Vyvanse

Generic Name: Lisdexamfetamine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Vyvanse is a medicine used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    Vyvanse is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Vyvanse works by changing the amount of certain chemicals in your brain, thereby improving symptoms of ADHD.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Vyvanse is an important part of a total treatment program for people with ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies. Vyvanse may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in people with ADHD.

    When: Studies show that Vyvanse may start working within 2 hours.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your medicine is working and to check for improvement of your condition.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    Vyvanse is a federally controlled substance because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Vyvanse in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Vyvanse may harm others, and is against the law.

    More common side effects may include: anxiety, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, trouble sleeping, nausea, upper stomach area pain, vomiting.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects; stroke and heart attack in adults; increased blood pressure and heart rate with symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting.

    Mental problems with symptoms such as new or worsening behavior and thought problems, bipolar illness, aggressive behavior, or hostility. Children and teenagers may also begin to hear voices, believe in things that are not true, or become suspicious.

    Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children.

    Seizures, mainly in people with a history of seizures.

    Eyesight changes or blurred vision.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Vyvanse if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Vyvanse if you are taking an antidepressant medication called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (such as phenelzine or selegiline) or have taken any within the past 14 days.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vyvanse. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, mental problems (such as psychosis, mania, bipolar disorder, or depression), or a family history of these conditions; Tourette's syndrome (a brain disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics); liver, kidney, or thyroid problems; seizures; or have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children ≥6 years: The usual starting dose is 30 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose as needed.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Vyvanse exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Vyvanse without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take Vyvanse in the morning. Take it with or without food.

    If you cannot swallow capsules, open the Vyvanse Capsule and dissolve its contents in a glass of water. Drink the entire glass of water right away. Do not store it for later use.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Vyvanse affects you.

    Do not start any new medicine while taking Vyvanse without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Vyvanse is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Vyvanse may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Vyvanse during pregnancy are unknown. Vyvanse can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Vyvanse. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Vyvanse, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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