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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I been taking Vyvanse a little over 2 yrs. This is the only medicine I have taken for ADHD. As of this posting I have been off it 3 days. The first 18 months I thought Vyvanse was the best thing sense sliced bread. The last 6 mths have been an emotional roller coaster of side effects. I have spent hours on the floor crying, my social life is none, I didn't talk to anyone but the people at work that I couldn't avoid, my husband wants a divorce and nothing made me happy, I was sad and depressed all the time. Please be careful taking this medicine. I don't think it was meant for long term use or maybe it just affects different people in different ways. After 3 days in bed I'm finally getting back to normal.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I've been taking Vyvanse for about a year now and it has been an interesting trip. At first I couldn't sleep for the life of me and would go days on only a couple hours of sleep that I could get. Then after a couple months I was able to sleep almost like I used to and I noticed that I was more mentally alert and energetic but, my appetite dramatically diminished to almost nothing and still felt like my body wasn't getting enough rest. On top of that, when I would skip a dose I would have EXTREME hunger where I couldn't eat enough and I would have terrible fatigue! After a year everything evened out and began to feel normal other than having no appetite, but I have a healthy food schedule so I don't forget to eat. I would also like to say that I think it should NOT be recommended for children!
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm a 20 year old female who started taking Vyvanse about a year ago. I take two 70s every morning and I still end up feeling exhausted around 9 every night. I'm pretty sure I'm heavily bipolar though and that my family isn't listening to me causing me to frankly, lose my mind. I end up skipping a lot of pills and that seems to help. Those days I feel comfortably idle.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 19 year old college student and just got prescribed Vyvanse about 2 days ago. When I take it I mainly feel relaxed and sometimes excited. I've never been on any stimulant or ADD medication before. My main concern is losing weight on this medicine. I'm about 5'9" and weigh about 135lbs. I eat a lot and I'm still fairly skinny. I've always worried about my weight and the last thing I want is to get skinnier.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm 21 years old and I've been on 40mg Vyvanse for about 5 months give or take. I've been on other medications for ADHD in the past, but they left me feeling edge-y or more anxious.
This medication works much better in terms of even release and feeling normal, and not jittery or like I have a come down when medication wears off.
However, I still struggle trying to find the ideal medication/dosage because my days are long, sometimes from 4am until 10pm at night, and no medication has lasted that long for me.
I used to take Adderall twice daily, so that it would last me the entire day, but that left me feeling terrible. I fear if I up the dosage of Vyvanse to twice daily, I may start getting other side effects as well.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: This is my second day on Vyvanse. I am very excited to try this drug in hopes that this one will work. I have been on Metadate and Strattera both didn't seem to help me at all. The first day I took this I did well at work. I am a server and usually mess up something but no mess-ups that day! Afterwards I cleaned my room, which I have been meaning to do forever, and I saw a movie. I did not talk once. My friends were amazed, as was I. I usually ruin movies by talking over them. I have a good feeling about Vyvanse but I will need more time to really tell if it's right for me. I did have a few outbursts though and afterwards felt silly. I'm not sure if this is a side effect of the drug.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 44 year old woman who just got diagnosed with ADD. Vyvanse is the first medication prescribed to me and I have been on 50mg for about a month. The first 2 days I was hyped up, euphoric, and extremely talkative. After that and now it has actually mellowed me out, I am in a good mood all day for the first time in 30 years (severe chronic depression). I can't believe the difference and wish I would have had something like this years ago. I might've had a better life. I can concentrate and happily socialize now. I have had zero side effects! Amazing.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): Wonderful drug, after being on narcotics for years I had no energy at all. Surgeries and other treatment for most of the pain but could not get energy back until trying Vyvanse. Truly feels as though I am 15 years younger. Has given my life back to me and therefore I can give to my kids again. Ritalin did little for me.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My 6 year old has been on Vyvanse for 3 years. There are times that I have not had any medicines to give him and the teacher says its like a whole other kid. Without him being on Vyvanse I was at the school all the time and my grades were dropping. I did not want him on medicines at first but I am so happy that I decided to. He is still my little Buge and not a hot mess. Such a joy and thanks to Vyvanse I have my son back.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5 and have been on Ritalin and Adderall throughout my entire life since then. I know long time. I was switched to Vyvanse and this is my first day taking it and I like it so far. I wouldn't call it a "miracle drug" for me because I have extreme ADHD but it is a lot smoother than Adderall XR I was taking prior. I also feel more emotionally stable and have more confidence. I also take another 10 mg of Adderall around noon and another 20mg. We will see how this medicine holds up to all this good stuff. I am hoping forever since I will never be able to get off a stimulant medication. But remember, if you have been on stimulants for awhile and do not take them, you will feel EXTREMELY tired and sleep all day.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 14 year old girl and last year when in 8th grade I found out I was ADD. My doctor prescribed me Vyvanse. At first it took me a couple weeks to find out what worked for me (when to take it, eat first or after etc.). My grades at the time were horrible and they went up after I started taking Vyvanse. I have had a few of the side effects (dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss etc.) but this medication helps me focus a lot more.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My 8 year old son has been on this mediation for 1 year and a half. He started at 20mg now he is taking 40mg. I have noticed that it does not seem to work and after trying for 9 months to get him off and on something else I am going to take him to a different doctor. Given the fact that after 9 months it is still not working another doctor would try something different but his Doctor just keeps upping the dosage. I have also noticed side effects that disturb. It worries me because my son is usually happy go lucky all the time and with this medicine he is VERY EASILY upset, not himself at all. SO PLEASE BE AWARE OF EVERYTHING YOUR CHILD DOES OR ACTS WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICATION.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I was diagnosed three years ago with adult ADD (and I'm 46!). First was prescribed Adderall, but I found that even the slow-release capsule wore off quickly, leaving me exhausted and crashing at work, scarfing down cups of coffee. My doctor switched me by Vyvanse, and it's been much, much better. I am better able to focus, it lasts longer. However, it still doesn't get me through the whole day and I find I'm extremely tired at night. Also, sometimes I get caught up in the trivial details of both work and home projects. But on the whole, I am FAR better off since I began Vyvanse. I wish that 70mg was not the highest recommended amount, but I stick to it.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I refused ADD/ADHD medications my entire life until I was 21 years old and doctor finally convinced me to try it. After struggling academically for years and years, now as a college student I am receiving near perfect grades in every course. Before Vyvanse, I thought these medications were a joke, but I now admit that I was wrong.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My 9 year old daughter has been on this for about 2 months. We switched from Adderall XR due to severe weight loss. This seems to work much better and also does not affect her personality like Adderall. She has some loss of appetite but not as bad. Yesterday I forgot to give the medication to her and she had a severe crying spell last night and did not know why. I believe she may have been experiencing withdrawal symptoms. She is taking 40 mg. I may switch back to 30mg. Be aware that you may not be able to stop this medication abruptly if on it for a long time.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I posted a couple of months ago...but wanted to post again since I've been on Vyvanse a little longer and have more to share. I'm a 40 year old woman.This medication has changed my life and I can't say enough positive things about it. My doctor and I were discussing it last night and he said that not everyone has the success that I've had on it...everyone is different. I take 70mg and it does last all day. No bad side effects except I've lost 15lbs, so I must watch that. Also..dry mouth. Otherwise, Vyvanse gets the highest marks with me. For bad PMS..I take Lithium for 7 days prior to start of period..and that keeps the "meanies" away. :)
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm 29 years old and was diagnosed with ADD when I was about 11 years old. Since that time I've been on and off a variety of medications from Ritalin, Adderall, and most recently Vyvanse which I've been on for a year and am currently taking 70mg a day. It helps with my alertness and attentiveness, but I have some of the side effects like extremely dry mouth and little if any appetite. I am currently working during the day and take graduate classes at night and notice that the medication does not last the entire 12 hours, I've been taking it later in the day so that I'm able to concentrate in class. Since I began taking the medication I have seen an increase in acne, previously I had minor occasional breakouts.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My 5 yr old started taking Vyvanse today and had a bad reaction to it while at school, severe itching with a twitch of his shoulder. There was no outside signs of breakout. Tried to contact doctor who prescribed and have received no reply, therefore after talking to pharmacist and school nurse, and health unit care provider, I have decided to stop Vyvanse, 30mg daily, until I receive some reply from his doctor. Then I am going to ask for something else. If it works fine for your children, God bless, but please keep an eye on them for the first 24 hours; allergic reactions do occur, we were just lucky it was not more severe.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I have been taking Vyvanse 4mg for a month and my productivity in my work and school have increased measurably. I have taken several different ADHD medicines through a period of several years, and Vyvanse is by far the most effective. It hasn't caused me any of the side effects caused by most ADHD medicines (paranoia, restlessness, agitation, lack of appetite). Of course these are just my experiences, but I would recommend Vyvanse to others.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm 19 and I started taking 100mg Vyvanse a day when I was 17. Before Vyvanse I took Focalin. I love Vyvanse except for the fact that it doesnt last for the full 12 hours. When I first started on it, my senior year in high school after I had my daughter. I had never felt so confident. I made high honors and was like smart for the first time. I was capable of being focused of what was only going on in the classroom and didn't have to worry about anything besides school. I just really hated when I would crash because then I would get tired and then didn't feel like really doing anything. I do notice side effects but other then that I think it's worth taking.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): My 10yr old son has been on Vyvanse for 1.5yrs. Worked GREAT in the beginning. Grades, handwriting, organization and attitude improved. I worry about long term effects. I just recently noticed a change in his behavior. Getting grouchy, irritable, not focusing & his grades are falling. I give him "breaks" during x-mas vacation & summer. However he has side affects from getting off & getting back on that are scary. He starts hallucinating & wants to hurt himself. Its been 2.5mos since he has been back on after summer break. It just doesn't seem to be working like it did before. I am trying to adjust his dose while working with his Doctor, but I don't like the effects. I would love to take him off for good but know he would struggle even more in school.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): I love this product. It helps me so much, especially now that I'm back in school. It helps me stay focused and not get so distracted anymore. Also it cuts down my appetite, so it helps me lose weight.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I was originally on Concerta for my ADD and got extremely depressed and almost suicidal. I then switched to Adderall which I took for 4 years without many problems, until I developed a tolerance to it and my dose got so high that I was getting a bunch of side effects. I tried Strattera, which I did absolutely nothing and made me really sleepy. Then I switched to Vyvanse which worked about the same as the Adderall but I wasn't as irritable and didn't have the same loss of appetite. However, I did start to develop acne, which I didn't realize until recently was being caused by the Vyvanse. I've also developed a major dependency, if I don't take it, I have trouble doing daily tasks and I'm really tired.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I have been taking this medicine for two weeks now. Most of the side effects have gone away with the exception of the lack of appetite which is not really a bad thing. My life has improved I have been taking 50 mg. I cleaned my car for the first time in 6 months! The only problem is, it does not last for 12 hours, after about 6 hours I start to crash then at 8-9 hours I start to get anxious and OCD. I don't know if I have to increase my dose but am unsure because of heart issues it causes. Pros: Helps with organization, I am excited about things for the first time when I was a teenager. My symptoms went from more external ADD to internal ADD as I became an adult'
Cons: Does not last full 12 hours, can make me moody.
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