Placebo-Controlled Studies of Sustaining the Alertness and Flight Performance of Aviators with Dexedrine
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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Dextroamphetanmine Dexedrine is a stimulant capable of temporarily reversing many of the effects of sleep deprivation. This report substantiates the efficacy of Dexedrine for aviation sustained operations. Specifically it is shown that this countermeasure maintains flight skills psychological mood and physiological activation in sleep-deprived pilots. Dexedrines positive impact is not offset by marked disruptions In recovery sleep although lighter sleep was noted after the drug than after placebo. It is concluded that Dexedrine is a viable remedy for fatigue in aviation sustained operations but it is not a substitute for proper crew-rest scheduling. There is no replacement for adequate restful sleep.
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