Desoxyn is a brand name for methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is a new pharmaceutical drug to come onto the market.
While Desoxyn is intended as a treatment for ADHD (like Adderall), it is already being widely used as a study drug by people with no diagnosed attention deficit disorders (again, like Adderall). People are increasingly viewing this new “focus drug” as an exciting alternative to Adderall; one that offers the same effects but delivered in a slightly different way.
But as it is a relatively new drug to come onto the market, people generally lack any kind of understanding as to what this drug is, how it works, and how it should be used.
So, let’s take a closer look at this new legal stimulant and see what we can ascertain. In this article, we’ll answer the following questions:
- What is Desoxyn?
- How does Desoxyn work?
- What does Desoxyn feel like?
- How much Desoxyn should you use?
- How much does Desoxyn cost?
- Is Desoxyn the new Adderall?
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What is Desoxyn?
Desoxyn is a brand name for methampehatmine hydrochloride. Just like how Adderall is a brand name for a collection of amphetamine salts, Desoxyn is the name a pharmaceutical company have given the compound methampheatmine hydrochloride.
The chemical name for Desoxyn is (S)-N,α-dimethylbenzeneethanamine hydrochloride. The compound was first produced and patented for use as a treatment for ADHD by Ovation Pharmceutials, who were acquired by Ludbeck, a Danish pharma giant.
There are now some generic versions of Desoxyn available under different names, but the original 5mg Desoxyn produced by Lundbeck remains the most popular.
How does Desoxyn work?
Desoxyn works in exactly the same way that all amphetamine products do; by stimulating the central nervous system. This is how Adderall works, and it is how all generic versions of these drugs work.
More specifically, Desoxyn is a sympathomimetic amine. This means it mimics the effects of endogenous agonists of the sympathetic nervous system.
So these drugs trick the sympathetic nervous system into thinking that agonists are acting on it. In other words, your sympathetic nervous system – the thing that controls your rapid, involuntary responses to threats or stressors – is led to believe that it needs to spring into action.
The result is you are put into a state of high alert.
This brings us nicely onto our next question: what does Desoxyn feel like?
What does Desoxyn feel like?
Desoxyn feels like every other amphetamine-based drug, such as Adderall or methamphetamine itself.
Users typically start to feel the effects of Desoxyn after around 30 minutes, depending on the type being used (some forms of Desoxyn are faster-acting than others, just like with Adderall).
Initially, Desoxyn makes users feel significantly more energetic. They experience heightened focus, increased motivation, and drastically greater energy levels. This energy manifests itself primarily as an excitable, frenetic energy; an adrenaline rush rather than a caffeine rush.
Desoxyn’s effects usually peak about 2-3 hours after taking it before tapering off after 4-5 hours. Desoxyn has a half-life of around 5 hours, which means that half of the Desoxyn you take should be eliminated from the body in 5 hours.
Of course, how long the Desoxyn “high” lasts depends on the amount taken, and the specific brand being used – one manufacturer’s methamphetamine hydrochloride might be significantly purer or faster acting than another’s.
Desoxyn dosage: How much should you use?
Methamphetamine should always be used at the minimal effective dose, and that dose should be ascertained on an individual basis. One person’s amphetamine tolerance and propensity to experience side effects can be drastically different from another’s; you must start with a minimal dose and work upwards if absolutely necessary.
The reason for this is that amphetamine use comes with a staggeringly long list of side effect risks and long-term health effects.
The normal dose for the treatment of ADHD or hyperactivity in children is 5mg per day. This is the initial dose given; typically, clinicians will increase this dose to around 20mg per day over time.
There is some controversy about the doses of Desoxyn, Adderall and Ritalin given to children, with many researchers suggesting that it is far in excess of what is necessary, or even helpful. Many think the use of amphetamines to treat ADHD is completely irresponsible and unhelpful. We tend to fall into this camp, although that discussion is for another article.
Note that 5-20mg per day is the typical dose given for the treatment of severe ADHD. As it stands, the recommended Desoxyn dose for the purposes of improving attention and learning in otherwise healthy people is 0mg – NOTHING! You should not be using Desoxyn at all without a prescription, and a very good reason!
Drug interactions with Desoxyn
Before taking Desoxyn, discuss all other prescription medications you’re currently taking with your doctor. Desoxyn can have a dangerous, possibly even fatal, interaction with antidepressants. This is esepcially true of MAOIs.
Always exercise caution with medicines that are known to interact with amphetamines including antidepressants, antipsychotics, seizure medications, blood pressure medications, stomach acid medications — like antacids — and cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants.
Even over-the-counter medications and natural supplements such as nootropics or energy supplements may contain ingredients that raise or lower the level of the medication in your blood to a dangerous level. It is absolutely vital that you speak with your doctor about all other prescription and over-the-counter medications you take.
Things to be aware of before taking Desoxyn
Desoxyn must be stored in a secure place out of reach of children. It must be kept at room temperature. Do not share your Desoxyn prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause serious harm.
You should not take Desoxyn if you:
- are allergic to amphetamines or other stimulant medications
- have taken an antidepressant monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) in the past 7 days
- have heart disease
- have a high chance of stroke or heart attack
- have calcified arteries
- have atherosclerosis
- have hypertension
- have hyperthyroidism
- have glaucoma
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, it is porbably best if you avoid the use of Desoxyn, and all other study drugs, completely. At the very least you should discuss your desire to become pregnant with your doctor before you use any amphetamine-related drugs. Animal studies indicate risk of fetal harm. Desoxyn is passed through breastmilk, so it is recommended that mothers do not nurse while taking it.
The effects of Desoxyn on the elderly have not been properly studied, so anybody over the age of 55 should avoid Desoxyn completely.
Should you use Desoxyn?
At this point, you might be wondering whether or not you should use Desoxyn.
We think the answer is probably not.
It is highly unlikely that you will benefit from Desoxyn unless you have severe ADHD, are not on any other medications which might interact with methamphetamine (there’s a lot of them), and have been prescribed Desoxyn by your doctor.
Methamphetamine hydrochloride is an extremely powerful stimulant drug.
Desoxyn comes with a very long list of short-term side effects and long-term health effects, including:
- Behavior changes
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated risk of heart attacks
- Elevated risk of stroke
- Acutely elevated risk of seizures
Methamphetamine is also known to be a highly addictive substance. Starting to use it in a recreational manner or to help with studying is a BAD IDEA.
So should you use Desoxyn?
Almost definitely not.