Captagon; What is it? Really.

March 17, 2022

What is Captagon?

There are many variants of addictive substances that are consumed by people from all around the world and these depend on accessibility, cost, geography and others related factors. Whilst so, there are also creative manners in which substances can be manipulated or consumed differently, creating unhealthy addictions.

Captagon is a brand name for pills made from Fenethylline and was first produced in 1961 to treat “hyperkinetic” children, or commonly known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). It was also used to treat those suffering from narcolepsy and depression. The drug does not cause high blood pressure, making it a suitable replacement for amphetamine drugs in treating these illnesses.

In 1981, it was listed as a schedule 1 drug in the U.S. and became an illegal drug in most countries, sanctioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1986. This illegal status created complications in the production of the drug. Some estimates claim that there is little Fenethylline available in today’s Captagon pills, instead, may contain other amphetamines that dilute the Fenethylline within. Captagon is a stimulant drug that produces amphetamine and theophylline. It has been used in the Middle East as a ‘war drug’ by combatants due to its stimulant properties that have enabled soldiers to keep on fighting.

Withdrawals from Captagon are similar to other amphetamines. Surplus in stimulants will leave the body hyperactive, exhausted, and anxious. Hence, it’s important for its users to undergo intensive detoxification to clear the body of the stimulant before any form of treatment is administered. Both addiction treatment and detoxification is essential for captagon addiction. 


The withdrawal symptoms of captagon are like other amphetamines, usually starting between several hours after the last dose. Within 2 to 4 days, the symptoms’ intensity will peak and should fade by the 7th day of abstinence. The symptoms are as follows:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain and Cramps
  • Stomach aches
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nightmares
  • Sluggishness / Apathy
  • Increased appetite


Complications may arise due to inappropriate detoxification methods. For instance, addicts could resort to cross-addictive substitutions and this happens when addicts abuse prescribed drugs meant for detox purposes. Without professional observation and administration, prescribed drugs could be misused, creating unhealthy dependencies. This would result in the addict getting addicted to the drug that was supposed to assist with withdrawals.

Solace utilises a medically supervised detoxification program to ensure that all patients are observed within regulation. Adopting the internationally renowned TIP45 procedure, Solace ensures that each patient is provided with exclusive consultation and treatment, specific to the type of addiction and level of severity. 

Most importantly, the Solace facility is accredited by the governing bodies within the addiction practice of Malaysia and registered under the Ministry of Health, which ensures the highest regulation compliance and standards. In addition to that, our clients will spend their detoxification period in the comfort of a modern hospital with professional medical supervision involving certified doctors and nurses. Our devised procedure is very successful as it is painless and convenient. 


Addiction is a disease that is detrimental on many levels, affecting various aspects of life. The most important essence in seeking treatment is the urgency to act upon it before it causes more irreversible damage. In most cases of addictions involving death, or near-death experiences, the delay in seeking treatment is the most common contributing factor. Seeking immediate detoxification and treatment for captagon is important as the effects of continuous use is hazardous. After detoxification, professional treatment is essential to ensure that the addiction is resolved conclusively.

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