Lisdexamfetamine is a medication that is commonly used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This medicine is a stimulant that can produce feelings of euphoria, alertness and increased energy. The common name for lisdexamfetamine is the brand name under which the drug is typically sold which is Vyvanse. This is a schedule II controlled substance that has potential for abuse and can be habit-forming.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, Lisdexamfetamine is used to control the symptoms of deficit disorders such as ADHD in adults and children. When the drug is abused it can lead to addiction which is both difficult and sometimes dangerous to treat. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be addicted to Vyvanse or lisdexamfetamine, call our helpline at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) for help finding local treatment.
Lisdexamfetamine Side Effects
Taking lisdexamfetamine can cause various side effects, most of which will gradually go away within a few doses of the drug.
If you experience any of the following side effects and they do not go away on their own, call your doctor right away:
- Trouble falling asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Feeling excessively sleepy
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Feeling jittery
In some serious cases, potentially dangerous side effects can occur when taking lisdexamfetamine.
If you notice any of the following serious side effects when taking lisdexamfetamine, call your healthcare provider immediately or seek emergency medical attention:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pounding heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Slow, slurred or difficult speech
- Weakness in the arm or leg
- Numbness in the arm or leg
- Hallucinations (visual or auditory)
- Mood swings
- Feeling abnormally excited
- Twitching or tremors that are uncontrollable
- Swelling of the tongue
- Swelling in the face, mouth or lips
- Blurry vision
- Vision problems
In some cases, especially in children who have serious heart problems, lisdexamfetamine has been found to cause sudden death. Talk with your doctor about the serious risks associated with taking lisdexamfetamine.
Taking this drug in a manner other than prescribed, taking more than prescribed or taking the drug more often than prescribed can lead to addiction. Lisdexamfetamine addiction can occur if a user takes this drug for recreational purposes or if he or she takes the drug as the result of being legitimately prescribed to drug to treat ADHD.
If you feel like you have to take lisdexamfetamine to feel normal, you have to take the drug more often than you used to or like you have to take a larger dose than before, you may be suffering from a condition known as tolerance. Tolerance is the first sign of addiction and your first sign that you should seek help. Lisdexamfetamine addiction can result in various complications and can be difficult to treat, especially if the user actually does suffer from a legitimate attention deficit disorder but there is help.
If you or a loved one is addicted to lisdexamfetamine, seek immediate help by calling our helpline at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?). We can help you find appropriate treatment for an addiction to Vyvanse so that you or your loved one can get back on track to living a sober life without the burden or hassles of this terrible addiction. Treatment most often includes medication therapy, counseling and behavioral therapy to help the user better control behaviors, stay more focused and get past the feelings that he or she must take lisdexamfetamine to function.