I am currently on Vyvanse 60 Mg Cap for Adult ADHD without hyperactivity. I have been on Adderall in the past. My other medications include Fluoxetine for depression and Etodolac for arthritis.
My question is, why do I get sleepy after taking Vyvanse or Adderall? They are both amphetamines and should be doing the opposite. After taking either I am able to nap with no problems. My psychiatrist has no answer.
He has no answer? That's not very encouraging. It's not uncommon for this to happen, interactions (and you have a lot of interaction going on) can cause the opposite of the desired effect.
5 Mar 2015
In people with ADHD these medications have the opposite effect than they would do if someone without ADHD took them. I don't exactly know why though? Ask your psychiatrist again, & if he still can't answer your questions, ask/demand that he refers your questions to someone who can tell you what's what
5 Mar 2015
Hi there Ask your pharmacist. They know their meds.
5 Mar 2015
Medications for ADHD and ADD cause you to either feel nothing or somewhat tired and sleepy. They are doing the opposite, instead of you feeling speedy you are feeling sleepy. Maybe you need a dose adjustment? Talk with your psychiatrist.
21 Apr 2015
Adderall has the same effect on me as well where I fall asleep sometimes. I think it is from too low of a dose, and I in fact would rather take no medication at all instead of a low dose because of this effect. Also, when Adderall wears off, my anxiety sky rockets. Since you said you've been on Adderall in the past, I'm assuming that you're just metabolizing it quickly now since that is often the case with this drug. This may not necessarily be good advice, but it's what I do: I just don't take my adderall medication for a few days so that when I do retake it, it actually works instead of making me sleepy since my body was used to it. And I want to avoid getting higher and higher doses, so this is the best solution I have.
2 May 2017
I'm an adult student and I've been taking 60mg daily for 3 years. I would not be able to have passed any of my college courses without it; I only wish I would have known about my diagnosis as a young student. I don't get sleepy but I am able to focus (I still sometimes get very distracted and have to reread stuff over and over and over). I can't sleep at night though and when I come off of it I am so agitated, short tempered, and crabby. I have tried so many other drugs however this one suits me the best. It may not be for everyone though. I don't like the side effects but I graduate finally this December and hope I will be able to gain employment.
2 Jun 2018
I know this was submitted a while ago, but was wondering if you ever found out way Aderrall makes you sleepy? I too get really tired and drowsy but my mind keeps me awake. My Psychiatrist could not provide an answer for me either
7 Jun 2018
I just started taking vyvanse not to long ago this is what I found because it is making me so tired to.
If you have ADHD and you're prefrontal cortex is "starved" of dopamine, increasing dopamine can make you sleepy. The dopamine boost decreases hyperactivity. On Vyvanse - your brain can finally "rest" and actually focus on something - but it may feel tired in comparison to the hyperactive state that it's used to. Vyvanse's calming effect in ADHD patients can make them feel tired.
10 Oct 2018
I am a 53 yr old adult taking 20 mg of Vyvanse twice daily, spaced about 11 hours apart. My first dose is around 3:30 -4:30 AM. I've never been able to sleep well. My mind wanders and races; it can take me 3 hours to fall asleep. Since adding the second dose––which I take around 2:30 PM––I've had normal sleep, generally falling asleep within about 30 minutes of going to bed. My doctor explains that there is a "school of thought" among some ADHD docs that the stimulant prevents the mind from wandering and racing: no random thoughts for my mind to latch onto. I've only been on Vyvanse for about 3 weeks, but so far, so good!
11 Oct 2018
Simulators make me sleepy also, I think it has something to do with your adrenaline glands. The more you are in the fight or flight situation the stronger the stimulant makes you tired.
13 Oct 2018
The medication is basically speed this is an unusual side effect.
14 Oct 2018
Fluoxetine could be the culprit. I take Adderall (20 mg in the morning and 20 mg in the afternoon or early evening) and don't experience sleepiness. I took Fluoxetine and the past and DID feel sleepy a lot.
3 Jan 2019
Working in the health care industry, and having 2 children on stimulants, I've been told that your mind is "racing" and when given a stimulant such as coffee or medication it settles your mind to a sense of calm. People who do not have ADHD/ADD would become wired off a stimulant. I actually give the boys their last dose of the day at bedtime to settle their minds so they actually sleep. My one child is on Vyvanse, and hes super sleepy, we may lower the dose if it doesnt adjust in his system soon.
5 Mar 2019
Whats the difference between Adderall and Vyvanse? i know if i take Ritalin it helps with my energy and feeling of wanting to do things . I have 20 years of chronic fatigue. Adderall helped in the beginning the 10mg XR but it doesnt seem to do anything any more. I am wondering if I might need to go up on dose or switch?
26 Oct 2019
I have the same issue with Adderall but not ritalin. I decided to take a break from ritalin and try Adderall. Which I have done before to help my ritalin tolerance. I use Adderall for a week or 2 and go back and I see to feel the ritalin more. It’s so strange to me that ritalin doesn’t make me sleepy but Adderall is making me feel like I took a sedative. But when I tried Adderall a couple years ago it didn’t make me sleepy but did zone me out too much. In fact it gave me insomnia before but I was able to wake up on time. I wonder if anyone has used a ritalin booster while on Adderall. I know some who use long lasting adhd meds use an immediate release stimulate as a booster. I know ritalin and Adderall work differently. I will add now I’m on viibryd which is an SNRI Anti depressant and before when I tried Adderall I was on Zoloft it no SSRI. So maybe the combo is making me so sleepy. I hate it. Defeats the purpose of me taking a stimulant.