I suffer from fibromyalgia, CFS, and acute depression and anxiety. I have tried a few small doses of Vyvanse, and to me it's like a miracle drug. I am not depressed, I have enough energy to get through the day, and while the fibromyalgia pain is still ever-present, I am better able to deal with it. Should I ask my doctor for a trial of Vyvanse? I'm just concerned because she's been giving me Klonopin for panic attacks, and I'm afraid she will not believe that the Vyvanse does not exacerbate the anxiety and panic attacks, which it absolutely does not in my case.
Vyvanse acts like other amphetamines by affecting the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine. Some antidepressants also act on these two brain chemicals in a similar fashion. Without going into a chemistry lesson, that is why you may feel better when you take the vyvanse.
While vyvanse is not recommended for people who suffer from severe anxiety or agitation, talk to your doctor about it. You have nothing to lose. All she can say is no.
Have you ever thought about an antidepressant like cymbalta which may help the anxiety, depression and pain, all in one medicine?
Hope this helps,
I had Vyvance prescribed to me for my ADD. It is good medicine but I had some cardiac side effects from it and had to go back on Adderall. I have never known it to be prescribed for depression.
I know this is an old post but I was wondering if you ever were prescribed Vyvanse for depression?
I, like you, suffer from depression and have tried all of the anti-depressants but struggle to take a pill every day. I have read studies about Vyvanse for depression but get the impression it is not commonly prescribed for it. I would like to try but not sure my Dr would be willing so I was hoping you had some feedback.
I have suffered from depression and bipolar disorder for 47 years.I have tried every antidepressant on the market from Elavil to Lithium.Vyvanse has been a miraculous drug for me.I've been on it for about a month and have resumed an active life
Let me add another repsonse with the same phrase: "it's been a miracle drug for me"
40 years with chronic depression and tried about 40 different drugs. Each gave me side effects and depression. 8 years on Vyvanse and 8 years of normal life. It's no longer uphill. Take it in the morning and in about an hour or two I get a feeling of peace and possibility and the energy to take things on. Anxiety is lessened because anxiety was related to depression.
My only issue was before Obamacare... I couldn't afford it. Even when I discovered "Shire Cares" I still was paying $100/mo. for psychiatrist. Then my primary care doc said he'd give me 3 scripts at a time (FL law allows) so I see him 4x per year and insurance pays for 3 visits.
Actually one other issue. My doctor said he needed an ADD or ADHD diagnosis to prescribe after Vyvnse's clincial trial for depression failed. So I had to go to a neuro-psychologist and hope I could convince him I had ADD as well. Don't know if I really do or I was good in "throwing" his tests, but I got the diagnosis and the rest has been pretty much smooth sailing (not easy getting Level II drugs easily).
In the end my depression is gone plus I don't pay the approx. $300 / mo. for the drug because of Shire Cares. With my income level it costs me $0. It helped when my Blue Cross said they wouldn't cover it unless I took ADHD generics like Ritalin or Adderall (I'd taken them in the 90's and they were the closest thing to an effective treatment, at least for a few weeks when they lost their efficacy for me) cause their copay was $40/mo. But to tell you the truth if was between the depression and $1000/mo. I'd find the money!
This is such an old question, but I'm hoping someone else who stumbles upon it like I did will read this and find it helpful.
I was diagnosed with ADD insanely late, at 17 years old and in my senior year of high school. And attention issues I had were blamed on depression, until my doctor finally listened and diagnosed me, prescribing me Vyvanse.
I'm ashamed to say I don't take it daily now that I'm on summer break, but it literally feels like a miracle, as OP stated.
Not only do I focus, but I feel truly happy.
I know medicines are very complex, and my change in environment from high school classrooms to a more independent college life has also aided in my happiness.
But specifically when I take Vyvanse, I feel a spike in my mood. I am willing and motivated to work, which few actual anti-depressants could ever manage for me.
I HIGHLY recommend asking you doctor if it would be a wise choice. It IS a controlled substance, which may make it more difficult to be prescribed, but it is more than worth a try.
I haven't even needed my real antidepressant lately, but we'll see if that's due to my environment or not, I suppose.
Yes! Vyvanse has been incredible for my depression. I have treatment resistant depression and prescribed Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder (FDA “on-label” approved). It did help with the binge eating, but also, even better, it has helped me with depression in that I want to get out of bed and do things. Have been on it for ~ 3 years with no return of depression. Now, I still like to nap and have never been a go-getter, but I do NOT have that dark dark depression.
By the way, I also take Wellbutrin, Trintellix, and Ativan.
I added Vyvanse after being on these other meds for a year and still needed an extra boost.
First thing you want to do is stop the Klonopin. You can't take a benzo and an amphetamine together; that's a "speedball" and no doctor worth his or her salt so to speak will prescribe both. So my suggestion is to stop the Klonopin and then proceed with the Vyvanse. I take Adderall and it helps tremendously with relieving both my depression AND my Fibro pain. Best of luck and do keep the group updated.
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