Compare Vyvanse vs. Desoxyn

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Vyvanse
(lisdexamfetamine)

Desoxyn
(methamphetamine)

Helps you focus and stay alert. Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD and you only have to take it once a day. However, it's only available as brand name drug, so it can be expensive.Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.
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Best available price for 30 (30mg) capsules of lisdexamfetamine
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Best available price for 90 (5mg) tablets of methamphetamine
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5.03Vyvanse
Reviews for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
67%
of people (All ages) say Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is worth it
49%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
491 reviews
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Reviews for Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
84%
+17% better vs. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
79%
+30% better vs. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
11%
+6% better vs. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
Have you used Desoxyn (methamphetamine)?
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Side effects
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Decreased appetite 35%
  • Sleep difficulty 20%
  • Abdominal pain upper 6%
  • Irritability 10%
  • Any side effect 8%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Weight loss 8%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
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We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Desoxyn »
How it works
VyvanseDesoxyn
Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.
Type of medication
VyvanseDesoxyn
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
VyvanseDesoxyn
Risk factors for serious side effects
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of heart problems
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
Detailed Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children
Detailed Desoxyn (methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
No alcohol related info.
Weight
VyvanseDesoxyn
No weight related info.
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
Upsides and benefits
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Usually dosed once a day, so parents don't need to send the medication with their children to school.
  • The capsule can be taken whole, or opened into a glass of water or orange juice, or swallowed in a spoonful of yogurt.
  • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
  • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
Downsides and risks
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Has to be taken in the morning, otherwise it can cause insomnia later that night.
  • Not available as a generic medication, so it can be expensive.
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
  • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
VyvanseDesoxyn
  • Take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
  • Avoid driving the first few days that you take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
  • Store it in a locked area to prevent abuse.
  • It can cause changes in your mood.
  • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
  • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
  • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
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