Vyvanse is a prescription medication that treats Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and above, and moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in adults. In other words, it is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Vyvanse works by altering the balance of chemicals in your brain and increasing norepinephrine and dopamine levels. Norepinephrine is a stimulant and dopamine is a naturally occurring substance that affects pleasure and reward
Vyvanse or Lisdexamfetamine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, social, and other treatments.
It may help to increase the ability to pay attention, stay focused, and stop fidgeting.
Lisdexamfetamine may also be used to treat binge eating disorder (BED).
It may help to reduce the number of binge eating days.
Along with its needed effects, lisdexamfetamine (the active ingredient contained in Vyvanse) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Common side effects
Irritability or feeling jittery
Loss of appetite
Upper stomach pain
While is not approved for weight loss, the use of Vyvanse for moderate-to-severe BED can lead to weight loss.
Rare side effects
Breathing difficulties or fast breathing
Increased heart rate
Severe mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations, delusion, paranoia and panic attacks)
A number of health effects which range from unpleasant to severe may be seen in cases of Vyvanse overdose. A Vyvanse overdose may lead to cardiac events as well as sudden death. Signs and symptoms of an overdose may also include:
mber of health effects—which range from unpleasant to severe—may be seen in cases of Vyvanse overdose. A Vyvanse overdose may lead to cardiac events as well as sudden death. Signs and symptoms of an overdose may also include:
– Uncontrollable shaking.
– Seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations).
– Feelings of panic.
– Aggressive behaviors.
– Nausea and vomiting.
– Confusion and disorientation.
– Severe insomnia.
– Fast heartbeat.
– Heart attack.
● This medicine is not to be used for obesity or weight loss.
● Use of CNS stimulants (amphetamines and methylphenidate-containing products), including lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, have a high potential for abuse and dependence.
● Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are:
– Allergic to it or to other sympathomimetic drugs (such as amphetamine or dextroamphetamine); or if you have any other allergies.
– Also tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood circulation problems, mental problems, personal/family history of mental/mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic disorder, suicidal thoughts),
– Personal or family history of heart problems
– Personal or family history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/ alcohol)
– Personal/family history of uncontrolled muscle movements
● If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember in the morning hours. If it is afternoon or near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.