dextroamphetamine

noun

dex·​tro·​am·​phet·​amine ˈdek-(ˌ)strō-am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce dextroamphetamine (audio)
-mən
: a drug consisting of the dextrorotatory form of amphetamine that is usually administered in the form of its sulfate (C9H13N)2·H2SO4 chiefly in the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder

Note: Dextroamphetamine is a strong stimulant of the central nervous system and is a common drug of abuse.

Examples of dextroamphetamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sandoz dextroamphetamine medication at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 30, 2023. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 In Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, none of the 15 pills sold as Adderall in November contained either of the medication’s active ingredients, dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2024 The trial randomized participants on four visits to a single dose of one of the three drugs (30 mg of methylphenidate, 15 milligrams of dextroamphetamine, or 200 milligrams of modafinil) or placebo before being asked to solve eight instances of the knapsack task. Judy George | Medpage Today, ABC News, 15 June 2023 The generic form, which is available in both tablets and capsules and can cost less than the brand name, is amphetamine/dextroamphetamine salts. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Mar. 2023 Adderall is made up of two stimulants: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Julia Ries, Health, 15 Feb. 2023 The effects of caffeine, dextroamphetamine, and modafinil on humor appreciation during sleep deprivation. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2016 Rife with serious side effects—including hallucinations, anorexia, and heart problems— dextroamphetamine (better known as speed) is rarely used today by civilians. Sherry Baker, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2019 This medication is actually a combination of two medications amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dextroamphetamine was in 1943

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“Dextroamphetamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextroamphetamine. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

dextroamphetamine

noun
dex·​tro·​am·​phet·​amine ˌdek-(ˌ)strō-am-ˈfet-ə-ˌmēn, -mən How to pronounce dextroamphetamine (audio)
variants or chiefly British dexamphetamine
: a drug consisting of dextrorotatory amphetamine that is usually administered in the form of its sulfate (C9H13N)2·H2SO4, chiefly in the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder

Note: Trademarks for preparations containing dexamphetamine include Adderall and Dexedrine. It is a strong stimulant of the central nervous system and is a common drug of abuse.

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