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Desoxyn is the brand name of a methamphetamine used to treat children suffering from ADHD and exogenous obesity. Desoxyn is a central nervous system stimulate that acts as a substrate at the seretonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine neurotransmitters. It triggers an influx of these neurotransmitters causing them to remain in the body for a longer period of time. For children with ADHD, desoxyn increases attention span. For people suffering from exogenous obesity, a result of compulsive overeating, desyxon works as an appetite reducer. Although desoxyn is used for treatment, it has a high risk of abuse which can lead to chronic use and death.

Side Effects

Methamphetamine increases and blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This leads to high levels of dopamine inside the body. Dopamine is responsible for feelings of motivation, excitements, and pleasure. The rapid release of this chemical results in feelings of euphoria. Chronic use occurs when there has been a chemical and molecular change in the brain. This results in compulsive drug seeking and use. Tolerance for desoxyn builds up within two weeks of first use. Therefore a psychological and physical dependence can occur very early within use.

Side Effects Include:

  • Euphoria
  • Anxiety
  • Increased libido
  • Irritability
  • Energy
  • Dry mouth
  • Head ache
  • Anorexia
  • Restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Rise in sugar levels
  • Perspiration


Patients using desoxyn often increase their dosage in order to maintain euphoric effects of digesting the drug. If desoxyn use is abruptly stopped, withdrawal may occur.

Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dermatoses
  • Insomnia
  • Personality changes
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Health Effects of Abuse Include:

  • Tremors
  • Brain damage
  • Formication
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Schizophrenia
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death


Desoxyn use and withdrawal can be life-threatening. In order to prevent fatal withdrawal syndromes, users can enter a detox facility where they are monitored and looked after by detox specialists and doctors. Current research has shown that stimulates, such as dextroamphetamine can break the cycle of addiction to Desoxyn similar to the usage of methadone in the treatment for heroin addiction. Desoxyn abusers can attend 12 step recovery programs such as Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). Treatment centers are also available to aid in the recovery of Desoxyn addiction.

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