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Re: Dexedrine vs Desoxyn

Posted by alohashirt on October 15, 2005, at 20:35:10

In reply to Re: Dexedrine vs Desoxyn, posted by Paulbwell on October 10, 2005, at 22:45:35

> It seems as if Dexedrine is often more effective in ADD/HD, but in SEVER Narcolepsy and problems where folks simply cannot live a normal life, (being awake life) Then Desoxyn HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE SUPERIOR, in allowing these people to remain awake, and on the job.

At risk of being a troll, the addictability (if such a thing exists) is distinct from the effectiveness of Desoxyn. A prior post suggest there was more abuse of ritalin than desoxyn, which sounds irrelevant, and incredible. My skepticism about the discussion is more about the rah-rah. Whenever someone is too enthusiastic about a stimulant I feel uneasy and recall the "ecstasy is good" rhetoric that me and my friends spouted fifteen years ago.

I haven't seen any comparitive research about dexedrine and desoxyn. I recall how astounded I was to discover that the brain fog and distraction that led me to struggle in grad school just disappeared when I began self-medicating with speed. I got A grades, some funny stories, met some bad people, got underarm cysts from a depressed immune system, and realized that I didn't have the self-control to ration myself from my big plastic bag. It took more than ten years to realize that distraction chaos and confusion were more than character traits. Today dexedrine seemed less effective than methamphetamine (desoxyn + who knows what) was then, but maybe thats just middle aged with kids versus young and no commitments.

So whats my point? There is no profit to be made by selling more dexedrine or desoxyn so we are likely to suffer with more examples of Strattera - less effective ADHD meds thatcan be sold at high prices. The tragedy is that we don't have any controlled studies comparing ritalin, focalin, methamphetamine, and dexedrine or suggesting what subtypes of ADHD or other factors might make one or another a better choice. So we end with either whichever is easiest to prescribe, or if we get a good pdoc we try them all and attempt to work it out for ourselves.

It's a shame.




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