Vyvanse Uses, Dosage, Side Effects & Warnings

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

The FDA has approved Vyvanse for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old.

The medicine is not to be used for obesity or weight loss. But it is also approved to be used to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorders in adults.

Use of Vyvanse

Vyvanse should only be prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Before you start taking lisdexamfetamine you are to read the medication guide provided by your pharmacist and ask about the drug or your condition if you have any. Il

As prescribed by your doctor, you can either take it with food or without it usually once daily in the morning. It is not advised to take it in the afternoon or evening because it may cause you to have trouble sleeping. Your doctor will decide the dosage best for you based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

If you are taking the chewable tablet, chew the tablet thoroughly and then swallow, rinse your mouth with water afterward. If you are taking the capsule form of this medication, swallow the capsule whole. However, if you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may open the capsule and pour all of its contents (powder) in a glass of water or orange juice or mix it in yogurt. Stir well until the contents dissolve completely. Drink or eat the mixture right away. Do not prepare a supply in advance. It is normal to see a filmy coating on the inside of your glass or container after you drink or eat all of the medicine. Follow your doctor’s instructions strictly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. During treatment, your doctor may occasionally recommend stopping the medication for a short time to see whether there are any changes in your behavior and whether the medication is still needed.

You may have withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using this medication, (they include severe tiredness, sleep problems, mental/mood changes such as depression [1]). To help prevent withdrawal your doctor will gradually lower your dose. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used lisdexamfetamine for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawn. When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if you are not experiencing any improvement in your condition.