Desoxyn

DRUG DESCRIPTION

DESOXYN® (methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets, USP), chemically known as (S)-N,?-dimethylbenzeneethanamine hydrochloride, is a member of the amphetamine group of sympathomimetic amines. It has the following structural formula:

DESOXYN®  (methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets, USP) Structural Formula Illustration

DESOXYN tablets contain 5 mg of methamphetamine hydrochloride for oral administration.

Inactive Ingredients

Corn starch, lactose, sodium paraminobenzoate, stearic acid and talc.

What are the possible side effects of methamphetamine (Desoxyn, Desoxyn Gradumet)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using methamphetamine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure); or
  • tremor, restlessness,...

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What are the precautions when taking methamphetamine hydrochloride (Desoxyn)?

Before taking methamphetamine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sympathomimetic amines (e.g., dextroamphetamine); or if you have any other allergies.This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: glaucoma, heart/blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, angina, irregular heartbeat, valve disorders, heart failure, cardiomyopathy), problems with heart structure (e.g., valve problems), history of heart attack or stroke, moderate or severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid...

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Desoxyn Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Dry mouth, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, trouble sleeping, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blurred vision, swelling of ankles/feet, rapid/unexplained weight loss, fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood/behavior changes (e.g., agitation, aggression, mood swings, depression, abnormal thoughts), uncontrolled movements (e.g., muscle twitching/shaking), outbursts of words/sounds, change in sexual ability/interest.

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, fainting, seizures, blurred vision, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking methamphetamine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sympathomimetic amines (e.g., dextroamphetamine); or if you have any other allergies.This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: glaucoma, heart/blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, angina, irregular heartbeat, valve disorders, heart failure, cardiomyopathy), problems with heart structure (e.g., valve problems), history of heart attack or stroke, moderate or severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, certain mental/mood conditions (e.g., severe agitation, unusual/unrealistic thoughts, psychosis).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, mild high blood pressure (hypertension), personal or family history of uncontrolled movements or outbursts of words/sounds (e.g., due to Tourette's syndrome), family history of sudden death/irregular heartbeat, family/personal history of mental/mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic disorder, suicidal thoughts), seizures.

This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects.

Caution is advised when using this drug in children because it may affect weight, growth rate, and final height. The doctor may recommend temporarily stopping the medication from time to time to reduce this risk. Monitor your child's weight and height, and consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Infants born to mothers who are dependent on this medication may be born too soon (premature) and have low birth weight. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. They may also have withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, or unusual tiredness. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn.

This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Desoxyn Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Desoxyn, Desoxyn Gradumet

Generic Name: methamphetamine (Pronunciation: meth am FET a meen)

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What is methamphetamine (Desoxyn)?

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Methamphetamine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat obesity after other diets or medications have been tried without successful weight loss.

Methamphetamine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of methamphetamine (Desoxyn)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using methamphetamine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure); or
  • tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches).

Continue taking methamphetamine and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • headache or dizziness;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • loss of appetite, weight loss; or
  • loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about methamphetamine (Desoxyn)?

Do not use methamphetamine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take methamphetamine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to methamphetamine, or if you have hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis), heart disease, moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Before taking methamphetamine, tell your doctor if you have any type of heart problems.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Long-term use of methamphetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.

Methamphetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming. Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. You should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.

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