Outpatient treatment of cocaine dependence with dexamphetamine

Hamdy F. Moselhy, Hussein El-Sheikh

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Abstract

Objectives: This research assessed the effect of prescribed dexamphetamine on cocaine users in a community in 2001. Methods: Case notes of all patients seen and prescribed medication by the consultant psychiatrist in the service were received. A matched age and sex control group was compared with subject group. Results: The mean age for the subject group was 31 years. The approximate number of days of using cocaine was 4 days per week. The mean amount of use in typical day was 2 g. The mean results of treatment showed that the mean dose of dexamphetamine was 25 mg daily. The retention in treatment was 5.6 months. Conclusion: Dexamphetamine treatment of cocaine dependence could help in reducing the amount of use and help in retention of the patient in the treatment service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Disorders and their Treatment
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cocaine
  • Community service
  • Dexamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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