Can anyone tell me the equivalent mg to mg comparison for Adderall and Vyvanse. Which would be better for severe ADHD, 50 mg Adderall or 70 mg Vyvanse?
Short answer: Dosage is very similar. 40mg Vyvanse is basically the same as the EQUIVALENT of 40mg of Adderall.
Let me explain:
I just recently asked my doctor about this. He said that for the most part, the dosing of the two medications is very similar. I switched from 40 mg of Vyvanse (2-20mg capsules at the same time), to 10 mg tablets of Adderall 4 times a day (10mg every 4 hours or so = 40mg total).
Since Vyvanse is formulated for an extended release, it's meant to benefit you for the whole day. This is great for someone who responds to the medication in a way that is intended. However, my issue was finding the right dose. The 40 mg of Vyvanse was seeming to cause me anxiety, while taking one 20 mg was not enough to get me through the day. Also, it seemed to be taking longer and longer to get into my system each day. So about a week ago I switched to the Adderall.
Adderall is a fast and short acting drug. Therefore, you have to take it every 4 hours or so to continue to benefit from it. My doctor's reasoning was that if I have a day with more anxiety, it will be out of my system in a few hours rather than last the entire day. I'm still experimenting with the times I take it and everything, but for the most part it's been good so far. I definitely am feeling less anxious, and I like having more control over how much is in my system at one time.
A couple downfalls for the Adderall is having to carry it with you and remembering to take it. So if someone responded well to the Vyvanse, I would suggest they take that to avoid the hassle.
Overall both drugs have helped me immensely. If you have more questions about my experience with either drug let me know.
But as far as the dose, 50mg of Vyvanse once a day is very similar to 5 [10mg] tablets of Adderall taken throughout the day.
Sorry for the extensive answer... hope some of it helps though!
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