Vyvanse is a prescription drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. It is also being studied for possible use in treating major depression, eating disorders, excessive daytime sleepiness, and cognitive impairment from schizophrenia. While it is considered less easily abused than other drugs containing amphetamines, the potential is still there. Effects have not been tested in children younger than 6, they should not take Vyvanse. This drug is taken once a day and helps children suffering from ADHD focus better in school and in other activities. It has also proven effective in adults with the disorder.
Like all drugs, Vyvanse has side effects, most of which are mild and do not last long. They include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, irritability, insomnia and increased sweating. Contact your doctor if these symptoms increase or don’t go away. Some side effects are serious. If you or your child experiences any of these, stop taking Vyvanse and call your doctor right away:
- Severe aggression/rage
- Chest pain
- Changes in vision
- Moderate to severe muscle weakness
In rare cases, psychosis may result. If this occurs seek emergency medical help. If hives, swelling of lips or tongue and shortness of breath occur, please seek emergency medical help because these are signs of a serious allergic reaction.
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Vyvanse was developed to be less habit forming than other amphetamine derivatives, but there is still a risk of dependency, especially if the dosage is increased past 100%. That’s why if you tend to forget to take your medicine, you never try to make up for it with a double dose. Instead, skip it and take you normal dose. Do not share your medicine with anyone it has not been prescribed for!