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How Lisdexamfetamine Works

As an amphetamine, lisdexamfetamine is a stimulant. However, lisdexamfetamine has effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants (like caffeine) can cause hyperactivity, lisdexamfetamine (when used in the appropriate dosages) has a calming effect. While the exact way lisdexamfetamine produces a calming effect is not known, it is known that lisdexamfetamine affects various chemicals in the brain.

Lisdexamfetamine Use in Young Children

Lisdexamfetamine has not been approved for use in children less than six years of age. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using lisdexamfetamine in young children.

Off-Label Lisdexamfetamine Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend lisdexamfetamine for something other than ADHD. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for lisdexamfetamine.
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