Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

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Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

Generic Name: lisdexamfetamine (lis dex am FET a meen)
Brand Names:Vyvanse

Medically reviewed by Sophia Entringer, PharmD Last updated on Jan 4, 2019.

What is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Vyvanse is FDA-approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old.

Vyvanse is also used to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults. This medicine is not to be used for obesity or weight loss.

Important information

Vyvanse may be habit-forming, and this medicine is a drug of abuse. Tell your doctor if you have had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart defect.

Do not use Vyvanse if you have used a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.

Vyvanse may cause new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior), especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder.

You may have blood circulation problems that can cause numbness, pain, or discoloration in your fingers or toes.

Call your doctor right away if you have: signs of heart problems–chest pain, feeling light-headed or short of breath; signs of psychosis–paranoia, aggression, new behavior problems, seeing or hearing things that are not real; signs of circulation problems–unexplained wounds on your fingers or toes.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Vyvanse if you are allergic to lisdexamfetamine or any component of the formulation.

Do not use Vyvanse if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in certain people. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart problems or a congenital heart defect;
  • high blood pressure; or
  • a family history of heart disease or sudden death.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever had:

  • depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • kidney disease;
  • coronary artery disease (clogged arteries);
  • blood circulation problems in the hands or feet; or
  • drug or alcohol addiction.

Some medicines can interact with lisdexamfetamine and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.

Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.

It is not known whether Vyvanse will harm an unborn baby. However, taking the medicine during pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight, withdrawal symptoms, and possible toxic effects in the newborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Lisdexamfetamine can pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in the nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Vyvanse is not FDA-approved to treat ADHD in a child younger than 6 years old. Vyvanse is not FDA-approved to treat binge eating disorder in anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take Vyvanse?

Take Vyvanse exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Lisdexamfetamine may be habit-forming. Never share Vyvanse with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.

Take Vyvanse with or without food, first thing in the morning.

Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Do not crush, chew, break, or divide a Vyvanse capsule. Swallow the capsule whole.

To make swallowing easier, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a glass of water or orange juice, or mix it with yogurt. After the medicine has dissolved, drink or eat the mixture right away. Do not save for later use.

While using this medicine, your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep track of your medicine. Vyvanse is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

Throw away unused or expired Vyvanse in a sealed container or bag. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a community pharmaceutical take back disposal program.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but not late in the day. Skip the missed dose if it is almost evening. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of lisdexamfetamine can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms may include restlessness, tremor, muscle twitches, rapid breathing, hostility, violence, panic, muscle pain or weakness, and dark colored urine. These symptoms may be followed by depression and tiredness. Overdose may also cause seizure or coma.

What should I avoid while taking Vyvanse?

Vyvanse may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Vyvanse: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of heart problems – chest pain, trouble breathing, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, feeling you might pass out;
  • signs of psychosis – hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia; or
  • signs of circulation problems – numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes.

Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Vyvanse can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common Vyvanse side effects may include:

  • dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • fast heart rate, feeling jittery;
  • dizziness, feeling anxious or irritable; or
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Vyvanse?

Ask your doctor before using a stomach acid medicine (including Alka-Seltzer or sodium bicarbonate). Some of these medicines can change the way your body absorbs lisdexamfetamine, and may increase side effects.

Other drugs may interact with lisdexamfetamine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Vyvanse only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Side Effects of Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate), Warnings, Uses

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

Vyvanse Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat:

What Are Side Effects of Vyvanse?

Common side effects of Vyvanse include

  • anorexia,
  • anxiety,
  • decreased appetite,
  • weight loss,
  • diarrhea,
  • dizziness,
  • dry mouth,
  • irritability,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • nausea,
  • abdominal or stomach pain,
  • vomiting,
  • increased heart rate,
  • constipation,
  • jittery feeling,
  • mild skin rash,
  • an unpleasant taste in your mouth,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • sweating, and
  • restlessness.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Vyvanse including:

  • blurred vision,
  • fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat,
  • mental/mood/behavior changes such as:
  • uncontrolled movements,
  • muscle twitching or shaking,
  • numbness/pain/skin color change/sensitivity to temperature in the fingers or toes,
  • outbursts of words or sounds,
  • a change in sexual ability or interest,
  • swelling ankles or feet,
  • extreme tiredness,
  • rapid or unexplained weight loss, or
  • frequent or prolonged erections (in males)

Dosage for Vyvanse

The recommended dose of Vyvanse is 30 mg once daily in the morning. The maximum recommended dose is 70 mg/day.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Vyvanse?

Vyvanse may interact with

  • ammonium chloride,
  • ascorbic acid (vitamin C),
  • K-Phos,
  • blood pressure medications,
  • diuretics (water pills),
  • antihistamines,
  • chlorpromazine,
  • ethosuximide,
  • lithium,
  • methenamine,
  • phenytoin,
  • phenobarbital,
  • pain medication, or
  • antidepressants

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Vyvanse During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, Vyvanse should be taken only if prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while using this drug. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication.

Additional Information

Our Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

ADHD Symptoms in Children See Slideshow Vyvanse Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of heart problems–chest pain, trouble breathing, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, feeling you might pass out;
  • signs of psychosis–hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia; or
  • signs of circulation problems–numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes.

Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Lisdexamfetamine can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • fast heart rate, feeling jittery;
  • dizziness, feeling anxious or irritable; or
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate)

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How Vyvanse for ADHD Can Interact With Bipolar Medications

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

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It's very common for children with bipolar disorder to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well. Adults with bipolar disorder also may be diagnosed with ADHD. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is one of the medications that may be prescribed to treat ADHD, and it is approved for use in children, adolescents, and adults.

Not only is Vyvanse used for the treatment of ADHD, in 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also approved it for binge eating disorder as well.

Its website and product information clearly state that Vyvanse is a prescription medication that treats Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and above, and moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in adults.

Treating ADHD in someone who has bipolar disorder can be tricky. The Vyvanse label states, “Stimulants are not intended for use in patients who exhibit symptoms secondary to environmental factors and/or other primary psychiatric disorders, including psychosis.” A doctor who is considering prescribing this drug needs to carefully evaluate the symptoms of the individual patient.

Hidden bipolar or psychotic disorders can be triggered by stimulants, and known psychiatric conditions made worse, so the doctor must also monitor the patient closely for such symptom changes.

This once-a-day medication should be taken in the morning, since taking it later in the day can lead to insomnia. It can be taken with or without food. A capsule can be opened and the powder inside dissolved in a glass of water or orange juice, or a serving of yogurt. The manufacturer warns that in this case, the water with Vyvanse in it must be drunk immediately.

The recommended starting dose is 30 mg. This can be adjusted up to a maximum dose of 70 mg per day.

It's also recommended that long-term use of Vyvanse be interrupted at times to see whether ADHD symptoms return to a point where medical treatment is still necessary. Such interruption may also be a good idea if there are signs of a child or adolescent's growth being suppressed.

This drug should not be taken at the same time as any monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). In addition, you should wait 14 days between discontinuing an MAOI and starting to take Vyvanse, so that the MAOI has completely worked your system. Taking the two drugs together increases the risk of a dangerous hypertensive crisis.

Other problematic medications commonly used to treat bipolar disorder may include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants, especially Norpramin (desipramine) and Vivactil (protriptyline), which may cause a significant increase in the amount of Vyvanse in the body
  • Haldol (haloperidol), which may make Vyvanse less effective
  • Lithium, which may also make Vyvanse less effective
  • Vyvanse is a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning it has a strong potential for abuse and addiction, but also has legitimate medical uses. Misuse can lead to serious heart problems and sudden death. Psychosis is a common sign of continual intoxication.
  • Patients should be screened for existing heart ailments before starting Vyvanse. There is a risk of a number of cardiovascular problems with this medication. Stroke, heart attack, sudden death, and high blood pressure have been reported.
  • At proper doses in clinical trials, the emergence of psychotic symptoms or mania was rare, only 1/10th of 1 percent. However, the danger increases when the drug is abused.

Regarding bipolar disorder, the medication label states:

“Particular care should be taken in using stimulants to treat ADHD in patients with comorbid bipolar disorder because of concern for possible induction of a mixed/manic episode in such patients.

Prior to initiating treatment with a stimulant, patients with comorbid depressive symptoms should be adequately screened to determine if they are at risk for bipolar disorder.

Such screening should include a detailed psychiatric history, including a family history of suicide, bipolar disorder, and depression.”

If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

Common and less serious side effects include:

  • Stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea (mostly in adults), dry mouth
  • Decreased appetite (very common), weight loss
  • Insomnia (very common), irritability (mostly in children under 13), anxiety (mostly in adults)

Other possible serious side effects include:

  • Aggression
  • Tics
  • Visual disturbances
  • Seizures
  • Long-term suppression of growth

Vyvanse is in Pregnancy Category C, meaning it should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the risk to the fetus. This medication is excreted in breast milk and should not be taken while nursing, as it may cause harm to the infant.

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Side Effects of Vyvanse

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2. Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants1.

Vyvanse is classified as a Schedule II drug, indicating it has known medical use, but it also carries a high potential for abuse and dependence 3. Schedule II is the highest cautionary classification given to prescription drugs, and these drugs are only to be used under the strict supervision of a physician.

Is Vyvanse Harmful?

Examples of ways in which people may misuse or abuse Vyvanse include:

  • Taking larger doses than prescribed.
  • Taking the drug more often than prescribed.
  • Taking the drug any other way than orally (snorting, injecting, etc.).
  • Taking it without a prescription.
  • Mixing it with alcohol or other drugs.

Vyvanse can be an effective drug for the treatment of ADHD and binge-eating disorders when it is prescribed and monitored by a physician.

Many people take Vyvanse for extended periods of time without any problem.

However, if Vyvanse is misused or abused, it can speed up the development of tolerance, have a negative impact on both mental and physical health, and lead to a maladaptive pattern of abuse.

When someone abuses Vyvanse, a tolerance for the medication may develop, meaning that he or she may require increased doses to feel the desired effects of the drug.

Over time, the tolerance can facilitate the development of physical dependence on Vyvanse, which means that the body cannot function normally without the presence of the stimulant medication.

When a person is physically dependent on Vyvanse, symptoms of withdrawal will occur when attempting to stop using the drug.

While physical dependence and addiction are not the same, physical dependence often accompanies addiction, which is a progressive condition characterized by continued Vyvanse abuse despite negative consequences.

Chronic Vyvanse abuse can lead to a problematic pattern of use that causes significant impairment and distress in the user’s life.

When someone is addicted to Vyvanse, he or she will use the drug despite interpersonal, physical, or psychological problems, experience serious cravings for Vyvanse, and have problems controlling use.

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Short-Term Effects of Vyvanse

Vyvanse use can cause a few desirable, short-term effects, such as 4:

  • Euphoria.
  • Disinhibition.
  • Increased focus.
  • Feelings of being in control.
  • Increased sociability.
  • Increased energy.

In people with ADHD, Vyvanse is intended to increase focus and attention. However, there is a growing trend for people to take stimulants, such as Vyvanse, even when they do not have ADHD. Such usage may stem from a belief that the drug will make them smarter or give them a competitive edge academically.

Many high school and college students begin to abuse Vyvanse and other stimulants for this reason. However, research has shown that when students who do not have ADHD take Vyvanse and other stimulants, they actually have a lower GPA 5.

Despite research findings such as these, students continue to use Vyvanse as a study aid. In addition to using Vyvanse for academic reasons, many people also abuse Vyvanse for weight loss or merely to get high 5.

College students may combine alcohol with Vyvanse when partying to decrease the feelings of drunkenness or stay awake longer.

Some people take Vyvanse orally, but more often, abusers of Vyvanse use it by crushing and snorting it, or mixing it with water and then injecting it 5.

Vyvanse can produce undesirable effects which can be both physical and psychological. Physical side effects can include 1,4,6:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Difficulty falling asleep.
  • Dizziness.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Changes in sex drive.

Some side effects of abusing Vyvanse are serious and require medical attention, including 1:

  • Uncontrollable shaking.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Fainting.
  • Seizures.
  • Hives.
  • Swelling of face, tongue, lips, or mouth.
  • Numbness.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Blue fingers or toes.

Vyvanse can cause heart attack, stroke, or sudden death, even if taken exactly as prescribed 1. It’s important to speak to your doctor about any known medical conditions, particularly heart defects or problems. Abusing this medication can greatly increase the risk of these adverse effects and fatalities.

Psychological side effects can occur in people with no history of mental illness, but the misuse of Vyvanse can sometimes cause these symptoms to emerge. Psychological symptoms can include 1,2:

  • Anxiety.
  • Irritability.
  • Aggression.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Mood swings.
  • Manic episodes.

These physical and psychological symptoms may complicate the recovery process and make it difficult for someone to quit using Vyvanse on their own. If you or someone you know suffers from problematic Vyvanse use, call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? to learn about rehabilitation options.

Long-Term Effects of Vyvanse Abuse

Chronic Vyvanse abuse can lead to numerous mental and physical health effects.

Repeated use can lead to the development of tolerance and physical dependence, after which withdrawal symptoms may arise when use is reduced or quit.

If someone who is dependent on Vyvanse continues to use, he or she may go on to develop an addiction, which is characterized by problematic use despite negative consequences.

Some other possible long-term effects of Vyvanse abuse include 5,6,7:

  • Malnutrition.
  • Stunted height and weight in children.
  • Paranoia.
  • Hostility.
  • Psychosis.

Effects of long-term abuse may vary depending on the method of administration. Intravenous users are at risk for the following 6:

  • Track lines.
  • Collapsed veins.
  • Abscesses.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • HIV or hepatitis.
  • Infection of the heart lining.

Conversely, intranasal users are at risk for the following effects 6:

  • Nasal bleeding.
  • Perforated septum.
  • Sinusitis.

Some social and lifestyle effects of long-term drug abuse or addiction may include:

  • Impaired work or school performance.
  • Excessive absences.
  • Job loss.
  • Suspension or expulsion from school.
  • Divorce.
  • Child neglect.
  • Legal problems (DUI, drug possession, etc.).

Vyvanse Addiction

Because Vyvanse is a stimulant, an addiction to this medication can be classified as a Stimulant Use Disorder according to the DSM-5 6. There are some signs and symptoms of a Vyvanse addiction you should be aware of, such as 6:

  • Vyvanse is taken in greater doses or for a longer period of time than originally planned.
  • Attempts to cut back on or quit Vyvanse use are unsuccessful.
  • An inordinate amount of time is spent getting or using Vyvanse, or recovering from its effects.
  • Strong cravings for Vyvanse are present.
  • Use results in failure to meet responsibilities at home, school, or work.
  • Interpersonal, physical, or psychological problems result from Vyvanse use.
  • Vyvanse is used in hazardous situations, such as before or while driving.
  • Important recreational or occupational activities are abandoned in favor of Vyvanse use.
  • Tolerance develops, requiring increased doses to achieve the same high.
  • Withdrawal symptoms appear with cessation of use.

If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction to Vyvanse or any other drug, call our helpline at 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? to speak to a treatment support representative about recovery options.

Vyvanse Withdrawal Treatment

When a person tries to stop using Vyvanse, symptoms of withdrawal may develop. These symptoms tend to be unpleasant and uncomfortable, and many users will continue to use Vyvanse to alleviate or prevent these symptoms.

Someone who is trying to get sober may relapse due to withdrawal symptoms, which is why treatment is often recommended.

Common Vyvanse withdrawal symptoms include 4,5:

  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Depression.
  • Intense cravings.
  • Mood swings.
  • Concentration problems.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Headaches.
  • Increased appetite.
  • Sleep difficulties.

Some people are unable to stop using Vyvanse on their own and benefit from the supervision and care found at professional detox programs to help them withdraw safely and comfortably from the medication.

Detox programs are short-term, lasting a few days, and provide 24/7 monitoring, as well as access to medical and psychological care when needed.

Medical evaluations and ongoing assessments are part of the detox process, as well as emotional support from staff to help people get through this difficult time.

While there are some medications designed to help people taper off of drugs such as heroin, there are no medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to specifically manage Vyvanse or stimulant withdrawal or treat cases of stimulant dependence. Various symptoms of withdrawal, such as depression or sleep problems, may be treated as needed with appropriate medications.

Detox is only the first step on the road to recovery. For many, addiction is a chronic struggle that must be managed over a person’s lifetime. Once detox has been completed, many patients transition into a long-term recovery program.

Ongoing treatment in an inpatient and/or outpatient setting can provide a person with relapse prevention skills, stress-management techniques, and other various therapeutic interventions to help with long-term recovery.

Treatment will help the person abusing Vyvanse explore the reasons for the addiction and develop coping skills to use in trigger situations.

Inpatient treatment programs require that you reside at the facility for the duration of treatment. These programs are typically 30, 60, or 90 days, although they can be longer if needed.

Patients receive an intake evaluation, which an experienced treatment team uses to create an individualized treatment program the patient’s unique needs.

Individuals generally receive individual therapy, group counseling, around-the-clock medical care, and aftercare planning.

Outpatient recovery programs provide patients with the flexibility to live at home while receiving treatment services.

Some people use outpatient treatment programs as step-down care after completing an inpatient program, while others utilize outpatient as their primary means of treatment. Some outpatient programs are more intensive than others.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) require a substantial daily time commitment, while others only meet a couple times a week for 1-2 hours per day.

Following a course of inpatient or outpatient treatment, many continue with various forms of aftercare including regular participation in support group meetings, such as those offered by 12-step programs Narcotics Anonymous (NA). NA can provide ongoing support and a sense of community for someone living a sober life.

If you or someone you love suffers from a Vyvanse addiction, call 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? to receive information about Vyvanse detox and recovery programs.

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Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) – Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions – Drugs

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & More

Vyvanse is the brand name of the prescription drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate.

Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults and binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults.

Vyvanse is not a narcotic, but the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers it a Schedule II controlled substance.

Vyvanse is a stimulant in a class of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines.

Scientists aren't sure exactly how the drug works, but it does stimulate the part of the the nervous system involved in the “flight-or-fight” response.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vyvanse in 2007. Shire Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drug.

Vyvanse and Abuse

Despite the fact that the DEA considers all CNS stimulants with a potential risk of abuse, Vyvanse is less ly than other similar drugs to be abused.

That's because it must be absorbed in the intestinal tract before it is converted to the active form, dextroamphetamine.

Inhaling or injecting the drug would not have the same effect.

Vyvanse and Weight Loss

Many people who take Vyvanse notice changes in their appetite, and there are reports of weight loss.

In fact, some people who abuse Vyvanse take it specifically to lose weight.

Vyvanse Warnings

There are reports of rather unusual side effects, such as teeth clenching or picking at your skin.

Boys and men taking Vyvanse may start having erections that last longer than normal and occur more frequently.

People who are allergic to Vyvanse or any other ingredients in the drug shouldn't take it.

Vyvanse may cause mood changes or other unusual behaviors.

Some people taking Vyvanse notice changes in their circulation and the blood vessels of their fingers and toes.

Ask your doctor before taking Vyvanse if you have high blood pressure or a racing heartbeat.

Ask your child's pediatrician about the safety and risks of Vyvanse before it's prescribed.

Children with an irregular heartbeat, heart disease, or other heart problems shouldn't take Vyvanse, because it can cause sudden death, stroke, and heart attack.

If your child is taking Vyvanse, you should know that the drug could stunt his or her growth.

Black-Box Warning

Vyvanse has a black-box warning because central nervous system stimulants have the potential for abuse and dependence.

Your doctors should assess your potential for abuse before prescribing Vyvanse and monitor you for abuse while you are taking it.

Pregnancy and Vyvanse

Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of taking Vyvanse during pregnancy outweigh the risks.

Vyvanse isn't considered safe to take while breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor if you're pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding before taking Vyvanse.

Source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/vyvanse

Vyvanse: ADHD Medication Overview

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Vyvanse (Generic Name: lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a once-daily, timed-release stimulant ADHD medication primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. According to the FDA, Vyvanse is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. It is an amphetamine.

Vyvanse may improve focus for people with inattentive ADHD (aka ADD, and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior — hallmark ADHD symptoms for many patients. It is not known if it is safe for children under the age of 6.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends ADHD treatment with behavioral therapy before medication for children under the age of 6.

For children ages 6 to 11, the AAP says “The primary care clinician should prescribe US Food and Drug Administration–approved medications for ADHD and/or evidence-based parent- and/or teacher-administered behavior therapy as treatment for ADHD, preferably both.

” wise, the National Institute of Mental Health finds the most successful treatment plans use a combination of ADHD medication, Adderall XR, and behavioral therapy.

Vyvanse can also be used to treat binge eating disorder in adults.

What is the Typical Dosage for Vyvanse?

The optimal dosage of Vyvanse varies patient by patient. Your doctor may adjust your dosage weekly by 10mg or 20mg increments until you or your child experiences the best response — that is, the lowest dosage at which you experience the greatest improvement in symptoms without side effects. The maximum dose is typically 70mg daily.

Vyvanse capsules are available in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, 60mg and 70mg dosages. Chewable tablets are available in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, and 60mg dosages. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medicine in the body throughout the day.

As with all medications, follow your Vyvanse prescription instructions exactly. Vyvanse is taken orally, with or without food, once daily. The first dose is typically taken first thing in the morning; it should be taken at the same time each day for the best results.

Capsules should be swallowed whole with water or other liquids. If your child is unable to swallow the capsule, it can be opened and stirred into yogurt, water, or orange juice. Taken this way, the mixture should be swallowed entirely at once. Chewable tablets should be completely chewed before swallowing, then followed with a glass of water or other liquid.

During treatment, your doctor may periodically ask you to stop taking your Vyvanse so that he or she can monitor ADHD symptoms; check vital statistics including blood, heart, and blood pressure; or evaluate height and weight. If any problems are found, your doctor may recommend discontinuing treatment.

Some patients report developing a tolerance to Vyvanse after long-term use. If you notice that your dosage is no longer controlling your symptoms, talk to your doctor to plan a course of action.

What Side Effects Are Associated with Vyvanse?

The most common side effects associated with Vyvanse are as follows:

When treating ADHD: anxiety, decreased appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, trouble sleeping, upper stomach pain, vomiting, and weight loss.

When treating Binge Eating Disorder: dry mouth, trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, increased heart rate, constipation, feeling jittery, anxiety.

Another serious side effect is slowed growth in children.

Taking Vyvanse may impair your or your teenager’s ability to drive, operate machinery, or perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This side effect usually wears off with time. If side effects are bothersome, or do not go away, talk to your doctor. Most people taking this medication do not experience any of these side effects.

Report to your doctor any heart-related problems or a family history of heart and blood pressure problems.

Patients with structural cardiac abnormalities and other serious heart problems have experienced sudden death, stroke, heart attack, and increased blood pressure while taking Vyvanse. Stimulants can increase blood pressure and heart rate.

Physicians should monitor these vital signs closely during treatment. Call your doctor immediately if you or your child experiences warning signs such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.

Disclose to your physician all mental health issues including any family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. The FDA manufacturer recommends evaluating patients for bipolar disorder prior to stimulant administration.

Vyvanse may create new or exacerbate existing behavior problems, or bipolar illness. It can cause psychotic or manic symptoms in children and teenagers.

Call your doctor immediately if you or your child experiences new or worsening mental health symptoms including hallucinations or sudden suspicions.

Discuss circulation problems with your doctor before taking Vyvanse, which has been known to cause numbness, coolness, or pain in fingers or toes, including Raynaud’s phenomenon. Report to your doctor any new blood-flow problems, pain, skin color changes, or sensitivities to temperature while taking Vyvanse.

Stimulants Vyvanse have a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among people who do not have ADHD.

It is a “Schedule II Stimulant,” a designation that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses for drugs with a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule II drugs include Dexedrine, Ritalin, and cocaine.

People with a history of drug abuse should use caution when trying this medication. Taking the medication exactly as prescribed can reduce potential for abuse.

The above is not a complete list of potential side effects. If you notice any health changes not listed above, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

What Precautions Are Associated with Vyvanse?

Store Vyvanse in a secure place the reach of children, and at room temperature. Do not share your Vyvanse prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause harm.

You should not take Vyvanse if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Vyavanse, or if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within 14 days.

If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, discuss the use of Vyvanse with your doctor. It is not known if it can cause fetal harm. Vyvanse is passed through breastmilk, so it is recommended that mothers do not nurse while taking it.

The safety of Vyvanse for children under age six has not been established.

What Interactions Are Associated with Vyvanse?

Before taking Vyvanse, discuss all other active prescription medications with your doctor. Vyvanse can have a dangerous, possibly fatal, interaction with antidepressants including MAOIs.

Vyvanse is similar to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. You should avoid taking these medications concurrently with Vyvanse.

Share a list of all vitamin or herbal supplements, and prescription and non-prescription medications you take with the pharmacist when you fill your prescription, and let all doctors and physicians know you are taking Vyvanse before having any surgery or laboratory tests. Vyvanse can cause false steroid results.

The above is not a complete list of all possible drug interactions.

Sources:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=704e4378-ca83-445c-8b45-3cfa51c1ecad
http://www.vyvanse.com/

More Information on Vyvanse and Other ADHD Medications:

Free Download: The Complete Guide to ADHD Medications
5 Rules for Treating Children with Stimulant Medications
Primer: The Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

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