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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) and Your Child (6–12)

In kids ages 6 to 12 with ADHD, Vyvanse provided ADHD symptom control. Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.

Clinical Trials

Studies in Kids (Ages 6–12)

In one study in kids ages 6 to 12:

  • When taken at 7AM, Vyvanse provided ADHD symptom control at 8:30 AM.
  • Vyvanse demonstrated ADHD symptom control throughout the day and into the evening — even at 8PM.

Based on Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M. Flynn, and Pelham Deportment Scores (SKAMP-DS).

In another clinical study in kids ages 6 to 12:

  • Parents reported symptom improvement in the morning, in the afternoon, and into the early evening.

‡Based on Conners’ Parent Rating Scale.

Duration of ADHD symptom control has not been studied in teens.

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Who Should Not Take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)?

Your child should not take Vyvanse if he or she:

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

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) may not be right for everyone

Your child should take Vyvanse in the morning exactly as the doctor tells him or her to take it.

Before starting Vyvanse and during treatment, tell your child's doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of), including:

  • Any previous or current abuse of or dependency on alcohol, prescription medicine, or street drugs
  • Heart problems, heart defects, or high blood pressure
  • Mental problems, including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression
  • Circulation problems in fingers and toes
  • If your child has any kidney problems. Your child’s doctor may lower the dose.
  • If your child is pregnant or plans to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm their unborn baby.
  • If your child is breastfeeding or plans to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed while taking Vyvanse. Talk to the doctor about the best way to feed their baby if they take Vyvanse.
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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 are:

  • 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 taking stimulant medicines, and sudden death, stroke and heart attack have happened in adults taking stimulant medicines. 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 or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed while taking Vyvanse. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Vyvanse.

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 adults with moderate to severe BED 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.


  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you or your child are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.