Medically reviewed on March 25, 2018
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- Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Capsule, Oral, as dimesylate:
Vyvanse: 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg [contains brilliant blue fcf (fd&c blue #1), fd&c yellow #6 (sunset yellow)]
Vyvanse: 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg [contains brilliant blue fcf (fd&c blue #1)]
Vyvanse: 70 mg [contains brilliant blue fcf (fd&c blue #1), fd&c yellow #6 (sunset yellow)]
Tablet Chewable, Oral, as dimesylate:
Vyvanse: 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg
Brand Names: U.S.
- Central Nervous System Stimulant
The exact mechanism of lisdexamfetamine in ADHD and binge eating disorder is not known. Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is a prodrug that is converted to the active component dextroamphetamine (a noncatecholamine, sympathomimetic amine). Amphetamines are noncatecholamine, sympathomimetic amines that cause release of catecholamines (primarily dopamine and norepinephrine) from their storage sites in the presynaptic nerve terminals. A less significant mechanism may include their ability to block the reuptake of catecholamines by competitive inhibition.
Metabolized in the blood by hydrolytic activity of red blood cells to dextroamphetamine and l-lysine; does not undergo CYP mediated metabolism
Urine (96%, 42% as amphetamine-related compounds, 2% as lisdexamfetamine, 25% hippuric acid); feces (minimal)
Time to Peak
Capsule: Tmax: Lisdexamfetamine: Children 6 to 12 years: 1 hour (fasting); Adults: ~1 hour; Dextroamphetamine: Children 6 to 12 years: 3.5 hours (fasting); Adults: 3.8 hours (fasting), 4.7 hours (after a high-fat meal)
Chewable tablet: Tmax: Lisdexamfetamine: 1 hour (fasting); Dextroamphetamine: 3.9 to 4.4 hours (fasting); 4.9 hours (after a high-fat meal)
Duration of Action
8 to 14 hours (Jain 2017)
Lisdexamfetamine: <1 hour; Dextroamphetamine: 10 to 13 hours
Special Populations: Renal Function Impairment
Mean dextroamphetamine clearance was reduced from 0.7 L/hour/kg to 0.4 L/hour/kg with severe renal impairment (GFR 15 to <30 mL/minute/1.73 m2) and to 0.3 L/hour/kg with ESRD.
Use: Labeled Indications
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Binge eating disorder: Treatment of moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults.
Hypersensitivity to amphetamine products or any component of the formulation; concurrent use of MAO inhibitor, or within 14 days of the last MAO inhibitor dose.
Canadian labeling: Additional contraindications (not in US labeling): Known hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to sympathomimetic amines; advanced arteriosclerosis; symptomatic cardiovascular disease; moderate-to-severe hypertension; hyperthyroidism; glaucoma; agitated states; history of drug abuse
Note: Prior to treatment, assess for presence of cardiac disease and assess for risk of abuse.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Oral: Initial: 30 mg once daily in the morning; may increase in increments of 10 mg or 20 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained; maximum: 70 mg/day. Note: Individualize dosage based on patient need and response to therapy. Administer at the lowest effective dose.
Binge eating disorder: Oral: Initial: 30 mg once daily in the morning; may titrate in increments of 20 mg at weekly intervals to target dose of 50 to 70 mg once daily (maximum: 70 mg/day); discontinue use if binge eating does not improve.
Refer to adult dosing; initiate dose at the low end of the dosing range.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Note: Prior to treatment, assess for presence of cardiac disease and assess for risk of abuse. Individualize dosage based on patient need and response to therapy. Administer at the lowest effective dose.
Children ≥6 years and Adolescents: Oral: Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
GFR ≥30 mL/minute/1.73 m2: There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling.
GFR 15 to <30 mL/minute/1.73 m2: Maximum dose: 50 mg/day.
GFR <15 mL/minute/1.73 m2: Maximum dose: 30 mg/day.
ESRD requiring hemodialysis: Maximum dose: 30 mg/day; lisdexamfetamine and dextroamphetamine are not dialyzable.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling.
Administer in the morning without regard to meals; avoid afternoon doses because of potential for insomnia. Do not take less than one capsule or chewable tablet per day; a single dose should not be divided.
Capsules: Swallow capsule whole, do not chew. Capsule may be opened and the entire contents mixed with water, yogurt, or orange juice; stir until dispersed completely and consume the entire mixture immediately; do not store mixture. The active ingredient dissolves completely once dispersed; however, a film containing the inactive ingredients may remain in the glass or container once the mixture is consumed.
Chewable tablets: Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions are permitted between 15°C and 30°C (59°F and 86°F). Protect from light.
Acebrophylline: May enhance the stimulatory effect of CNS Stimulants. Avoid combination
Alkalinizing Agents: May decrease the excretion of Amphetamines. Consider therapy modification
Ammonium Chloride: May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. This effect is likely due to an enhanced excretion of amphetamines in the urine. Monitor therapy
Antacids: May decrease the excretion of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Antihistamines: Amphetamines may diminish the sedative effect of Antihistamines. Monitor therapy
Antihypertensive Agents: Amphetamines may diminish the antihypertensive effect of Antihypertensive Agents. Monitor therapy
Antipsychotic Agents: May diminish the stimulatory effect of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Ascorbic Acid: May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
AtoMOXetine: May enhance the hypertensive effect of Sympathomimetics. AtoMOXetine may enhance the tachycardic effect of Sympathomimetics. Monitor therapy
BuPROPion: May enhance the neuroexcitatory and/or seizure-potentiating effect of Agents With Seizure Threshold Lowering Potential. Monitor therapy
Cannabinoid-Containing Products: May enhance the tachycardic effect of Sympathomimetics. Exceptions: Cannabidiol. Monitor therapy
Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors: May decrease the excretion of Amphetamines. Exceptions: Brinzolamide; Dorzolamide. Monitor therapy
Cocaine (Topical): May enhance the hypertensive effect of Sympathomimetics. Management: Consider alternatives to use of this combination when possible. Monitor closely for substantially increased blood pressure or heart rate and for any evidence of myocardial ischemia with concurrent use. Consider therapy modification
CYP2D6 Inhibitors (Moderate): May increase the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
CYP2D6 Inhibitors (Strong): May increase the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Doxofylline: Sympathomimetics may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Doxofylline. Monitor therapy
Ethosuximide: Amphetamines may diminish the therapeutic effect of Ethosuximide. Amphetamines may decrease the serum concentration of Ethosuximide. Monitor therapy
Gastrointestinal Acidifying Agents: May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Guanethidine: May enhance the arrhythmogenic effect of Sympathomimetics. Guanethidine may enhance the hypertensive effect of Sympathomimetics. Monitor therapy
Iobenguane I 123: Sympathomimetics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Iobenguane I 123. Avoid combination
Ioflupane I 123: Amphetamines may diminish the diagnostic effect of Ioflupane I 123. Monitor therapy
Iohexol: Agents With Seizure Threshold Lowering Potential may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Iohexol. Specifically, the risk for seizures may be increased. Management: Discontinue agents that may lower the seizure threshold 48 hours prior to intrathecal use of iohexol. Wait at least 24 hours after the procedure to resume such agents. In nonelective procedures, consider use of prophylactic anticonvulsants. Consider therapy modification
Iomeprol: Agents With Seizure Threshold Lowering Potential may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Iomeprol. Specifically, the risk for seizures may be increased. Management: Discontinue agents that may lower the seizure threshold 48 hours prior to intrathecal use of iomeprol. Wait at least 24 hours after the procedure to resume such agents. In nonelective procedures, consider use of prophylactic anticonvulsants. Consider therapy modification
Iopamidol: Agents With Seizure Threshold Lowering Potential may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Iopamidol. Specifically, the risk for seizures may be increased. Management: Discontinue agents that may lower the seizure threshold 48 hours prior to intrathecal use of iopamidol. Wait at least 24 hours after the procedure to resume such agents. In nonelective procedures, consider use of prophylactic anticonvulsants. Consider therapy modification
Linezolid: May enhance the hypertensive effect of Sympathomimetics. Management: Reduce initial doses of sympathomimetic agents, and closely monitor for enhanced pressor response, in patients receiving linezolid. Specific dose adjustment recommendations are not presently available. Consider therapy modification
Lithium: May diminish the stimulatory effect of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Methenamine: May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. This effect is likely due to an enhanced excretion of amphetamines in the urine. Monitor therapy
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: May enhance the hypertensive effect of Amphetamines. While linezolid and tedizolid may interact via this mechanism, management recommendations differ from other monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Refer to monographs specific to those agents for details. Exceptions: Linezolid; Tedizolid. Avoid combination
Multivitamins/Fluoride (with ADE): May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. More specifically, the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in many multivitamins may decrease amphetamine concentrations. Monitor therapy
Multivitamins/Minerals (with ADEK, Folate, Iron): May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Multivitamins/Minerals (with AE, No Iron): May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Specifically, vitamin C may impair absorption of amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Opioid Analgesics: Amphetamines may enhance the analgesic effect of Opioid Analgesics. Monitor therapy
PHENobarbital: Amphetamines may decrease the serum concentration of PHENobarbital. Monitor therapy
Phenytoin: Amphetamines may decrease the serum concentration of Phenytoin. Monitor therapy
Sympathomimetics: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of other Sympathomimetics. Monitor therapy
Tedizolid: May enhance the hypertensive effect of Sympathomimetics. Tedizolid may enhance the tachycardic effect of Sympathomimetics. Monitor therapy
Tricyclic Antidepressants: May enhance the stimulatory effect of Amphetamines. Tricyclic Antidepressants may also potentiate the cardiovascular effects of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Urinary Acidifying Agents: May decrease the serum concentration of Amphetamines. Monitor therapy
Amphetamines may elevate plasma corticosteroid levels; may interfere with urinary steroid determinations.
Central nervous system: Insomnia (13% to 27%)
Gastrointestinal: Xerostomia (adults: 26% to 36%; children and adolescents: 4% to 5%), upper abdominal pain (children: 12%; adults: 2%)
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Increased heart rate (adults: 2% to 7%), increased blood pressure (adults: 3%), palpitations (2%)
Central nervous system: Irritability (children: 10%), anxiety (adults: 5% to 6%), jitteriness (adults: 4% to 6%), dizziness (children: 5%), agitation (adults: 3%), emotional lability (children: 3%), restlessness (adults: 2% to 3%), drowsiness (children: 2%), increased energy (adults: 2%), nightmares (adults: 2%), paresthesia (adults: 2%), tics (children: 2%)
Dermatologic: Hyperhidrosis (adults: 3% to 4%), skin rash (children: 3%), pruritus (adults: 2%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Weight loss (children and adolescents: 9%; adults: 3% to 4%), decreased libido (adults: <2%)
Gastrointestinal: Vomiting (children: 9%; adults: 2%), diarrhea (adults: 7%), nausea (6% to 7%), constipation (adults: 6%), anorexia (2% to 5%), gastroenteritis (adults: 2%)
Genitourinary: Erectile dysfunction (adults: 3%)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Tremor (2%)
Respiratory: Dyspnea (adults: 2%), oropharyngeal pain (2%)
Miscellaneous: Fever (children: 2%)
Frequency not defined:
Central nervous system: Outbursts of anger, paranoia, talkativeness
<1%, postmarketing, and/or case reports: Accommodation disturbance, aggressive behavior, alopecia, anaphylaxis, angioedema, blurred vision, bruxism, cardiomyopathy, chest pain, decreased linear skeletal growth rate, depression, dermatillomania, diplopia, dysgeusia, dyskinesia, excoriation, frequent erections, hallucination, headache, hepatitis (eosinophilic), hypersensitivity, mania, mydriasis, peripheral vascular insufficiency, prolonged erection, psychotic reaction, Raynaud phenomenon, seizure, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, urticaria
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Cardiovascular events: Stimulant use has been associated with serious cardiovascular events including sudden death in patients with preexisting structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems (sudden death in children and adolescents; sudden death, stroke and MI in adults). These products should be avoided in patients with known serious structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious heart rhythm abnormalities, coronary artery disease, or other serious cardiac problems that could increase the risk of sudden death. Patients should be carefully evaluated for these cardiac disorders prior to initiation of therapy. Patients who develop exertional chest pain, unexplained syncope, or arrhythmias during therapy should be evaluated promptly. CNS stimulants may increase heart rate (mean increase: 3 to 6 bpm) and blood pressure (mean increase: 2 to 4 mm Hg); monitor all patients for tachycardia and hypertension.
• CNS effects: Amphetamines may impair the ability to engage in potentially hazardous activities; patients must be cautioned about performing tasks which require mental alertness (eg, operating machinery or driving).
• Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, angioedema, and urticaria have been observed.
• Peripheral vasculopathy: Stimulants are associated with peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud phenomenon; signs/symptoms are usually mild and intermittent, and generally improve with dose reduction or discontinuation. Digital ulceration and/or soft tissue breakdown have been observed rarely; monitor for digital changes during therapy and seek further evaluation (eg, rheumatology) if necessary.
• Visual disturbance: Difficulty in accommodation and blurred vision has been reported with the use of stimulants.
• Psychiatric disorders: Use with caution in patients with preexisting psychosis or bipolar disorder (may induce mixed/manic episode). May exacerbate symptoms of behavior and thought disorder in psychotic patients; new onset psychosis or mania may occur in children or adolescents with stimulant use. Patients should be screened for bipolar disorder and risk factors for developing mania prior to treatment; consider discontinuation if such symptoms (eg, delusional thinking, hallucinations, or mania) occur. May be associated with aggressive behavior or hostility (causal relationship not established); monitor for development or worsening of these behaviors.
• Tourette syndrome/tics: Use with caution in patients with Tourette syndrome or other tic disorders. Stimulants may exacerbate tics (motor and phonic) and Tourette syndrome; however, evidence demonstrating increased tics is limited. Evaluate for tics and Tourette syndrome prior to therapy initiation (AACAP [Murphy 2013]; Pliszka 2007).
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
• Serotonin syndrome: Potentially life-threatening serotonin syndrome (SS) may occur when lisdexamfetamine is used in combination with other serotonergic agents (eg, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, buspirone, St. John's wort, tryptophan), agents that impair metabolism of serotonin (eg, monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or CYP2D6 inhibitors that impair metabolism of lisdexamfetamine. Concomitant use with monoamine oxidase inhibitors is contraindicated. If concomitant use of lisdexamfetamine with serotonergic drugs or CYP2D6 inhibitors is indicated, initiate lisdexamfetamine at a low dose and monitor patient closely for signs and symptoms of SS. Discontinue treatment (and any concomitant serotonergic agent) immediately if signs/symptoms arise.
• Elderly: Use caution in this age group due to CNS stimulant adverse effects.
• Pediatric: Appetite suppression may occur; particularly in children. Use of stimulants has been associated with weight loss and slowing of growth rate; monitor growth rate and weight during treatment. Treatment interruption may be necessary in patients who are not increasing in height or gaining weight as expected.
• Abuse/misuse/diversion: [US Boxed Warning]: Has high potential for abuse and dependence; assess for abuse potential prior to use and monitor for signs of abuse and dependence while on therapy. Use with caution in patients with a history of ethanol or drug abuse. Prescriptions should be written for the smallest quantity consistent with good patient care to minimize possibility of overdose.
• ADHD treatment: Appropriate use: Recommended to be used as part of a comprehensive treatment program for attention deficit disorders.
• Weight loss: Appropriate use: Not indicated or recommended for weight loss; safety and efficacy not established for treatment of obesity.
• Discontinuation of therapy: Abrupt discontinuation following high doses or for prolonged periods may result in symptoms for withdrawal (eg, depression, extreme fatigue).
Cardiac evaluation should be completed on any patient who develops exertional chest pain, unexplained syncope, and any symptom of cardiac disease during treatment with stimulants. Thoroughly evaluate for cardiovascular risk and the presence of (and family history of) cardiac disease, cardiac arrhythmias, or Marfan syndrome prior to initiating treatment. Monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and consider obtaining ECG prior to initiation (Vetter 2008). Monitor growth (height and weight) in children; CNS activity in all patients; signs of peripheral vasculopathy (eg, digital changes); behavioral changes. Assess for risk of abuse prior to prescribing and signs of misuse, abuse, or addiction throughout treatment.
Lisdexamfetamine is converted to dextroamphetamine. The majority of human data is based on illicit amphetamine/methamphetamine exposure and not from therapeutic maternal use (Golub 2005). Use of amphetamines during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight; newborns may experience symptoms of withdrawal. Behavioral problems may also occur later in childhood (LaGasse 2012).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience anxiety, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, feeling jittery, lack of appetite, weight loss, insomnia, or abdominal pain. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin [with or without fever]; red or irritated eyes; or sores in mouth, throat, nose, or eyes), severe headache, tachycardia, abnormal heartbeat, decreased libido, sexual dysfunction, agitation, tremors, discoloration of hands or feet, burning or numbness of hands or feet, dark urine, muscle pain, muscle weakness, urinary retention, change in amount of urine passed, sores on fingers or toes, signs of severe cerebrovascular disease (change in strength on one side is greater than the other, difficulty speaking or thinking, change in balance, or vision changes), angina, shortness of breath, severe dizziness, passing out, vision changes, signs of depression (suicidal ideation, anxiety, emotional instability, or confusion), hallucinations, or behavioral changes (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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