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What is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse is a brand name used for the medication that contains the drug Lisdexamfetamine. It is used as a treatment for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) in adults. It is considered an alternative to Adderall which is the most famous medication for ADHD treatment. Vyvanse is also used by doctors and dieticians treating different eating disorders. Patients all over the US self-medicate with this medication for cognitive enhancement and weight loss, which is highly discouraged by US Medicus.

This drug was made available in the US market in 2007 and since then it has made its spot among the 100 most prescribed medications. As per an estimate, there are 80-100 million prescriptions of this medication in the US alone. This medication poses a high risk of addiction so it has been categorized as a Schedule II, prescription-only medication. For patient’s safety it is recommended that this drug not be consumed unless prescribed by a doctor.

How To Consume Vyvanse?

Vyvanse is a medication that is to be consumed early in the morning soon after waking up. It is usually prescribed in the form of capsules and chewable tablets. Chewable tablets need to be chewed properly before being ingested, otherwise, the medication might take longer to start working. On the other hand patients, prescribed capsules should swallow them whole. In case they have a problem with capsule they can open them and add the powder inside in a glass of juice drink it. Patients need to avoid using this medication late in the afternoon or in the evening as it may keep them awake through the night. This medication needs to be used on a daily basis when prescribed, missing a dose can bring back the symptoms of ADHD.

What Are Side Effects of Vyvanse?

Side effects of this medication differ from person to person usually depending on age. In children, side effects need to be monitored properly as they can suffer brain damage in some cases of an overdose. Overdose is the most common reason behind the side effects of this medication and we recommend that patients should stick to a single daily dose of this medication. Listed below are some of the side effects that patients need to know about. If there are any other side effects apart from these please consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Vyvanse are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trembling
  • Swelling on body
  • Excessive and rapid weight loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Allergic reaction with rashes or swelling

Precautions for Vyvanse Usage

Medical history is the first thing to be examined before prescribing this medication. Patients who have a history of cardiovascular problems, mental health conditions, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid problems, seizures, strokes, or substance abuse are only prescribed this Vyvanse if the risks outweigh the benefits.

If this medication is being prescribed to children, parents need to keep track of their child’s weight. If there is rapid weight loss parents need to consult a doctor as soon as possible. Pregnant women should avoid this medication as it can cause premature childbirth with the child having low birth weight. Nursing while using this medication needs to be avoided. The medication can get passed to the child through breast milk. Once in the child’s body it can hinder their growth, decreases appetite, and cause withdrawal symptoms.