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- Is lisdexamfetamine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for lisdexamfetamine?
- What are the uses for lisdexamfetamine?
- What are the side effects of lisdexamfetamine?
- What is the dosage for lisdexamfetamine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with lisdexamfetamine?
- Is lisdexamfetamine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about lisdexamfetamine?
What are the uses for lisdexamfetamine?
What are the side effects of lisdexamfetamine?
Common side effects of Vyvanse include:
- upper abdominal pain,
- dry mouth,
- weight loss,
- trouble sleeping,
- decreased appetite, and
Other important side effects of Vyvanse include:
- blurred vision,
- growth retardation in children, and
- seizures in patients with a history of seizures.
Increased blood pressure, sudden death in patients with heart problems, strokes, and heart attacks have been associated with Vyvanse. Patients may experience new or worsening of psychiatric symptoms (for example, manic episodes, hearing voices, hallucinations) or worsening of aggressive behavior or hostility.
Vyvanse like other amphetamines may be abused. Amphetamines have been associated with tolerance, psychological dependence, and social disability. Stopping amphetamines suddenly may cause a withdrawal syndrome that includes extreme fatigue and mental depression. Therefore, there use should be discontinued by slowly reducing the dose.
Priapism defined as painful and nonpainful penile erection lasting more than 4 hours, have been reported in pediatric and adult patients treated with stimulants. The erection usually resolves when the drug is stopped. Prompt medical attention is required in the event of suspected priapism.
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What is the dosage for lisdexamfetamine?
- The recommended starting dose of Vyvanse for treating ADHD in adults is 30 mg and for pediatric patients ages (6-12) it is 20 to 30 mg once daily in the morning. Doses may be increased by 10-20 mg/day at weekly intervals. The maximum dose is 70 mg daily.
- The recommended dose for treating binge eating in adult is 50 to 70 mg daily. The starting dose is 30 mg/day and the dose is gradually increased by 20 mg at weekly intervals to reach the recommended daily dose.
Which drugs or supplements interact with lisdexamfetamine?
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOIs) antidepressants such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), selegiline (Eldepryl) and procarbazine (Matulane), slow the elimination of amphetamines in the body. This increases the concentration of amphetamines and their effect. This can cause serious elevations in blood pressure (hypertensive crisis) with headaches, other signs of hypertensive crisis, and even fatal reactions. Vyvanse should not be administered until 14 days after MAOIs have been discontinued in order to allow the effects of the MAOIs to dissipate.
- Amphetamines increase the effect of norepinephrine. Combining both drugs may lead to serious cardiovascular toxicity.
Is lisdexamfetamine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about lisdexamfetamine?
What preparations of lisdexamfetamine are available?
Capsules: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 mg
How should I keep lisdexamfetamine stored?
Vyvanse should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F), and protected from light.
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
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Stimulants for ADHD
Stimulants are compounds (caffeine, nicotine, cocaine) or medications that stimulate the CNS or central nervous system. Stimulants increase blood pressure, mental alertness, energy, and heart rate. Approved medical uses for stimulants include:
- ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Transient resistant depression
Stimulants can be highly addictive so they are no longer recommended for treating nervous system disorders and asthma.
Examples of stimulants prescribed to treat ADHD in adults or children include:
- Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
- Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
- ProCentra (dextroamphetamine)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate)
- Concerta (methylphenidate)
- Daytrana (methylphenidate)
- Metadate (methylphenidate)
- Methylin (methylphenidate)
- Quillivant XR (methylphenidate)
- Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate)
Drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
vyvanse vs stratteraVyvanse and Strattera are both used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) however, is a prodrug form of amphetamine and therefore has some of the same addiction problems of other ADHD drugs. Strattera (atomoxetine) however, is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), which is not addictive - its main advantage. Read about dosage, side effects and pregnancy safety information.
vyvanse_vs_adderallVyvanse and Adderall are in the same family of drugs. Adderall is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy. Vyvanse is approved to treat ADHD and severe binge eating disorder. Side effects, drug interactions, warnings and precautions, and patient safety information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.