What is Vyvanse?

 

Vyvanse is the brand name medication for the central nervous system stimulant lisdexamfetamine. This medication works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old. Patients taking Vyvanse are receiving it in combination with a treatment program that may include psychological, educational, and social therapy.

Important Information about Vyvanse

Vyvanse may be habit forming. Patients taking Vyvanse should receive regular examinations to ensure they they have not developed a tolerance and dependency to the medication. Prolonged use of Vyvanse will result in withdrawal syndrome when discontinuing its use. To avoid the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal patients are advised to undergo dosage reduction therapy threw their prescribing Doctor.

Do not share Vyvanse with others, keep in a safe place. Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant that is often sought out be drug abusers for its ability to increase concentration and energy. The intentional misuse of Vyvanse can result in patients developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Vyvanse Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Vyvanse there are often side effects associated with its use. Some side effects are more severe than others, requiring immediate medical attention. While not vary common, patients may experience uncontrolled vocal outbursts and/or tics (uncontrolled repeated body movements) which should be brought to the Doctors attention immediately. Most commonly patients will experience mild side effects, these will not require medical attention but should be brought up at the recheck examination. These side effects include;

  • Decreased appetite
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sleeplessness
  • unable to sleep
  • upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • weight decreased

Seek emergency help if you experience any of the following symptoms of overdose;

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • blurred vision
  • change in consciousness
  • confusion
  • dark-colored urine
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fast breathing
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • nervousness
  • overactive reflexes
  • panic states
  • physical attempt to injure yourself
  • pounding in the ears
  • restlessness
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • seizures
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • violent actions

 

Vyvanse Uses

Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old. Patients taking Vyvanse are receiving it in combination with a treatment program that may include psychological, educational, and social therapy. This medication works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

This medication is commonly sought out by drug abusers. Vyvanse, along with other ADHD medications, are commonly known as study drugs amongst college students. These young people take Vyvanse to increase their consitration and energy levels, allowing them to stay up throughout the night to study before examinations. Regular use of this medication may result in the individual developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Vyvanse Dosage and Directions

Vyvanse should be taken exactly as prescribed. Do not increase or decrease doses, or take this medication longer than prescribed without speaking to your Doctor first.

Vyvanse should be taken in the morning with or without food. Vyvanse capsules can be swallowed whole or broken, emptied and mixed into a glass of water and then drank.

The The recommended starting dose of Vyvanse is 30 mg once daily for patients 6 years and older. Dosage may be adjusted in increments of 10 mg or 20 mg at approximately weekly intervals up to maximum dose of 70 mg/day. The maintenance dose of Vyvanse will be determined according to the patients therapeutic needs.