Vyvanse is an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication that’s available in a variety of forms and dosages. It contains a chemical called lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, which is converted in the body into dextroamphetamine, an amphetamine-like drug. It increases the activity of certain chemicals in the brain that help control behavior and focus.
It’s important to use Vyvanse as prescribed by your doctor. If your child does not improve with this medication or experiences side effects such as stomach pain, headache, blurred vision, or unusual tiredness, talk to your pediatrician. Your doctor may be able to switch your child to a different ADHD medication with a lower dosage or less severe side effects.
Your doctor will probably start you on the lowest dose of Vyvanse and increase it weekly until you get the desired effect. The maximum daily dose for adults is 70 mg. If you are taking the chewable tablet form of this medication, chew each pill thoroughly before swallowing. You can open the capsule and pour its contents into water, yogurt, or another liquid to help make it easier to take. Use a spoon to break apart any powder that is stuck together. Mix well and drink or eat the mixture right away.
There is no standard dosage by weight for Vyvanse, and your doctor will determine how much to give you based on your condition and other factors. If you have a history of heart problems, blood circulation problems, or mental illness, your doctor may need to monitor your symptoms closely. Call your doctor right away if you experience chest pain, rapid heart rate, a stroke, or signs of psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior).
If you’re pregnant, your doctor should not let you take this medicine. It could cause withdrawal in the newborn. It’s also likely to pass into breast milk and can have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. If this happens, talk to your doctor before breastfeeding.
This medication can interact with a number of other medications, including some that you buy without a prescription at the pharmacy or health food store. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, especially ones that can raise the level of serotonin in your brain (SSRIs, SNRIs, triptans, and MAO inhibitors). Serotonin syndrome is a serious condition that can lead to high fever, stiff muscles, loss of coordination, involuntary muscle jerking, changes in thinking, confusion, and coma.
You should not use this medication if you have a history of seizures, or if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, heart disease, or a family history of sudden death. It may also cause an increase in blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke in some people. This medication can also affect your blood flow and cause numbness or color change in the fingertips and toes.
This medication should be stored in a safe place where children cannot reach it, and used or expired medication should be disposed of as directed. It is illegal to sell or give unused medication to others. 50 mg vyvanse