An in depth look at what Vyvanse is, what it does, and what Vyvanse side effects exist.
What is Vyvanse?
The product known as Vyvanse is a brand name for the drug Lisdexamphetamine. This drug is a psychostimulant, and is intended for treatment of ADHD, or attention deficit disorder, in children six years of age and older, plus adults. In direct contrast with Adderall, which contains 25% levoamphetamine, Vyvanse is a pure formula that reduces side effects in exchange for slightly less effective treatment results in a few people. Vyvanse side effects are also generally considered to be less severe than Adderall.
Vyvanse side effects
Of the different side effects associated with Vyvanse, there are some serious ones, and some less severe ones. You should independently research all of the potential side effects and apply them to your current health situation. You can have your doctor assist you with this, and before prescribing Vyvanse, you will often have to answer a lot of questions pertaining to your health.
Minor side effects
The most common side effect associated with Vyvanse is decreased appetite. Almost forty percent of people who use Vyvanse experience a decreased appetite. Having a lower appetite is not a cause of concern for most people, however if you are already experiencing weight-related issues, you should report your reduced appetite to your doctor to discuss any potential problems you may face.
Another common side effect of Vyvanse is headaches, which occur in nearly a fourth of all people who use the drug. Headaches are almost always not serious, but in case of repeated instances or severe cases, you should report to your doctor and he or she might prescribe you something else.
Nervous system side effects
Of the Vyvanse side effects to the nervous system, the most common is insomnia. Not being able to fall asleep at night has serious consequences, and this particular side effect, which occurs in almost one fifth of all Vyvanse users, should be brought up with your physician if it affects your life in any way at all.
Other nervous system side effects include dizziness, and somnolence. With dizziness, unless it impacts your ability to operate a motor vehicle or perform any important tasks, is not a severe side effect. However, like all nervous system related side effects, it needs to be reported to the prescribing doctor because it could potentially be serious in certain amounts.
Somnolence, on the other hand, is similar to insomnia, but implies a state of near sleep. With somnolence, you suffer from similar effects as insomnia, but they are generally less severe. If you experience this, you can generally decide for yourself if it is impacting your life in a negative way. If it is, you might need to change prescriptions.
Psychiatric side effects
The potential psychiatric side effects of Vyvanse include irritability, and tics. Irritability is an obvious problem, and can seriously strain your social relationships. If you are overly irritable while using this drug, you should consider switching to another type. If you develop tics, or sudden uncontrollable movements, you need to stop taking Vyvanse and see a doctor immediately.
Gastrointestinal side effects
Of the gastrointestinal side effects, only two major ones are any cause for concern. Abdominal pain and vomiting are both serious things that should be reported to your doctor, however if you are experiencing dry mouth or nausea, you can generally handle these on your own. If you have any concerns about even seemingly minor side effects, do not hesitate to do some research or contact a practicing medical professional.
What should I know about Vyvanse?
Like any serious prescription drug, there are tons of warnings and labels you need to be aware of before ingesting the drug. However, on top of that, there is also some general anecdotal information you should know before deciding to use it.
It lasts a long time when compared to similar drugs
Unlike Adderall, in which the duration is around four hourds, Vyvanse lasts almost ten hours! In some cases, the drug’s effects can last up to fourteen hours. This is pretty convenient for some people, such as those with schedules that force then to focus for more than four or five hours.
By taking one dose of Vyvanse, you can effectively combat your ADHD symptoms for an entire work or school day! The tangible benefits of being able to focus for twice the length that Adderall provides is reason enough for most people to switch over, and people who have not used either to prefer Vyvanse.
You can use it every single day
A lot of ADHD medications warn that you should try to stagger usage of the product in order to prevent a tolerance from forming. Due to the nature of the drug, this is understandable, and for many people something they have been doing for a while.
However, with Vyvanse, you do not need to take this precaution. You can take Vyvanse every single day of the week, all month long, and experience little to no diminishing of effect. That effectively means that Vyvanse creates no tolerance, and taking a dose today will have the same results as next year, even if you use it daily.
Vyvanse can transform your life
Because of its long duration and consistent effects, Vyvanse can become a vital part of your every day life. It allows you to constantly remain focused on whatever you are trying to accomplish, and in many cases, you do not even realize you are on the drug.
For many people, after a while of using Vyvanse, it allows them to completely forget about its effects, and instead focus on your life. The dosage has to be right, so it will take some experimentation from your doctor, but if you find the proper dosage, you will barely even realize you are using a prescription drug—you will just be living a better quality life!
It does not use l-amphetamines
Adderall uses both d and l-amphetamines. This l-amphetamine is responsible for the uneasy or weird feeling that many people experience while taking Adderall. Vyvanse, on the other hand, only uses d-amphetamines. This eliminates that weird feeling, and further allows you to focus on what matters, instead of what drug you are taking.
Your diet and exercise routine have no effect on the strength of the drug
With a lot of ADHD drugs, your particular diet can directly affect the strength of the results. This is because of the fact that these drugs do not take effect in your blood stream. With Vyvanse, the vast majority of the drug’s effects happen directly in the blood stream, completely eliminating your diet’s ability to effect the result of the drug. This is convenient for people with special dietary needs, or people who do not necessarily eat right. With other drugs, these people may not experience the full effect of their ADHD medication.
Furthermore, if you are an exercise nut concerned with keeping your body healthy, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Vyvanse has no interaction with rigorous workout routines. A lot of other ADHD medications will be negatively impacted by high intensity workouts, and you would likely ruin the dose’s effect by performing them.
It works fast
Vyvanse takes about one hour to begin working, and is in full effect by the second hour after ingesting. You can start your mornings by taking Vyvanse, and by the time you get ready and show up for work or school, you will already be able to enjoy the positive benefits provided by the drug. This is convenient, because some ADHD medications take a long time to kick in.