Medication Treatments for ADHD - Methamphetamine HCL (Desoxyn) for ADHD

hp-adhd-295Desoxyn is rarely used in the treatment of ADHD. There is no generic available. Desoxyn is made by Abbott and the dosage is comparable to Dexedrine. However, Desoxyn is about 2-3 times more expensive than Dexedrine.

Important points to remember when prescribing or taking Desoxyn:

  1. Desoxyn is apparently effective for the Inattentive form of ADHD.
  2. Onset of action is 20-30 minutes, lasting 3 to 4 hours where the drop-off in effect is more similar to Dexedrine than Ritalin.
  3. Desoxyn is contraindicated in patients with glaucoma.

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Staff, H. (2003, December 1). Medication Treatments for ADHD - Methamphetamine HCL (Desoxyn) for ADHD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: February 14, 2016

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