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How to Take Vyvanse

Dosing
  • You should take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) once a day in the morning exactly as the doctor tells you to take it.
Taking Vyvanse
  • Vyvanse can be taken with or without food.
  • Vyvanse capsules may be swallowed whole. 
Using Vyvanse Responsibly
  • Store your medicine in a safe place, like a locked cabinet.
  • Do not give Vyvanse to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them. Do not throw away unused Vyvanse in your household trash.

Understanding Safety Information

  • Tell the doctor if you have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the Vyvanse dose.
  • Tell the doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to become pregnant or breast-feed.
  • The doctor may do regular checks of your heart and blood pressure while you are taking Vyvanse.
  • If you take too much Vyvanse, call the doctor or poison control center right away, or get to the nearest hospital emergency room.
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Side Effects

Before getting started on Vyvanse, it's important to know the potential risks of treatments.

Tell the doctor if you:

  • 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 have any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Most common side effects with Vyvanse include anxiety, decreased appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, trouble sleeping, upper stomach pain, vomiting, and weight loss. This is not a complete list of potential side effects. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist and see Important Safety Information.

If you are experiencing any side effects while taking Vyvanse, let the doctor know

If you are experiencing any side effects while taking Vyvanse, let the doctor know.

Finding The Right Dosage

Your doctor will determine the starting Vyvanse dose and when to make adjustments (a process called titration).

It’s important to work with the doctor to find the dose that’s right for you. The recommended starting dose for Vyvanse is 30 mg once daily in the morning. Your doctor may, if needed, periodically increase or decrease it to control ADHD symptoms and manage side effects. The doctor may sometimes stop treatment to see if Vyvanse is still right for you. 

Once-Daily Vyvanse Is Available in 7 Dosage Strengths

With 7 dosage strengths of Vyvanse, the doctor has the flexibility to customize treatment, to provide symptom control and manage side effects. You should take Vyvanse exactly as the doctor tells you to take it.

See additional dosing information above.

7 dosage strengths (10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg, 70 mg) Capsules are not actual size

The amount of powder in a Vyvanse capsule varies by dosage strength.

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Take an Active Role in Your Treatment

When going to the doctor, here are a few suggestions to help you get the most out of your visit.
For the first visit: For ongoing visits:
  • Talk to the doctor about any side effects you experience or changes in symptoms that you notice.
  • Share any concerns you may have immediately with your doctor.
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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.