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How to Use This Guide

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

  • Gather information for the doctor on your symptoms
  • Think about what you want to ask at the appointment
  • Be fully engaged in the conversation
Download The Doctor Discussion Guide

Use this guide to track your ADHD symptoms to 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, and bring it with you to discuss during your appointment. It may help the doctor understand your current symptoms.

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ADHD Symptom Checklist

This checklist is a tool to let the doctor know what ADHD symptoms you 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 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. Lack of sustained attention

      Ex: has difficulty remaining focused during class, conversations, or lengthy readings
    3. Poor listening

      Ex: mind seems elsewhere, even in the absence of obvious distraction
    4. Not following through on tasks

      Ex: starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily sidetracked
    5. Poor organization

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

      Ex: preparing reports, completing forms, reviewing lengthy papers
    7. Losing things

      Ex: tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile phone
    8. Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli or unrelated thoughts

    9. Forgetful in daily activities

      Ex: returning calls, paying bills, keeping appointments 
  • Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity in the past 6 months

    1. Fidgeting/squirming 

    2. Leaving seat when remaining seated is expected

      Ex: leaves place in the office or other workplace setting or in other situations that require remaining seated 
    3. Excessive running/climbing, or feeling restless

      Ex: in adults, may be limited to feeling restless 
    4. Difficulty with quiet activities

    5. “On the go”

      Ex: is unable to be or uncomfortable being still for an extended time, as in restaurants, meetings, etc; may be experienced by others as being restless and difficult to keep up with
    6. Excessive talking

    7. Blurting out answers

      Ex: completes people’s sentences and “jumps the gun” in conversations, cannot wait for next turn in conversation 
    8. Inability to wait turn

      Ex: while waiting in line
    9. Intrusive

      Ex: butts into conversations, games, or activities; may start using other people’s things without asking or receiving permission; adults may intrude into or take over what others are doing 
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Questions for Your Doctor

Here is a list of questions about ADHD and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) that you may want to ask your 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 for your doctor

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  • Questions about ADHD

    • What is ADHD?
    • How do I know I have ADHD and not something else?
    • How can ADHD symptoms change over time?
    • Do ADHD treatments cure ADHD?
    • What are the most common side effects of ADHD medications?
  • Questions about Vyvanse

    • Is Vyvanse an option?
    • How may Vyvanse help with my 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?
    • Do I need to take Vyvanse every day?
    • Are there times when it’s OK to stop taking it?
    • 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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Tips for Your Appointment

First visit First Visit:

  • Be early.
    Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment to complete paperwork and to review your notes.
  • Be assertive.
    If the doctor, or anyone else, uses terminology you don’t understand, ask questions. Many people worry about asking for additional information or requesting clarification. But be aware that it’s much better to ask questions while you’re there, rather than calling back later and trying to relay messages through an assistant.
  • Write things down.
    Take notes during the appointment or shortly after. Jot down important information or instructions. It’s an easy way to help you remember what you talked about.
  • Keep the door open.
    Let the doctor know how you are responding to any treatment, because everyone responds differently. 

Follow-up visit Follow-Up Visits:

  • If you are experiencing side effects or a lack of symptom control, the doctor may stop the medicine or adjust the dosage. 
  • Share any concerns you may have with the doctor immediately. 
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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 are:

  • taking or have 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.

Serious problems can occur while taking Vyvanse. Tell the doctor:

  • if you or your child have heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. Sudden death has occurred in people with heart problems or defects taking stimulant medicines. Sudden death, stroke and heart attack have happened in adults taking stimulant medicines. Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting Vyvanse. 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 (psychiatric) problems, or a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. New or worse behavior and thought problems or new or worse bipolar illness may occur. New psychotic symptoms (such as seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not true, being suspicious) or new manic symptoms may occur. Call the doctor right away if there are any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems 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 or weight). The doctor should check your child’s height and weight often while on Vyvanse, and may stop treatment if a problem is found.
  • if you or your child have symptoms of serotonin syndrome: agitation, hallucinations, coma, or changes in mental status; problems controlling movements or muscle twitching, stiffness, or tightness; fast heartbeat; sweating or fever; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if symptoms occur. Serotonin syndrome may occur if Vyvanse is taken with certain medicines and may be life-threatening.
  • 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 in ADHD 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 in adults with moderate to severe B.E.D. include:

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

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, 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.