Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.

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ADHD in Adults 101

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable, neurobehavioral disorder found in kids, teens, and adults. As you get older, ADHD symptoms may look different. However, ADHD may still impact you in different settings (at home, at work, or at school, and in social situations).

More About the Symptoms of ADHD

There are three core symptoms of ADHD: inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While anyone can feel inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive sometimes, people who have been diagnosed with ADHD must have experienced a certain number of these symptoms for at least 6 months in two or more settings (like home, school, or work). Symptoms must also have been present before the age of 12 and not be due to another mental disorder. To learn about all the symptoms of ADHD and how they may appear in children and adults, check out the full symptom list.

The information in this site was created to help you understand more about ADHD so you can have a more informed conversation with your doctor. Remember, only a doctor or other trained health care professional can diagnose ADHD.

The 3 core symptoms of ADHD – 1) Inattention, 2) Impulsivity, 3) Hyperactivity
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Where Do I Start?

Curious about ADHD? Or have you received an ADHD diagnosis? Either way it is important to talk to your doctor.  Visit Getting Started to find helpful information and plan for your visit to the doctor by reviewing the ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide

ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide
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Is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Right for You?

If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, or if you are concerned about ADHD, talk to your doctor. Only a doctor or trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.

Vyvanse (pronounced Vi’-văns) is a once-daily prescription medication approved for the treatment of ADHD in patients 6 and above. Vyvanse may help provide improved attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in adults with ADHD. Your doctor may prescribe Vyvanse as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.  Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.

Vyvanse may help provide improved attention in adults with ADHD

Who should not take Vyvanse?

Do not take Vyvanse if you are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or MAOI, or are sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medications.

Concerned about side effects? Learn more

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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

WHAT IS VYVANSE?

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.