Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) Cost, Side Effects, Dosage for ADHD in Adults or Children, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) | Sahar Anjomshoaa, PharmD | RxEconsult

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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Cost, Side Effects, Dosage, and Prescribing Information for ADHD and Binge Eating Category: ADHD, Autism, Seizures, by - November 8, 2014 | Views: 49170 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

Interesting Facts about Vyvanse

  • Vyvanse is a stimulant but it is effective in hyperactive individuals.
  • Vyvanse is a schedule II controlled substance, therefore, it can be abused or lead to dependence.
  • Vyvanse is a prodrug of dextroamphetamine.
  • Vyvanse is given once daily.

What are side effects of Vyvanse?

Common side effects of Vyvanse are similar to side effects from other amphetamines and include:

  • anxiety
  • decreased appetite
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • irritability
  • upper abdominal pain

Serious side effects of Vyvanse include:

  • sudden death
  • heart attacks
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • manic episodes
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon 

Effect on weight loss: Average weight loss after 4 weeks of therapy was 2.8 pounds, 3.1 pounds, and 4.3 pounds, for 30 mg, 50 mg, and 70 mg of Vyvanse respectively, compared to an average weight gain of 0.5 pounds for patients receiving placebo. 

What is the dosage of Vyvanse and how is it administered and stored?

Vyvanse is supplied as 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg, and 70 mg capsules. The recommended dose for ADHD is 30 to 70 mg once daily administered in the morning. Start with 30 mg daily and increase by 10 to 20 mg weekly.

The recommended dose for treating binge eating (BED) is 50 to 70 mg daily. Start with 30 mg daily and increase weekly by 20 mg.

Capsules must be swallowed whole and should not be chewed. For individuals with difficulty swallowing, capsules may be opened and dissolved in water.

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