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How to Use This Guide

The downloadable Doctor Discussion Guide below includes a symptom checklist, questions for your child’s doctor, and tips for your appointment. Use this guide to:

  • Gather information for the doctor on your child’s symptoms
  • Think about what you want to ask at the appointment
  • Engage your child in the conversation
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Use this guide to track your child's ADHD symptoms and help keep the Doctor informed

Start by printing a paper copy of the Doctor Discussion Guide or downloading a digital version to a mobile device — whatever works better for you. Then, before you see the doctor, review each section of the guide, complete the guide’s Symptom Checklist with your child, and bring it with you to discuss during your appointment. It may help the doctor understand your child's current symptoms.

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ADHD Symptom Checklist

This checklist is a tool to let the doctor know what ADHD symptoms your child may be experiencing. For a downloadable version of the ADHD Symptom Checklist, click here.

Please note, this checklist is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can diagnose ADHD.

  • Symptoms of inattention in the past 6 months

    1. Careless mistakes/lack of attention to details

      Ex: overlooks or misses details; work is inaccurate
    2. Has difficulty paying attention

      Ex: has difficulty remaining focused during class, conversations, or lengthy reading
    3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

      Ex: mind seems elsewhere, even in the absence of obvious distraction
    4. Fails to follow through on instructions, schoolwork, or chores

      Ex: starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily sidetracked
    5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

      Ex: messy, disorganized work; poor time management
    6. Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort

      Ex: schoolwork or homework
    7. Loses things

      Ex: school materials, pencils, or books
    8. Easily distracted

    9. Forgetful in daily activities

      Ex: chores
  • Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity in the past 6 months

    1. Fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat

    2. Leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected

      Ex: leaves seat in the classroom or other situations that require remaining seated
    3. Runs or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate

    4. Unable to play quietly

    5. “On the go,” acts as if “driven by a motor”

      Ex: unable to stay still; may be experienced by others as hard to keep up with
    6. Talks excessively

    7. Blurts out answers before questions have been asked

      Ex: completes people’s sentences; can’t wait for turn in conversation
    8. Has difficulty waiting his or her turn

      Ex: while waiting in line
    9. Interrupts or intrudes on others

      Ex: butts into conversations, games, or activities; uses other people’s things without asking or receiving permission
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Questions to Ask Your Child's Doctor

Here is a list of questions about ADHD and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) that you may want to ask your child’s doctor. Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity. Time may be limited with the doctor, so you may want to decide which ones are most important to ask and focus on those.
  • Questions About ADHD

    • What is ADHD?
    • How do I know my child has ADHD and not something else?
    • Will my child eventually grow out of ADHD?
    • How can ADHD symptoms change over time?  
    • Do ADHD treatments cure ADHD?
    • What are the most common side effects of ADHD medications?
    • What are some tips for talking to my child about ADHD? 
  • Questions About Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

    • Is Vyvanse an option for my child?
    • How may Vyvanse help with my child’s ADHD symptoms?
    • Who should not take Vyvanse?
    • What important safety information should I know about Vyvanse?
    • What are common side effects of Vyvanse?
    • What time of day should Vyvanse be taken?
    • Does my child need to take Vyvanse every day? Are there times when it’s OK to stop taking Vyvanse?
    • Can Vyvanse be taken with other medications?
    • How do you know if Vyvanse is working?

    Drug treatment may not be appropriate for all patients with ADHD.

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    Drug treatment may not be appropriate for all patients with ADHD.

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Tips for Your Child's Appointment

Be Early. 
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment to complete paperwork and to review your notes.

Be Assertive.
You know your child, and your child’s doctor knows ADHD. You are your child’s advocate. Make sure you feel your questions have been answered.

Write Things Down.
Take notes during or shortly after the appointment to help you remember what you talked about. Encourage your child to talk about what was discussed during the appointment and compare your recollections. 

Download the Doctor Discussion Guide

Keep the Door Open. 
Let the doctor know how your child is responding to any treatment; everyone responds differently.

Involve Your Child at Every Step of the Process. 
By including your child in conversations with the doctor, you are helping to create a team approach to managing your child’s ADHD.

  • Let your child know what to expect, for example, that a treatment plan for ADHD may include medication.
  • Encourage your child to ask the doctor questions about ADHD symptoms your child may be experiencing and a treatment plan, which may include medication. NOTE: The more your teen (13-17) feels a sense of control over the conversation, the better he or she will feel about taking charge of his or her health, including ADHD. 
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Vyvanse® is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Vyvanse in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Vyvanse may harm others, and is against the law.

Vyvanse is a stimulant medicine. Tell the doctor if you or your child have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

Who should not take Vyvanse?

Do not take Vyvanse if you or your child is:

  • taking or has taken an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days.
  • sensitive or allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines.

Problems that can occur while taking Vyvanse. Tell the doctor:

  • if you or your child have heart problems or heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. This is important because sudden death has occurred in people with heart problems or defects, and sudden death, stroke and heart attack have happened in adults. Since increases in blood pressure and heart rate may occur, the doctor should regularly check these during treatment. Call the doctor right away if you or your child have any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.
  • if you or your child have mental problems, or a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. This is important because new or worsening behavior and thought problems or bipolar illness may occur. New symptoms such as seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not true, being suspicious, or having new manic symptoms may occur. Call the doctor right away if there are any new or worsening mental symptoms during treatment.
  • if you or your child have circulation problems in fingers and toes (peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud’s phenomenon). Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful, sensitive to temperature and/or change color from pale, to blue, to red. Call the doctor right away if any signs of unexplained wounds appear on fingers or toes while taking Vyvanse.
  • if your child is having slowing of growth (height and weight); Vyvanse may cause this serious side effect. Your child should have his or her height and weight checked often while taking Vyvanse. The doctor may stop treatment if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • if you or your child are pregnant, breast-feeding, or plan to become pregnant or breast-feed.

What are possible side effects of Vyvanse?

The most common side effects of Vyvanse reported in ADHD studies include:

    • anxiety
    • decreased appetite
    • diarrhea
    • dizziness
    • dry mouth
    • irritability
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea
    • trouble sleeping
    • upper stomach pain
    • vomiting
    • weight loss

The most common side effects of Vyvanse reported in studies of adults with moderate to severe B.E.D. include:

    • dry mouth
    • trouble sleeping
    • decreased appetite
    • increased heart rate
    • constipation
    • feeling jittery
    • anxiety


Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and above, and for the treatment of moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in adults. Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.

For additional safety information, click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.