Vyvanse 50mg is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Treatment for ADHD also generally involves behavioral therapies.
Vyvanse for ADHD
Vyvanse 50mg is a once-a-day treatment for adults and children who are six to 12 years old with ADHD. It’s also approved to treat binge-eating disorder in adults. The main ingredient in Vyvanse is lisdexamfetamine dimesylate.
Vyvanse 50mg is unique in that it’s a prodrug or “conditionally bioreversible derivative” of dextroamphetamine, an amphetamine that’s one of the main ingredients in Adderall, Adderall XR, and Dexedrine Spansules. By helping to increase levels of two brain chemicals, dopamine and norepinephrine, stimulants like Vyvanse work to increase alertness, attention, and energy.
Advantages of Vyvanse 50mg
Unlike other stimulants, however, Vyvanse has to go through the stomach and be digested before it can become active. That means it’s much less likely to be abused since the drug can’t be snorted, smoked, or injected like other ADHD medicines.
Another potential benefit of Vyvanse is that it lasts longer—up to 14 hours, compared with other long-acting ADHD medicines that tend to last 10 to 12 hours. Vyvanse is also released at the same levels over time and produces a slow, steady therapeutic effect. As researchers in a 2014 analysis of studies on Vyvanse reported, this potentially avoids the large/fast increases in dopamine that are associated with the reinforcing effects of drug abuse, which allows for a consistent effect throughout the day.
Vyvanse is available in seven dosage strengths: 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg, and 70 mg. Although most children will start Vyvanse at the 30 mg dosage, a higher starting dose may be more appropriate if your child is switching to Vyvanse from another ADHD stimulant.
Vyvanse can be taken either with or without food. If your child doesn’t like chewable drugs and can’t swallow the Vyvanse capsules, you can open them and either sprinkle it onto a small amount of food or into a few ounces of water. This is another benefit over other “beaded” ADHD stimulant medicines, which don’t dissolve in liquids.
Side Effects Vyvanse 50mg
Side effects of Vyvanse 50mg are similar to other ADHD stimulants and most commonly include:
Interestingly, side effects—especially appetite suppression—seem to quickly decrease over time. Contact us to get more information.