Vyvanse safety information

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When considering Vyvanse as your treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it’s important to understand the potential risks, so talk to your doctor for more information. Check out below to learn more about the safety information of Vyvanse.

Vyvanse® Abuse and Dependence

Abuse and dependence

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.

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®

Who should not take Vyvanse?

You or your child should not take Vyvanse if you or your child:

  • Is taking or has taken within the past 14 days an anti-depressant medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
  • Is sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines

Potential risks and side effects

Vyvanse is a stimulant medicine. The following have been reported with use of stimulant medicines.

See additional safety information below.

Heart-Related problems While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Heart-related problems including:

  • Sudden death in people who have heart problems or heart defects
  • Sudden death, stroke, and heart attack in adults
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate

Tell the doctor about any heart problems, heart defects, and/or high blood pressure, or if you have a family history of these problems. The doctor should check blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment.

Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.

Mental (Psychiatric) Problems While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Mental (psychiatric) problems including:

  • New or worse behavior and thought problems
  • New or worse bipolar illness

Children and teenagers (ages 6-17):

  • New psychotic symptoms such as:
    • Seeing things or hearing voices that are not real
    • Believing things that are not true
    • Being suspicious
  • New manic symptoms

Tell your doctor about any mental problems you have, or if you have a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.

Call the doctor to discuss any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking Vyvanse.

Circulation Problems in Fingers and Toes While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

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.

Tell your doctor if you have numbness, pain, skin color change, or sensitivity to temperature in your fingers or toes.

Call the doctor to report these signs or symptoms or if any unexplained wounds on fingers or toes appear while taking Vyvanse. 

Slowing of Growth in Children While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children

Your child should have his or her height and weight checked often while taking Vyvanse for ADHD. The doctor may stop treatment if a problem is found during these check-ups.

Symptoms of seSotonin sSndrome While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Symptoms of serotonin syndrome, including:

  • 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.

Tell Your Doctor If You're Pregnant, Breast-Feeding, or Plan to Be While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Tell the doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.

Tell Your Doctor If You Have Any Kidneys Problems While Taking Vyvanse® for ADHD

Tell your doctor if you have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower your dose.

Common Side Effects of Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

The most common side effects of Vyvanse reported in ADHD studies were:

  • Anxiety
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Upper stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

These are not all the possible side effects of Vyvanse. Ask the doctor or pharmacist for more information and talk to the doctor about any side effects you or your child may be experiencing.

Please see the Vyvanse Medication Guide for more information. If you or your child are experiencing any side effects while taking Vyvanse, let your doctor know.

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