How to take Vyvanse

Learn How to Take Vyvanse®

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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.

Flexable administration


With 5 different ways to take your Vyvanse, your doctor is able to help you pick the administration option that’s right for you.

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 the 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)
  • It is normal to see a filmy coating on the inside of the glass or container after you eat or drink all the Vyvanse
  • Take full contents of capsule (do not divide dose)
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 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 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 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 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 help control Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms and manage side effects. The doctor may sometimes stop treatment to see if Vyvanse is still right for you.

Convenient, once-daily Vyvanse dosing

With 7 strengths of Vyvanse capsules and 6 strengths of chewable tablets, your doctor has the option to customize treatment. You should take Vyvanse exactly the way your doctor tells you to take it. The maximum daily dose of Vyvanse is 70 mg.

7 Capsule
Strengths*

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
Strengths

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 you have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the Vyvanse dose.
  • Tell the doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby.
  • Tell the doctor 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.
  • 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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