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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 20 year old college student who was working full time when I started taking this medicine, Vyvanse. At the time when I was first given this medicine I was about 140lbs and I'm 5'7". And after about 4 months of taking the Vyvanse I weighed anywhere between 115-120lbs. Not good! The medicine made me totally not eat and run around like I was on drugs and couldn't sit still. I became so skinny I could see all of my ribs. I also felt like I had lost all emotions and the relationship with my parents were harmed because of this. I think part of the problem was the doctor just upping my dose whenever he felt like it and not being very responsible. But I just want to warn anyone who is thinking about taking Vyvanse to be careful and have a doctor who cares.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: The only bad thing is it acts like a diet pill, so I hardly eat. It seems to make me act like an efficient robot, so I always have to be doiing something productive, without showing emotion or change in facial expression.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: Works better than Concerta for ADHD-IA for attentiveness as well as alertness. Far superior to Concerta in regards to affecting sleep. Vyvanse doesn't keep you awake. Also seems to contrast greatly to Concerta's method of dealing with attentiveness. Makes a less "zombie-like" state of concentration and lets you break task when needed. An added effect is that of a more positive sense of well-being; most likely attributed to its amphetamine-based nature.
The greatest advantage is the delayed release into the body. Great for those whose metabolisms don't react well to Adderall XR or Concerta. Only wished it lasted about two hours longer in the body, but adapting dose time is acceptable.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm a 18 year old college freshman and started taking Vyvanse 10 months ago when I had finally gotten medicated for my severe ADD. It has significantly changed my life for the better. For as long as I can remember, my teachers always told my parents that I was very bright but I just would not "apply" myself but after taking Vyvanse my grades have skyrocketed. I can finally pay attention in class and actually absorb the information. I feel energized, motivated, and more organized to do things. My days will be filled with productivity and I feel like it boosts my mood in general. My side effects include a slight anxiety because I feel like I should ALWAYS be doing something productive so sometimes its hard for me to relax.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My daughter is 8 and has tried other medicines for ADHD. I did not like them because of the side effects, she was like a zombie. With the Vyvanse, I don't notice a major change in her personality. AND, she is focusing better in school. Much better grades. I love this medicine because she still acts like MY DAUGHTER and not some alien.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm 51-years old and was skeptical regarding ADD or ADHD. A counselor urged me to get tested. I agreed to do it because all I wanted was help. I no longer cared what the answer was for whatever was wrong. I only cared if it worked. So, I did the test and was told I was "off the charts" the highest scores they had seen in years of testing. Today I take 120-150 mgs of Vyvanse daily and it makes a difference. Nonetheless, even though Vyvanse has been very helpful, I still doubted whether ADHD was "real." I couldn't understand why the medicine was so highly regulated. How could anyone get addicted to this stuff I thought? Then I realized people like me don't get high from drugs like this and that's one reason I know it's working and ADHD is real.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I've been on and off Adderall XR for a couple years and I've always hated that 'crash' when the medicine starts wearing off. Vyvanse doesn't have that crash and it lasts a lot longer than Adderall. It's the best medicine I've been on so far.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 27 y.o. male. My doctor started me on a Focalin XR 20 mg regimen a month ago to treat my ADD and hopefully control my anxiety at the same time. I loved the Focalin for the first week or so that I was on. I could immediately tell a huge difference in my mood, concentration, focus and general outlook on life. My anxiety was decreased tremendously as well. As the month went on I started to notice that the Focalin was very hot and cold. Some days I would feel on top of the world and other days it didn't seem to work at all. My irritability increased too, so my doctor has switched me to Vyvanse 40 mg. This is my first day on it and no complaints so far.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: This medication has done wonders for my son. He's been on it now for about 2years, and it really helps him concentrate in school and at home. Last year he brought home a's and b's and hes 9 years old! I am so proud of him!
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am a 23 year old female. My entire life I have tested highly, been in advanced classes, had a full scholarship through college, but my grades were always a struggle. I felt like I had to work so much harder than everyone else just to keep my B grades. I was disorganized, forgetful, irritable, and pretty desolate. I felt like I was drowning.
I have taken medication for depression and anxiety since I was in high school - everything from Wellbutrin, to Xanax, to Prozac. I graduated from college in four years with a mediocre GPA, but with many awards. Finally my new doctor actually listened when I spoke, and she agreed that we try a course of medication for ADHD. I am on my second week of Vyvanse and am a new, happy, functioning person.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm 16 years old, and I've just recently started taking Vyvanse. I just started taking a new pill for my depression. Zoloft, which started helping. But I could notice a HUGE difference with Vyvanse right away. I am much more talkative, been in a better mood, less lazy, and I actually don't mind cleaning my room every now and then. I used to fight with my boyfriend all the time about things, which I now realize should have been no big deal at all. But now, things have changed. I'm excited for school, even because I want to see if Vyvanse will help me bring up my grades and concentrate better, instead of falling asleep in class. Some side effects I've noticed though is not having an appetite, and talking too much.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: My son started taking this medicine about 9 months ago. His grades went from C's and D's to A's and B's. He is able to focus and concetrate. He isn't a zombie walking around the house. He still has some emotion and can still have fun. I love this medicine because even he can see the diffence it has made in his life.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I started using this medication about 4 months ago. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 5 years old. The only annoying thing about this medication is that it keeps my mouth extremely dry. I found that using hard candies (regular or sugar free) helps a lot. Vyvanse has helped me a lot, especially with my concentration. I can actually read a book without having to read the same page 3 times, but the only thing is that it feels like my blood pressure goes up, I also have tachycardia.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I started Vyvanse at 15 after a 2 year run on Concerta which I hated. When I started Vyvanse I was 5'8 150lbs. I started on the 30 mg dose and within a year was down to 132 pounds. The medicine works like a charm but makes it near impossible for me to eat.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I'm a 20 year old college student and have been taking Vyvanse for about 6 months now. Honestly, I love this medication, as it has helped me in almost every aspect of life. My grades as well as my confidence in social situations are better than ever. The only slightly annoying side effect that hasn't gone away is that I find my mouth sometimes getting extremely dry. Sometimes I'll notice that my breath smells funny as a result, and I find myself going through a lot of gum and breath mints, and even brushing my teeth randomly throughout the day. Overall though, Vyvanse has been a miracle for me.
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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've been using Vyvanse to treat my ADHD for about a month now and I have to say, I could feel the positive effects pretty much instantly. I've accomplished more in a month with this medicine than I had in a year prior to using it. The one issue I did encounter was an increase to my already existent problem with insomnia but having started taking Trazodone has counteracted this issue. It should be noted that not everyone has the same reaction to any given drug but as for me, nothing I've tried in the past has been NEAR as effective. A
(Note: In comparison to other drugs I've tried similar to Vyvanse I've found that it gives me the benefits I need without the overwhelming tweaked out feeling that others caused for me)
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I am 55 years old and was diagnosed with ADD only last year. I changed from Adderall XR to Vyvanse and after 3 weeks, I am having anxiety and total lack of focus. It seems to make me more agitated and more easily distracted. There is definitely not a "focus" benefit for me on this drug.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: When I started receiving calls from my kindergarteners teacher at least once a week, I couldn't believe it. But after several months of struggling through the seemingly easiest of tasks I decided to take my daughter to counseling. Her counselor and psychiatrist took all of the right steps to diagnose her ADHD, and after 6 weeks of holding on to the prescription, I gave in and started administering the 20mg of Vyvanse. My daughter made a complete turn-around! Happy in the morning, soaring at school, and even sleeping well at night! In a month after starting Vyvanse, she was awarded "student of the month", by the end of school she was "most improved student of the year". My only concern is that she already needs the 30mg dose.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for Narcolepsy: I was constantly struggling to stay awake (sometimes when driving too) and I'm pretty sure I almost lost my new job (started in 02/2009) before training ended. I'm also sure that they doubted I'd be very effective on the phones after training. Also, at the end of training, we had to make an 85% on the final exam to continue to be employed there and I'm sure they thought I would fail. Right before the exam, I quit taking Lyrica, which decreased the severity of the sleep narcolepsy, but didn't eliminate it. Vyvanse has greatly improved my effectiveness at work and I even got a promotion less than 3 weeks after I began taking it! I've had basically no side effects and now with not having to fight to stay awake, Vyvanse relieves a lot of stress and anxiety!
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD: I started Vyvanse about 5 months ago. My doctor first had me on Focalin which helped, but didn't seem to get me all the way there. Since I have generalized anxiety disorder he started with Focalin. He said Focalin was a gentler medication. After about 2 weeks he started Vyvanse at 20mg. I really started to like the medication: more focus, motivation. I have worked my way up to 50mg. After a couple of weeks on each dose, the medication doesn't last the whole 12 hours. I do really like the medication. I just hope that I don't have to keep going up with the dosage.
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