Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

By on July 17, 2012

Updated on August 23, 2012


Lisdexamfetamine, sold as Vyvanse, is a drug used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attentiondeficit hyperactive disorder.  Lisdexamfetamine is a psychostimulat prodrug, part of the central nervous system stimulant class.  Vyvanse is a longer lasting version of dextroamphetamine, and has less abuse potential than Adderall or Concerta.  Lisdexamfetamine is currently being researched as a possible treatment for major depressive disorder and schizizophrenia. 



Vyvanse was developed by New River Pharmaceuticals, who were bought by Shire Pharmaceuticals shortly before lisdexamphetamine began being marketed.  The drug was approved by the FDA for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactive disorder. 


Vyvanse comes as a capsule, to be taken orally.  You can either swallow the pill whole or dissolve it in a glass of water.  Vyvanse should be taken once a day in the morning or afternoon, with or without food.  Vyvanse should be taken around the same time every day, and may cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. 

Minor Side Effects:

Taken properly, Vyvanse may cause some or all of the following side effects:

-Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep


-Uncontrollable shaking




-Dry mouth

-Stomach pain




-Loss of appetite

-Weight loss




Serious Side Effects:

Even proper dosage of Vyvanse has the potential to cause some of the following serious side effects:

-Fast or pounding heartbeat

-Chest pain

-Shortness of breath


-Slow or difficult speech

-Weakness of arms or legs



-Believing things that aren’t true

-Feeling unusually suspicious of others



-Mood swings

-Frenzied, abnormally excited mood



-Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips or mouth

-Blurred vision

*Lisdexamfetamine may cause sudden death in children and teenagers, especially those with heart conditions. 

Lisdexamfetamine is not covered by most insurnace policies.  If you plan on starting Lisdexamfetamine to manage your or your child's ADHD symptoms, Honest Discounts can help you save 10-70% off the retail price at the pharmacy.  Print your Free Discount Card, download our iPhone App, or download our new Android App, and present it to your pharmacist to save today!  At Honest Discounts, our aim is to help you save.  

Follow these links if you would like to learn more about other ADHD medications, or how to tell if you or your child may have ADHD.


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