Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)


Lisdexamfetamine is a medication that is commonly marketed as the drug Vyvanse. Vyvanse is used in the treatment and control of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD is a condition that causes the victim to have a hard time focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet. These symptoms are compared to other people at the same age. This medication is commonly used to treat both adults and children. Vyvanse works by changing the amount of natural substances that occur in the brain. Vyvanse is in a class of medication called central nervous system stimulants.

Vyvanse should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor or as written on your prescription. Vyvanse can be habit forming so do not take more than is prescribed in one dose, also, do not take it more often than you need it. If you take too much you may find that the medication no longer controls your symptoms. Your doctor will, most likely, start you on a small dose and gradually increase it over time. This is to ensure the correct dosage for your situation. If you experience side effects your doctor may decrease your dosage.  Your doctor may also have you stop taking Vyvanse periodically to see if your condition still persists.

Vyvanse has caused side effects in some people in clinical studies. These side effects were generally not severe. If you experience any of these side effects and they do not go away or become severe contact your doctor immediately:

  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • sleepiness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • dizziness
  • jitters
  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • fever
  • sweating

If you experience any serious side effects contact your doctor immediately. Serious side effects include:

  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • fainting
  • slow or difficult speech
  • weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
  • seizures
  • hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
  • believing things that are not true
  • feeling unusually suspicious of others
  • aggression
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • frenzied, abnormally excited mood
  • seizures
  • tics
  • hives
  • rash
  • swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips, or mouth
  • blurred vision or other vision problems

Vyvanse may also cause similar side effects to Concerta. Some Concerta side effects include:

  • nervousness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • muscle tightness
  • uncontrollable movement of a part of the body
  • restlessness
  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • decreased sexual desire
  • painful menstruation

If you experience any other side effects while taking Vyvanse contact your doctor for more guidance. If someone who is taking Vyvanse collapses or stops breathing contact 911 immediately.

 


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