Vyvanse, also known as lisdexamfetamine, is a central nervous system medication that influences chemicals found in the brain and nerves, so to work on hyperactivity and impulse control. Here are some of the uses of Lisdexamfetamine. This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which occurs in adults and children who are at least 6 years of age. In addition, it is also used to treat critical and moderate eating disorders in adults. However, this medicine is not to be used for weight loss or obesity. Other uses of Vyvanse include increasing the ability to pay attention, stay focused and stop fidgeting. The prescription of this medicine is known to work by restoring the balance of neuro transmitters in the brain.
How to Use Vyvanse
A patient is required to take Vyvanse exactly as prescribed by the medical practitioner and ensure that you follow all the directions on the prescription label. This medication cannot be taken in larger or smaller amounts than recommended and also your doctor may ask you to change your dose so that you can get the best results out of it. Vyvanse can be taken in, in the morning whether you have taken food or not. It is not advisable to take this medicine in the evening because it can cause insomnia.
How Does It Work?
Swallow the capsule whole and ensure that you do not chew, break or divide a capsule. You can make swallowing easier (if you have trouble swallowing capsules) by opening the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a glass of water or even mix it with yogurt, then drink or eat the mixture immediately and completely as the medicine dissolves. Ensure that your doctor checks on your progress regularly especially the heart rate and blood pressure. Store the medicine away from moisture, heat and light at constant room temperature. Do not fail to throw away expired or unused Vyvanse after you deposit it in a bag or sealed container.
The dosage of lisdexamfetamine totally depends on your medical condition and your reaction to treatment. A doctor may adjust your dose in order to find the ideal dose for you. For it to effectively work, you have to take it regularly. While taking this medication, your doctor may advice you to stop the medication for a short while so as to know if the medication is working and stop it if it is no longer needed.
If you happen to skip a dose, ensure you take it as soon as you remember but do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose because it could result into an overdose. The average dosage of vyvanse is usually 30mg taken orally once a day, i.e. in the morning. This dose may later be increased by either 10mg or 20mg once a week until it gets to a maximum daily dosage of 70mg.
Vyvanse may cause withdrawal reactions particularly if it is taken regularly for long periods and in high dosage. If this occurs, withdrawal symptoms such as mood changes, sleep problems, severe tiredness, dizziness and feeling irritable, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss and a dry mouth will be experienced. The medication may also cause addiction especially if you have a past of frequently using drugs and alcohol. For this reason, you should take the medication exactly as prescribed.
Vyvanse can also cause adverse side effects therefore, if you experience the following signs, you should call your doctor at once:
- Painful penis erection that lasts for more than four hours.
- Skin color change, unexplained wounds on the skin, numbness or pain on the skin.
- Unexplained muscle pain and weakness.
- Behavioral changes such as paranoia, confusion, hallucination and unusual thoughts.
- Uneven heart rate, chest pain and shortness of breath.
Vyvanse Vs Adderall
Due to the increasing amount of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, many people are now using pharmaceutical psycho stimulant medications to reduce the symptoms. In the years past, Adderall was one of the most popular options for the treatment of ADHD. This has not changed much over the years and this makes the medicine the first option to try for anyone seeking help for their attentional deficit disorder. This is also the less expensive option, but not everyone responds well to Adderall. However, with the introduction of Vyvanse, many people have jumped ship and have opted for Vyvanse over Adderall. Its a personal choice and your quality of life. What makes you feel better? Also, many insurance companies will have step-therapy recommendations and usually Adderall is tried first, then the more expensive “new” drug.
Even though Vyvanse has not been satisfied for the treatment of narcolepsy, it was tested and approved for treatment of bring eating disorder. This disorder cannot be treated by Adderall because it has not been tested and approved.