss growing children may experience with the drug.

An Overview of Dexedrine and Weight Loss

Dexedrine® (dextroamphetamine sulfate) is a prescription medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. There are a number of possible side effects of Dexedrine, and weight loss appears to be one of them. For some people, this may be a good thing. On occasion, healthcare providers may prescribe Dexedrine as a weight-loss medicine. For many people, though, unintended weight loss can be a problem. For example, weight loss can be a problem in children who are still growing. Using Dexedrine for weight loss can also be a problem if the medicine is abused. In fact, losing weight may be one of the reasons why so many people abuse Dexedrine (see Dexedrine Abuse for more information).

Dealing With Dexedrine Weight Loss in Children and Teenagers

During clinical trials, weight loss was reported as a side effect of Dexedrine (the exact percentage of people who experienced weight loss was not reported). Although weight loss may be a desirable side effect for some children and teens, too much weight loss can be a problem for growing bodies. Loss of appetite was also reported as one of the Dexedrine side effects.
Some people find that waiting to take Dexedrine until after breakfast may help with a loss of appetite and/or weight loss. If your child or teenager seems to be losing too much weight, talk to your healthcare provider. There are other ADHD medications that may not cause these problems for your child.
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