How to take Vyvanse

Binge Eating Disorder patient taking Vyvanse®

Sharon, diagnosed with moderate B.E.D., and treated with Vyvanse

You should take Vyvanse once a day in the morning exactly as the doctor tells you to take it. Vyvanse can be taken with or without food.

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Finding the right Vyvanse dosage

Your doctor will determine the dose that is right for you. In clinical studies, adult patients with moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) began treatment at 30 mg per day, and by week 4 were treated with 50 mg or a maximum dose of 70 mg per day. Your doctor may increase or decrease your dose, or stop your treatment and reassess your needs.

It’s important to work with your doctor to find the dose that is right for you.

Recommended starting dose

Vyvanse® 30 mg Swallowable Capsule

30mg

Target dose range

Vyvanse® 50 mg Swallowable Capsule

50mg

Vyvanse® 70 mg Swallowable Capsule

70mg

maximum daily dose

Capsules shown are not actual size.

Tell your doctor:

  • if you have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the Vyvanse dose.
  • if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • if you 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.
  • 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 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 have any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.
  • if you 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 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.

Vyvanse is a stimulant medicine. Prescription stimulant medications are controlled substances (regulated by the federal government) and need to be handled in a serious manner because they have a high risk of abuse and dependence. That's why it's important to understand the appropriate use of stimulants.

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

VYVANSE can affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VYVANSE works. Using VYVANSE with other medicines can cause serious side effects.

Especially tell your doctor if you take anti-depression medicines including MAOIs.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

Know the medicines that you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Do not start any new medicine while taking VYVANSE without talking to your doctor first.

Learn more about the proper use of stimulant medications.

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