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    Biphetamine was a brand-name prescription drug with dextroamphetamine and amphetamine as its main ingredients. It was discontinued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the current prescription drug Adderall has the same main ingredients as Biphetamine.

    Adderall comes in standard and extended-release capsules. Generic forms of Biphetamine may still be available, as well as illicit forms made by combining the two amphetamines.

    Effects Of Biphetamine

    Adderall, formerly Biphetamine, is prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some forms of narcolepsy. The use of Biphetamine or Adderall releases norepinephrine in the central nervous system (CNS).

    Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that controls heart rate and blood pressure. Patients taking this combination can expect to feel increased mental alertness and motor activity along with decreased fatigue.

    Short-Term Effects Of Biphetamine

    Common side effects of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine include vasoconstriction (high blood pressure), mydriasis (dilated pupils), weight loss, dry mouth, constipation, and nausea. There is also a potential for serious side effects, such as:

    • mania
    • hallucinations
    • transient mydriasis (in patients with glaucoma)
    • paranoia
    • depression
    • chest pain
    • hives
    • itching
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • seizures

    These are signs of serious adverse effects and require immediate medical attention.

    Interactions With Other Medications

    Adderall and its generic forms can interact with certain medications.

    Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or MAOIs, slow down amphetamine absorption in the body. Previously safe doses of amphetamine can become dangerous, toxic, and even fatal when mixed with MAOIs. Patients are advised to avoid amphetamines within 14 days of taking MAOIs.

    Other drugs that interact negatively with amphetamines include tricyclic antidepressants, barbiturates, and certain antipsychotics. Mixing amphetamines with other drugs without medical approval is a form of substance abuse.

    Long-Term Effects Of Biphetamine

    Taking Biphetamine or Adderall consistently can drain your dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls reward, motivation, and other important functions. A lack of dopamine can have serious effects on how you function.

    Other long-term side effects of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine use include:

    • extreme fatigue
    • heart problems
    • changes in libido
    • anorexia

    Abuse Potential Of Biphetamine

    Amphetamines are Schedule II stimulants according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Substances in this category have a high potential for drug abuse and dependency, even though some of them are approved for medical use.

    Along with Adderall, which shares ingredients with the former Biphetamine, Dexedrine and Ritalin also fall under Schedule II controlled substances. Many of these substances have seen abuse from people looking to improve productivity, such as college students or office workers. 

    Schedule II stimulants can be abused by crushing, snorting, injecting, or simply not taking them as directed. Abusing Schedule II substances can lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit.

    ​Treatment Options For Amphetamine Abuse

    Treating Biphetamine, Ritalin, or methamphetamine abuse may vary depending on the method of abuse and the patient’s overall health. Some patients may need treatment for blood-borne diseases that came from injecting amphetamines or risky behaviors.

    Treating amphetamine abuse or addiction involves therapy and counseling services. 

    While other substances (like opioids) have medications that can reduce dependence, no such medications exist for amphetamines. Recent research has not turned up many promising results, so patients should expect counseling, therapy, and peer support for treatment.

    To learn about our treatment options, please contact our helpline today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2023 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Article Sources

    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine
    National Library of Medicine: PubMed Central - Pharmacological Treatment of Methamphetamine/Amphetamine Dependence: A Systematic Review​​​
    U.S. Department of Justice - Controlled Substance Schedules​​​
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Adderall (CII)
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration - FDA-Approved Drugs​​​

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on November 10, 2022
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