Vyvanse - What is it?
Vyvanse, or lisdexamfetaminedimesylate is a medication that is available only be prescription. It is used to treat ADHD in adults, teens and children between the ages of six to 12. Since this is a stimulant medication and can potentially be abused, there are specific guidelines to dispensing and prescribing it.
Who Manufactures It?
Vyvanse is made by the company called Shire US.
Vyvanse - How it Works
Lisdexamfetamine is the main ingredient of Vyvanse. The body changes it to a chemical called dextromphetamine, which is a stimulant. Even though dextramphetamine is a stimulant, it calms those who have ADHD. Even though common stimulants have the potential to cause people to become hyper, when taken properly Vyvanse has the potential to calm. How exactly this medication works is unclear, but it is known that it works with brain chemicals.
In clinical studies of children between the ages of six to 12 who were given Vyvanse to treat ADHD, it was shown that their symptoms greatly improved, as opposed to those who were not given this medication. Although taken only once daily at the start of the day, it was found that the improvements were long lasting and maintained until about 6 pm in most cases. Results with studies on adults and teens produced similar findings.
Potential Side Effects
As is the case with all medications, it is possible to experience side effects while taking Vyvanse. Not all who take this medication will notice side effects and most find that they tolerate it well. If there are side effects, they are most often minor and usually require no treatment at all. There is the potential for less commonly reported serious side effects.
Most commonly reported side effects are: Dry mouth, Decrease in appetite, Pain in the stomach, Sleeplessness, Irritability, Headaches.
Potential Interactions with other medications
Vyvanse has the potential to interact with other medications (visit Vyvanse drug interactions to learn more).