Vyvanse

(Lisdexamfetamine)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 491 reviewsforVyvanse
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Helps you focus and stay alert.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about Vyvanse
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Prices and discounts
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  • Price before coupon
    $372.09
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $286.42
  • Savings
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Upsides

  • 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.

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People’s experience with Vyvanse

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Downsides

  • 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.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 40mg capsules
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$286.42
  • Price before coupon
    $372.09
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $286.42
  • Savings
    23%
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Vyvanse
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Vyvanse

491reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Side effect rates for Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

From 420 clinical trials of Vyvanse when taken for adhd
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Dry Mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Any side effect
  • Anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Feeling Jittery
  • Agitation

Risks and Warnings for Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting

    Taking Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) when you've recently stopped taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors within the last two weeks can cause your blood pressure to rise very high. Go to the emergency room or talk to your doctor immediately if you feel dizzy or faint or have a very bad headache.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

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Alcohol
  • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
Food
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 10/15/2016Gives me poor sirculation and not a huge appetite but if you eat a big breakfast you'll have your normal appetite throughout the day.
    18
    Woman
    ADHD
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 11/6/2016Only take in the morning with food, otherwise it can make you feel jittery. With food, the effects are less intense and last longer.
    28
    Man
    ADHD
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 3/27/2017Take it as early as possible and eat breakfast prior. You will forget to eat or when you do eat you can't eat much, if any. Take it early to avoid the sleep issues that may pop up.
    21
    Man
    A few months
    ADHD
Sleep
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 1/20/2017May interfere with deep sleep. Mild gastrointestinal upset.
    47
    Man
    ADHD
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 7/3/2017I miss feeling or feeling tired. Never feel like I get a proper sleep after taking this medication. Also have a very bad "comedown" as the drug is wearing off and if I do not take it the following day
    24
    Woman
    Two years or more
    ADHD
Weight
  • Reviewed Vyvanseon 10/7/2016My 8 year old son is on this for ADHD and he's lost a lot of weight, I'm so upset but it works great for focus.
    46
    Woman
    ADHD