How to take Vyvanse

Learn how your child can take Vyvanse®

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Your child should take Vyvanse once a day in the morning exactly as the doctor tells him or her to take it. And keep in mind, the doctor may change the dose until the right amount is found for your child.

Vyvanse® Flexable Administration

With 5 different ways to take Vyvanse, the doctor is able to pick the administration option that’s right for your child. Vyvanse can be taken with or without food.

Vyvanse® is Chewable

To administer:

  • Chewable tablet must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing
  • Take entire chewable tablet daily (do not divide dose)
Vyvanse® is Mixable

Mix with orange juice, yogurt, or water

To administer:

  • Open capsule and pour all the powder into yogurt, water or orange juice
  • Using a spoon, break apart any powder that is stuck together. Stir the powder with water, orange juice, or yogurt until it is completely mixed together
  • Eat all the yogurt or drink all the water or orange juice right away after it has been mixed (do not store it for later)
  • Take full contents of capsule (do not divide dose)
  • It is normal to see a filmy coating on the inside of the glass or container after your child eats or drinks all the Vyvanse
Vyvanse® is Swallowable

To administer:

  • Swallow whole
  • Take capsule daily (do not divide dose)

Capsules and chewable tablets not shown at actual size.

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Using Vyvanse responsibly

  • Store your child's medicine in a safe place, like a locked cabinet.
  • Do not give Vyvanse to other people, even if they have ADHD. It may harm them and it is against the law. Do not throw away unused Vyvanse in your household trash as it may harm other people or animals. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about a medicine take-back program in your community.

Finding the right Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) dose

Your child’s doctor will determine the starting Vyvanse dose and when to make adjustments (a process called titration). It’s important to work with your doctor to find the dose that’s right for your child.

The recommended starting dose for Vyvanse is 30 mg once daily. The doctor will begin medication at a starting dose and, if needed, periodically increase or decrease it to help control Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms and manage side effects. The doctor may sometimes stop Vyvanse treatment for a while to see if Vyvanse is still right for your child. Your child should take Vyvanse exactly as the doctor tells him or her to take it.

Convenient, once-daily Vyvanse dosing

With 7 strengths of Vyvanse capsules and 6 strengths of chewable tablets, your child’s doctor has the option to customize treatment. Have your child take Vyvanse exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The maximum daily dose of Vyvanse is 70 mg.

7 Capsule

Vyvanse® 10 mg Swallowable Capsule

10 mg

Vyvanse® 20 mg Swallowable Capsule

20 mg

Vyvanse® 30 mg Swallowable Capsule

30 mg

Vyvanse® 40 mg Swallowable Capsule

40 mg

Vyvanse® 50 mg Swallowable Capsule

50 mg

Vyvanse® 60 mg Swallowable Capsule

60 mg

Vyvanse® 70 mg Swallowable Capsule

70 mg

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

6 Chewable

Vyvanse® 10 mg Chewable Tablet

10 mg

Vyvanse® 20 mg Chewable Tablet

20 mg

Vyvanse® 30 mg Chewable Tablet

30 mg

Vyvanse® 40 mg Chewable Tablet

40 mg

Vyvanse® 50 mg Chewable Tablet

50 mg

Vyvanse® 60 mg Chewable Tablet

60 mg

Capsules and chewable tablets shown are not actual size.

Understanding safety information

  • Tell the doctor if your child has any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the Vyvanse dose.
  • Tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or plans to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm the unborn baby.
  • Tell the doctor if your child is breastfeeding or plans to breastfeed. Your child should not breastfeed while taking Vyvanse. Talk to the doctor about the best way to feed your child's baby if your child takes Vyvanse.
  • The doctor may do regular checks of your child's heart and blood pressure while your child is taking Vyvanse.
  • If your child takes too much Vyvanse, call the doctor or poison control center right away, or get your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
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