Lisdexamfetamine is licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults, adolescents, and children age 6 to 12 years old. The medication is generally taken once a day in the morning. It is actually a stimulant, but causes a calming effect when used in adequate doses for treating ADHD. Prior to taking this drug, talk to your healthcare provider about your medical history, as well as any other medications you are taking.
What Is Lisdexamfetamine?Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse™) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children age 6 to 12 years old, adolescents, and adults. Because this drug is a stimulant and has the potential to be abused, there are special rules for prescribing it (see Vyvanse: A Controlled Substance).
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Are There Side Effects?
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with lisdexamfetamine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects seen with lisdexamfetamine include:
- Decreased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Insomnia (see Vyvanse and Insomnia)
- Stomach pain (abdominal pain)
(Click Lisdexamfetamine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider. You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: