Prescription onlyClass: Mental health

Vyvanse

(lisdexamfetamine)

Prescription onlyClass: Mental health
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5.03Vyvanse

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.

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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.
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.
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 30mg capsules
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$285.21
  • Retail price
    324.10
  • Savings
    12%
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.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill

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

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Side effect rates for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)

420 From clinical trials of Vyvanse / 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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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
Food
  • Gives me poor sirculation and not a huge appetite but if you eat a big breakfast you'll have your normal appetite throughout the day.
  • Only take in the morning with food, otherwise it can make you feel jittery. With food, the effects are less intense and last longer.
  • Take 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.
Sleep
  • May interfere with deep sleep. Mild gastrointestinal upset.
  • I 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
Weight
  • My 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.