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WHAT IS VYVANSE? (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

Vyvanse is a prescription medicine proven to help control ADHD in children and teens (aged 6-17)

Vyvanse may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in children aged 6 to 17 with ADHD. Your child's doctor may prescribe Vyvanse as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

In a study of kids 6-12, Vyvanse helped control ADHD symptoms throughout the day

Individual results may vary.

Icon showing how long Vyvanse®  lasts: Vyvanse® improved attention  1.5 - 13 hours post-dose for  Children.

*Results based on the Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M-Flynn, and Pelham Deportment Scores (SKAMP-D) subscale, a validated classroom assessment tool that measures behavior problems leading to classroom disruptions. It is not a measure of academic performance.

Duration of ADHD symptom control has not been studied in teens (ages 13-17).


Vyvanse helped treat ADHD throughout the day in children (aged 6-12)

In one study of kids (aged 6-12) with ADHD, Vyvanse demonstrated ADHD symptom control for up to 13 hours, starting 1.5 hours after taking it.*

  • When taken at 7 AM, Vyvanse provided ADHD symptom control at 8:30 AM.
  • Vyvanse demonstrated ADHD symptom control throughout the day and into the evening—even at 8 PM.
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How to take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

Your child should take Vyvanse once a day in the morning exactly as the doctor prescribes. Keep in mind, the doctor may change the dose until the right amount is found for your child.

And with flexible administration options, your child's doctor can help you pick the administration option that's right for your child.

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  • Each patient's experience with ADHD is different, and each patient may respond differently to treatment. There is a lot to consider before taking any medication. Vyvanse may not be right for every patient. Have an open and honest conversation with your child's doctor about how your child’s ADHD symptoms are impacting his or her world, and your doctor will decide if Vyvanse should be a part of their treatment plan.

  • As with any medication, proper use is important. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. So, please talk to your child's doctor about this risk or any concerns you have about any medication, including Vyvanse. Keep Vyvanse in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Vyvanse may harm others and is against the law. Read the safety information continued below and download our Proper Use of Prescription Stimulant Medication brochure for more information.

  • Your child’s doctor or healthcare provider can determine the best course of treatment for your child. Make sure you talk with the doctor before stopping or changing the dose of your child’s medication.

  • Only the doctor can determine the proper course of treatment for your child, including when to start or whether to stop Vyvanse. Your child’s doctor may sometimes stop Vyvanse treatment for a while to check his or her ADHD symptoms. Talk to your child’s doctor before stopping Vyvanse.

  • Before starting Vyvanse and during treatment, tell your doctor about all health conditions (or family history of) including:

    • Any previous or current abuse or dependency on alcohol, prescription medicine, or street drugs
    • Heart problems, heart defects, or high blood pressure
    • Mental problems, including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression
    • Circulation problems in fingers and toes
    • Any kidney problems. Your child's doctor may lower the dose
    • If your child is pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant or breastfeed, and about any medications (prescription or non-prescription) that your child is taking
    • And any other information you think might be important for your doctor to know about your child or your family health situation
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Talking with your child's doctor

Information to help prepare you for the conversation with your child's doctor.

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How to take Vyvanse

Learn more about dosing and administration for Vyvanse.