My 6 yo son has been on Vyvase 40mg for 3 days now and although there has been a significant change in his focus and listening while at school and home, he seems EXTREMELY emotional. Like he is ready to cry at the drop of a hat and it takes a long time of coaxing to get him to even smile. Plus we've noticed that he has started doing this tongue rolling thing and it's not like he's even aware of it. Has anyone else's child experienced these same symptoms and if so, how long did it last for? He tried Medidate first but that had absolutely NO effect on him and then his doctor switched him to the Vyvanse but started him straight out at 40mg. I wonder if it's too much for him and a lower dose should be given to build up to.
My son was on Concerta and he used to do this thing where he would open his mouth really wide for just a second or two. If I asked him about it he would say his jaws needed "stretching" We think it was a facial tic. She reduced his dose a bit and that seemed to help. We noticed our son seemed to be very flat with his emotions and he did seem to cry easily. He took it up until 9th grade or so then he wouldnt take it anymore but by then his behavior was better and he could cope, although his grades did suffer some because he wasnt as focused as when he took his meds. I would talk to his Dr about it. My son was better when they reduced his dose, as far as the facial tics. He still did it on occasion though. It didnt continue once he was off the medicine.
Wow please listen to me... I am a 26 yr old woman that weighs 145 lbs. My mom gave me 50mg of her vyvanse one day BC I was tired. It made me a complete weirdo, I was so figety and speeding around. I couldn't imagine being a 6 yr old on this medication. You need to really evaluate what your doing to your child!!! Why don't you take 2 and see how you feel?? I'd be emotional too if I was forced to take that everyday. People need to stop being lazy and feeding there children with pills but instead try disciplining them. Absolutely sickening!!!
Actually, my stepson, who is 8, was put on medication in October at the insistence of his mother. Neither his father nor myself believe in medication, but his mother thinks it's easier than proper parenting as she medicated the child's older brother. The child is in the gifted program at school. He is only on 20mg of Vyvnase, which is 20mg too much. A few months ago he started with this rolling of the tongue to the point he looks like a snake and his upper lip is so chafed he looks like he has a mustache. The prescribing doctor insists this is not a side effect, but a habit he has developed. I see now that it's not a habit. Thank you for the post.
My 12 year old son was admitted to a treatment center on a Friday. They changed his Intuniv to Vyvase on Saturday morning without my knowledge. I went to visit him Saturday afternoon and he was doing the tongue thing non stop and licking his lips. He had severe tics and twitches. It was heartbreaking. I asked for the psychiatrist to call me as soon as possible. When I went to yank him out of that place, against Dr.'s orders, I had yet to have a phone call. Now it is 5 days after rescuing him and putting him back on his original meds, he still has tics and twitches to the point that the school psychologist said he looks like a kid with Cerebral Palsy or Parkinsons. He is much worse off than when I admitted him and he was only there 5 days. The staff assured us that he did not have tics and twitches over and over, but the eyes cannot be deceived. I am at my wits end trying to get control over his overly aggressive, impulsive behaviors.
I am 45 and my script is only 20mg for narcolepsy. I am assuming yours sons medication is for ADD or ADHD? The tongue rolling is a side effect. These types of medications can cause "ticks" of various sorts and they can even become a permanent "tick" that can possibly remain even after the medication has discontinued. Many ADD/ADHD medications are now being linked to Parkinson's disease also. My son had ADD when he was young (elementary) and we tried medications but the side effects were too much. I am glad that we stopped them after a few months because the long term damage those medications can cause is serious and I am happy to say he is now 18 and just graduated high school. I hope you find an alternative solution for your son.
- Vyvanse Information for Consumers
- Vyvanse Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vyvanse (detailed)
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