What is Vyvanse?

An Overview

You may be wondering, “what is vyvanse?” Vyvanse is a prescription medicine. Healthcare providers prescribe it to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Takeda, the manufacturer of Vyvanse, recommends it in people 6 and above. In production since 2008, Vyvanse is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD. Healthcare providers also use it for binge eating disorder (BED).

In this article, you will learn: 

  • What is Vyvanse?  
  • What are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED)?
  • How much convincing evidence exists regarding its effectiveness? 
  • Does it have side effects? 
  • What about withdrawal symptoms? 

What Is Vyvanse?

The proper name for Vyvanse is lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, or LDX. It is a CNS stimulant, which is any drug that makes your body or brain work faster. Your provider may opt for a dosage of 10-70 mg capsules. Or, for 10-60 mg chewable  tablets. 

Your CNS consists of your brain and spine. Your brain senses the world around you. Then, it makes decisions about how to respond. It sends nerve signals down your spine. These signals motivate your body to take action. Vyvanse speeds up these processes. 

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Vyvanse primarily treats 2 disorders: 

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Binge eating disorder (BED)

Keep reading below for more information. If you struggle with symptoms of either disorder, Vyvanse may help. Always ask your healthcare provider before trying any new medications.

What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

People with ADHD have a different sort of energy. Symptoms typically begin in childhood, and last into adulthood. Educators, pediatricians, and others who deal with children may notice these symptoms. Those with ADHD tend to experience reveries of daydreaming. They might have trouble concentrating on tasks. Folks with ADHD can appear impulsive. They may make decisions that we perceive as reckless. 

Research indicates 3 primary types of ADHD: 

  • Combined type ADHD
  • ADHD, impulsive/hyperactive type
  • ADHD, inattentive and distractible type

Shows the perceptual side effects of Vyvanse

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

About 3.5% of adult women struggle with binge eating disorder (BED). About 2% of men suffer from it. Those afflicted eat large amounts of food in a short time frame. Often, they will eat to the point of physical pain. Sufferers feel a lack of restraint when eating. After a binge, they usually feel guilt or shame. Over a period of 3 months, if you binge eat at least once a week, you may have binge eating disorder. 

What Evidence Exists for Vyvanse?

We’ve answered “what is Vyvanse.” Now, you might wonder about Vyvanse’s effectiveness. One research study used a sample of 142 adults. All participants aged between 18 and 55. Those who took Vyvanse demonstrated enhanced concentration. The effects of Vyvanse lasted 14 hours. Another study produced similar results in children ages 6-12

Researchers have also tested Vyvanse’s effectiveness in treating binge eating disorder. Their results included 2 study groups. In these studies, Vyvanse reduced a person’s total number of binge eating days. Numbers held over a 12-week period. 

Possible Side Effects

As with any medication, Vyvanse may have side effects. Make note of them. Also, continue to dialogue with your treatment provider. You need to know how Vyvanse might react with any other medications you take. 

This study revealed some of Vyvanse’s side effects. It noted sleeping difficulties and a decrease in hunger. However, another study could not replicate those side effects. It noted no evidence of a decrease in hunger. 

The drug’s official website lists several side effects. Some of them include: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Decreased hunger (as mentioned above)
  • Sleep disturbances 

Vyvanse’s official site also makes note of heart-related side effects. Furthermore, it might aggravate pre-existing mental illnesses. Always consult your treatment provider regarding any side effects. 

Vyvanse Withdrawal Symptoms

Researchers can measure symptoms with a variety of criteria. One criterion is the treatment-emergent adverse event, or TEAE. For example, consider a person who experiences a new symptom. They didn’t have this symptom before they began treatment. This constitutes a TEAE. Also think of a person who had symptoms made worse by treatment. This also becomes a TEAE. 

TEAEs can occur after a person stops treatment. This review of research on Vyvanse showed no significant TEAEs. To put it another way, most people who abruptly stopped taking Vyvanse showed no ill effects. 

That said, remember that Vyvanse is an amphetamine. Those who take amphetamines for long periods of time may develop dependence. In order to function properly, amphetamine-dependent people need their amphetamine. Quitting may cause them to experience amphetamine withdrawal symptoms. 

Amphetamine withdrawal includes symptoms like

  • Dysphoria: an intense dislike of, or dissatisfaction with, life
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Nightmares
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Feeling hungry

Furthermore, quitting amphetamines cold turkey can lead to a depressant crash. During this crash phase, many people report suicidal thoughts. As per usual, consult your treatment provider regarding these symptoms. If your physician has prescribed an amphetamine for you, please follow their directions. Don’t make any changes without first speaking to your treatment provider. 

Is Vyvanse Right For Me?

You wanted to know, “what is Vyvanse?” You also wondered, “what is it used for?” So far, we’ve determined that Vyvanse primarily helps treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It also treats binge eating disorder (BED). We looked closely at each of these disorders and highlighted some of their symptoms. 

Next, we weighed some of the evidence of the drug’s effectiveness. Following that, we perused through side effects. Finally, we discussed the possibility of withdrawal symptoms.

With that information at your disposal, you can more easily determine whether or not you should try Vyvanse. Never take a new medication without first talking with your treatment provider. Make a point to bring up any side effects you experience. Just as importantly, remember that any amphetamine can be habit-forming, even when you use it correctly.

What If I Still Have Questions?

By now, you probably have a working idea of what Vyvanse is. Howeverr, please contact us today if you need more information. If you or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse, we’d love a chance to help.  Our prescription drug treatment programs have proven highly effective in leading many amphetamine users to long-term recovery.