Vyvanse in Canada

Updated January 3, 2011:

Vyvanse was officially launched in Canada on February 1, 2010.
When it was first launched – it was only officially approved for use in children – aged 6-12 years old. As of November 2010, Vyvanse is now officially indicated for use in ADHD in children (6-12 years old), teenagers (13-18 years old), and adults (18-65 years old). This means that Vyvanse is now officially indicated in Canada for use in ADHD ‘across the lifespan’ – i.e. from childhood to adulthood.

Dosage of Vyvanse in Canada:
Vyvanse is available in these dosage strengths in Canada: 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, and 60 mg.
In the US, there is also a 70 mg capsule – but Health Canada wasn’t convinced that it was needed – so for now, the highest dose capsule that we have in Canada is the 60 mg.

Doctors will generally start with a lower dose (often 30 mg) and then increase to a higher dose (often 50 mg). Of course, your doctor will tailor the treatment to your needs.

Vyvanse is a the first prodrug for ADHD. This means that the medication is inactive until an enzyme in the body works to activate it. To read more about how it works, visit this blog post on Vyvanse.

To read the press release on Vyvanse being released in Canada, please view it here.

This blog has several articles on Vyvanse, but my favorite is the one where my readers have shared their experiences with Vyvanse (over 800 comments at this time) about whether Vyvanse works.
You can find more articles by looking at the ‘related posts’ below this article.

Please share any comments or issues with Vyvanse being in Canada below.


Dr. Kenny


  1. My son who is 5 and recently diagnosed started taking Vyvanse about 2 weeks ago. We started him off on 20 mg and put him on 30 mg today. Teachers noticed less impulsivity and focusing improvement on him being on 30 mg. We also noticed that it took a longer time before Vyvanse started to wear off. We are currently on wait list at your office but would very much want information if there should be something you are aware of that we should keep our eyes on for the next couple of weeks. Has there been any report on downhill effect of Vyvanse? He has never been on any meds before, but this is what our pediatrician prescribed because according to him, it is apparently the “Trend”. Our pediatrician is not well versed on the ADHD meds and at one point I went back to him to prescribe my son 20mg that he did not know is the lowest dosage available in Canada.

    • Hello Joanne,
      As we are reading your comments regarding the benefit of does increase from 20 mg to 30 mg which we are currently in the same situation with our 6 years old son, we wonder if you have experienced side effects with the higher does. We just started today 12/27/2011 to give him the 30mg after two weeks of 20 mg usage. We are a kind of worried of side effects with higher does. Can you tell us if you have experience any changes with the 30mg other than improvement academically in his concentration span while he is doing his home work at home?


      Adel & Samar Yasso

      • I have my 11 year old son on vyvanse 40 mg and the only side affect is lack of appetite during lunch and some irrability in the morning. We managed to get free vyvanse through our Doctor in Canada he gave us coupons. We got them because we can’t afford them.

        • When I see posts like this, it makes me wonder what is wrong with the parents. Your child is still growing and by administering daily medication, well you’re essentially disabling your child for life. Since the brain is developing at this stage in life, you are ensuring that your child will never be able to function without medication. You are making decisions that will follow your child for the rest of their life. If you were willing to input the time and energy towards proper parenting rather than just shoving medication down their throats you could work towards curbing whatever negative symptoms your child is showing. Of course ADHD is a difficult thing to work with (I was diagnosed a few months ago and am now on medication [Age: 19]) and I wish the diagnosis had come earlier so that I could have developed coping strategies and understood why I had so much difficulty in school. I would hate my parents if they’d medicated me from a young age as it would essentially have disabled me for life. Some days (days when I don’t need to be able to function) I choose to not take medication and it’s always a huge relief to be able to actually relax and sleep at night rather than the constant ‘go’ feeling that vyvanse creates
          Every single 5-12 year old is ADHD, they all are hyperactive and have difficulty focusing, it’s called being a child.

          • Well Bekah,

            Unfortunately you do not know me or my child or the pain we have gone through to help him with his ADHD. You are correct that 5-12 year olds do have high energy and difficulty focusing. You tell me what to do when my son is throwing himself into the wall because he is so overwhelmed with energy that even after running in the park all day and doing high energy activities are not enough to help my son to sit for a ten minute meal.
            Please do not presume that I am disabling my son when I am giving him tools to be able to sit in a classroom and do seat work with all the other students.
            Do not tell me I haven’t tried enough because you do not know us or the struggles we have gone through.

          • You have clearly not experienced ADD or ADHD. I have, not only through my children, but through my own personal experience. If you want to know about disabling for life, I can tell you about it. I had ADD, but when I was a kid nobody knew. I used to sit in my room crying, wondering why I couldn’t just do the things that I knew I had to do. Other people didn’t have the same problems. I was miserable growing up.
            It wasn’t until my son was diagnosed and I started reading a book recommended by the school social worker that I realized what my problem was. Again I sat and cried, a big weight was lifted off of my shoulders when I realized that I wasn’t a loser and there was a reason for the issues I had. I often wonder where I would be now if I had been treated as a child. I was a figure skater, who was always too distracted during practice. I imagine I could’ve at least made nationals. And, maybe I wouldn’t have dropped out of high school. I would’ve gotten a good education at a young age. I still don’t have a degree and have an extremely difficult time staying on task at work. My house is pretty much a mess most of the time and I forget to follow up on my kids when they are missing homework etc. And, thank God for cell phones and technology, I can finally remember appointments, and remember to pay my bills. In short my life would’ve been much easier and I would’ve gotten on the right track much earlier, if they had only known and treated me.

          • I have taught and or volunteeted with individuals that were/are diagnosed with AHDD for over 20 years. I struggled for over 50 years with untteated ADHD unt I was an adult. Both of my grown sons, one 26 and the other 33 have struggled ADHD their entire lives,. As a trained behavioral modification professional, a person with ADHD, and the mother of two individuals all of whom are diagnosed with this terrible disease I can make clear concise informed opinions about the medication verses behavioral modification choices for children that are offered, Iknow you are wrong and right. Only giving medications to change a child’s behavior is wrong, but only teaching and guiding the child is not the answer either. If you require the medication as adult after receiving help without medication during childhood then you were lead down the wrong path for so many important years.

            The true answer is that if behavioral modifications make the child “normal” then they don’t have true ADHD to start with. They most likely had an unstuctured or poor excuse for behavioral models coming from the individuals teaching or raising them.

            The real, healthy, and safe answer is to try structuring their lives first. If they are unsuccessful they can and should try taking a low dose of medication and by all means continue how they are treated or raised. For an I individual, of any age, medication is not the right answer.

            The real problem in nearly all of the cases I have seen coming into school, with a diagnosis of ADHD, and are already on drugs, the problem is related to the home life. A much better solution would be, prior to giving medication, would be to truly examine the home life. Determiing what goes on in most homes of children diagnosed with ADHD, is that the parents never put into effect the actual practice of raising the child. Many parents today use things like tv, video games, or computers to kieep the child busy and out of their hair. What happened in the past and never should have changed is the idea of raising the child, instead of pushing them toward devices to keep them busy. This misuse of and trend toward keeping the child out of the parents hair has gargantuanly changed the behaviors of the structor of the family. I can’t tell you how many children with ADHDand/or behavioral issues are living without true care, concern for, and structure of the families of the children of the 1900s. What happened to asking if their child has homework and caring about/listening to their child. Our parents, most likely talked to their children as individuals and supported the school system. Our parents, in most cases put it into their child’s mind that there are expectations of having core values and treating other the way they wanted to be treated. The children today, in mos of the cases I hsve witnessed that are being diagnosed with ADHD are desperately need of good role models in and out of the classroom. But first they need parents to teach their child appropriate behaviors and stick to being in their lives to work with the child, family, friends, and especially the teachers to raise them as a unit.

            If the parents raised all the children, with the child’s best interest at heart on a norm would result in a greatly reducef number of children on medication for ADHD. The parents would not need medication to subdue the child’s actions and creativity.

            Nurturing and raising upright citizens would be the norm as it was 100 years ago. BUT… There are true children out there with ADHD and for them behavior modificstion along with medication is the only true way to help the child to pay attention and have any Chance of learning and acting at a level at which they can be helped to learn how to deal with the true formalities of living into adulthood, having learned selfcalming, appropriate choices.

            Medication is not the answer to how to raise a child, but working as a caring community that as the saying goes It takes a comminity to raise a child.

  2. How does the cost of Vyvanse in Canada compare to the cost in the US? Is it possible to send a US Vyvanse prescription to a Canadian pharmacy to fill and mail to me?

    • I was wondering the complete opposite. It is quite expensive for Vyvanse in the USA. I just started taking it last month to help me during school (University) and the cost is $135 for 30 pills of 30 mg. That is $4.50 USD a pill.

      With insurance the cost goes to $110, insurance doesn’t pay much. People pay high premiums for insurance in the USA and they still cover so little. There is a vyvanse coupon, make sure to get this: http://www.vyvansesavings.com

      After the coupon, my 30 pills goes down to $100 for 30 mg.

      I was hopping it would be cheaper in Canada and then I could get mine mailed to the USA. Even at $3.33 USD a pill, I think it is high. It does help me with school, so it is worth it.

      • I just wanted to post an update.

        Today I switched from 30mg to 40mg. It seems odd, but the 40mgs is actually much cheaper than the 30mg. From looking at the prices, the 20mg and 30mg are the most expensive.

        The 40mg may be the cheapest, because it is the most common. The price difference is about 20%. Interesting enough though with the same coupon that allows 6 refills my price has droved by more then double. 30mg for 30 days was $110 (100 usd with coupon). Today my 30 days for 40mg was just $33 usd.

        $33 from $100 is a huge difference in price. I wish they kept allowing us to use the coupon, but it can only be used six times.

      • If I Were you I would contact the company making or providing the medication and talk to them to see if they can help you. Often, the manufacturer will give you a discount to use in conjunction with or without your insurance payment and a coupon. Depending on your income, it us possible to get their help.

  3. Hi. I have a son who diagnosed with Aspergers and ADHD. He is 11 years old. He has taken Strattera for 2 years now. In the beginning we found it helped him calm down. He can be agressive at times and is hard on himself if he loses at a game. He is very smart.

    What has been your experience using Vyvanse with children who have Aspergers Syndrome?

  4. I would like to know if anyone knows of any kind of coupon on discount card to help with the cost of Vyvanse. I moved from the US and live in Canada now and the cost for me to get this medication here is outrageous. Help please?

  5. Good afternoon,
    My sons doctor just prescribed Vyvance. Unfortunately the cost for a 30 day supply in my area with insurance is $292.00
    Anyway i can get the medicine through Canada at a lesser cost?
    Please advise.
    I am desperate.
    Thank you

      • I have insurance and decent insurance at that- just getting off Adderall xr for -been on the highest dose for years and my body got too used to it- and after getting approved for this- found out AFTER them covering half, one month’s supply will cost me $289 for one RX– not including any of my other RX–and we all know the 1st RX is never the right RX, lol!! $289!! I don’t have $289– HELP! I’m in the US, and I don’t think we can order a controlled substance from Canada if we cannot have someone else pick it up at the Pharmacy for us? Any suggestions would be welcomed-$289 is more than my insurance and all my other Rx combined..

      • Concerta increased my anxiety and never seemed to really impact my impulsivity – Vyvanse, while a lot more expensive, doesn’t seem to be impacting anxiety as much and lasts longer, and really helps with impulsivity. Not the same at all to me.

  6. I was diagnosed with adult adad in my late 30s. I currently have no insurance, job, or car because it has debilitaed me to the point of axiety, depression, and social avoidance. I am educated but there is a barrier between knowing what to do and actually doing it. The price of care and medication deepens my depression as I have access to niether. PLease derict me to some one to can help find some free trearment so that I can get back to a normal way of life.

    Rebecca Small

  7. Dear Dr Kenny,

    With a proper prescription, can I get 90 days’ supply of Vyvanse (40 mg) through a Canadian online pharmacy?

    Thank you

    • We really don’t know how that would work. You would have to do further investigation on what is allowable between the USA and Canada regarding mail order prescriptions.

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