What is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old.
Vyvanse is also used to treat binge eating disorders. Do not use Vyvanse as a treatment for weight loss.
How to take Vyvanse
Vyvanse comes as a capsule to be taken by mouth. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) comes as a capsule to be taken by mouth. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Vyvanse is usually taken once a day in the morning with or without food.
Take Vyvanse at around the same time every day. Do not take Vyvanse in the late afternoon or evening because it may cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and if there is anything you don’t understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain it to you. Vyvanse should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Vyvanse Dosage information
Dosage for Treatment of ADHD
Adults and pediatric patients aged 6 years and older should start with 30 mg once a day in the morning. The Dosage can be increased or decreased in 10 mg or 20 mg increments at around weekly intervals, up to the maximum suggested dose of 70 mg once a day.
Dosage for Treatment of Moderate to Severe BED in Adults
Adults should begin with 30 mg once daily, which should be increased in 20 mg increments at approximately weekly intervals until they reach the suggested target dose of 50 mg to 70 mg once a day. The maximum recommended dosage is 70 mg once daily. If your binge eating does not improve, stop taking Vyvanse.
Vyvanse side effects
Children’s growth may be affected by Vyvanse. If your child is not growing normally while taking this medication, you should tell your doctor.
Some Common Vyvanse side effects may include:
- dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- fast heart rate, feeling jittery;
- dizziness, feeling anxious or irritable; or
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.