Vyvanse Works For Adult ADD & ADHD

A new study was just released which documents that Vyvanse works for Adults with ADD and ADHD.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a new medication for ADD and ADHD, which is currently approved for ADHD in children, aged 6-12.
Shire, the makers of Vyvanse, have applied to the FDA for approval for Vyvanse to be indicated in Adults.
This study documents that it works, and will hopefully help to make this medication more available to adults with ADD/ADHD.
To read more details of this new study, click here.

To read real life stories on whether Vyvanse works, visit this post on my blog – and be sure to scroll down (and please consider sharing your story!).

Dr. Kenny
[tags]Vyvanse, ADHD, Medication for ADHD[/tags]

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  1. Vyvanse Works For Adult ADD & ADHD…

    Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a new medication for ADD and ADHD, which is currently approved for ADHD in children, aged 6-12. Shire, the makers of Vyvanse, have applied to the FDA for approval for Vyvanse to be indicated in Adults….

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    Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a new medication for ADD and ADHD, which is currently approved for ADHD in children, aged 6-12. Shire, the makers of Vyvanse, have applied to the FDA for approval for Vyvanse to be indicated in Adults….

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    Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a new medication for ADD and ADHD, which is currently approved for ADHD in children, aged 6-12. Shire, the makers of Vyvanse, have applied to the FDA for approval for Vyvanse to be indicated in Adults….

  4. Vyvanse Works For Adult ADD & ADHD…

    Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a new medication for ADD and ADHD, which is currently approved for ADHD in children, aged 6-12. Shire, the makers of Vyvanse, have applied to the FDA for approval for Vyvanse to be indicated in Adult…

  5. Good day,
    I’m 30 and i have ADHD, I have spent most of my life with out medication and i’m fine, a bit mad in the head but who it not these days.
    I was put onto medication when i was a small child, and the only thing that happend was i became a Zombie, so my family stopped the drugs and i started Tie-Won-Do. which worked great.
    i got out all my frustration and energy and i learned to focus.
    Is your drug like Rittalin, or what ever it was call that they put me on?

    Kind regards

    Darkone

  6. Hello everyone,

    I am 33 and have ADD. My 6 year old son was diagnosed last year with ADHD which lead to my diagnosis. Initially he was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction at 2 years old. We have seen a couple different therapist since and both concluded that it is definately ADHD. My husband and I automatically decided that medication was not an option because we had heard all the horror stories about Ritalin and the like. He has progressively become harder and harder for us to “control” and almost failed kindergarten. Medication is now being considered. We spoke with our pediatrician and also with our primary care about different options. We have decided to try Vyvanse, but I am taking it first to see how it effects me. I took my first dose 30mg about a half hour ago and am REALLY hoping for good results. I would like to take the same meds as my son if possible so he doesn’t feel like he’s different and will hopefully be more willing to take meds if we’re in it together! I will post my experience with Vyvanse periodically. Good luck to all of you.

  7. vyvanse not sure which dose works better yet 40 or 50mg. However,I suffer from major depression and panic disorder for years and am not sure what medications work best to get me motivated and feeling better. I currently take klonopin, prozac, zyprexa, soma, percocet and vyvanse-doing somewhat better but any other ideas would greatly be appreciated to tell my Dr.

    Sincerely,

    Sharon

  8. Hello! I am now 26 and was just recently diagnosed with ADHD in December. First I tried Strattera, which I felt did nothing. Then I was put on Concerta and didn’t really have any success with that either. The day I went to the Doctors she checked my blood pressure and I had not taken the medicine for 5 days prior and my blood pressure was high. I have never had this problem before. I have not been as active in the last year as I used to be, but I would still like to consider myself a pretty healthy person. The Doctor then prescribed me Vyvanse 40mg, the first couple days it really felt like it was working but I was also drinking coffee in the morning with it. Now coffee has never actually done anything for me as far as energy goes until I took it while on ADHD medication. With the coffee, sometimes my chest would feel uncomfortable, it’s a feeling I really can’t describe. So, with that I started to really think about how much blood pressure got higher and about my heart. I started researching things to help lower your blood pressure, as I do not want to be on any other medications. I completely changed my diet around to include sprouted grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, organic skimmed milk and I also have been drinking apple cider vinegar mixes twice a day, because I read these things can help with high blood pressure. I am sure at my next appointment she will tell me my blood pressure is better, because I feel so much better myself. My question is though, if I maintain a lifestyle like this (including exercise) and continue to take the medication, can I avoid the effects stimulants can cause on your heart and blood pressure?

  9. Hi! I’ve been reading all over the Internet about Vyvanse. On 3/26/10 I was prescribed 20mg to start off. I am not hyper in any way nor have I ever been, so I have the non-hyper form of ADHD (ADD). I am wondering how this drug can work for both the hyper form and the non-hyper form of ADHD. How can the drug calm down one person and also give energy to a non hyper person? Since I have taken the drug I haven’t noticed any change in myself whatsoever except that I could sleep longer than usual in the morning. At night before I go to bed I drink 1-2 glasses of red wine and I fall asleep very quickly, sometimes I dream pretty vividly, but other than that, I sleep great. I do wish that I wanted to get out of bed quicker than I do in the morning. My next visit to my doctor is 3 weeks from 3/26/10 to see how this drug has been working for me. I am also taking Cymbalta-60mg and Vitamin D, and Lisinopril-10mg. I am a 45 year old married mom. My son has been struggling in the 6th grade, but my daughter is a senior in high school and she has amazing grades. Neither of my children take medication of any kind. I am praying that I can help my son turn around his study habits during this last 8 weeks of school so that he will be successful in school. He is very much a leader and a strong, god-loving boy, he has his moments though. He is a drummer in the band at school. I am praying that he won’t ever have to be on any kind of medication and that I can help him be successful without meds. Thanks for listening. Any advice for me to get up and get motivated would be greatly appreciated. I could stay in bed all day long everyday and play on my computer and watch tv!!! I have to get up and get something done! Help!!!

  10. I am a 47 yr old female who is just now beginning to treat my ADD. I have been to counceling recently and it was recommended that I get tested for ADHD…which I have known for years I had. As suspected, I am ADHD.

    I have been taking 30mg for 1 week and I have some questions for any women my age that has taken this drug.

    First, how long did it take for your body to adjust to it (meaning..the highs and lows and various other side affects).

    Second, does the afternoon crash that hits stay forever, or is this something that will subside in time? This is what I find the most unpleasant.

    The crazy thirst has already subsided, but the drug seems to work for a few hours and then I feel the decline…causing me to get very quiet and lethargic.

    Would appreciate any feedback on my two biggest questions….thanks.

  11. Hello CJ,
    I am 52 and was diagnosed after my son was diagnosed. I always knew something was wrong and have misdiagnosed for the last 20 years. Anyway, this is my 5th day on Vyvanse and so far I’m just not sure.
    First hour it kicks in it feels like too much, then for the next 5 hours I feel pretty good. Then about the seventh hour I start to feel very sleepy and don’t want to interact with anyone and get very quiet. I’m only taking 20 mg as I am very sensitive to most drugs. Am also on hormone replacement so wanted to take it slow. I see my doc in a week so I’ll see what she says. My son (15) takes morning dose of Vyvanse(7:30 Am) and then at 2:30 he takes a small dose of quick release adderal; something to consider.

  12. I have been taking vyvanse 30 mg. for almost a year, and feel that maybe it needs to be bumped up. I also suffer from panic disorder and depression. I take 5mg. of ritalin with the vyvanse in the am to jump start it, but really isn’t helpful, would adderal short acting with vyvanse be a better choice or should the vyvanse be increased? Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank You!

    Sincerely,

    Abby

    • Probably you need a higher dose of vyvanse. Having short acting adderall probably makes more sense as it is very close to the same active medicine as vyvanse, whereas ritalin is a different medicine.

  13. I have been taking vyvanse 30 mg. for almost a year, and feel that maybe it needs to be bumped up. I also suffer from panic disorder and depression. I take 5mg. of ritalin with the vyvanse in the am to jump start it, but really isn’t helpful, would adderal short acting with vyvanse be a better choice or should the vyvanse be increased? Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank You!

    Sincerely,

    Abby

    • Abby – it is probably better to take short acting adderall with the vyvanse – because they are in the same group of medicines.
      When it comes to your vyvanse – why not try to get your doctor to increase the dose?

  14. Im a solider who has been diagnosed with PTSD and Depression. Since I got back from Iraqi the treatment Ive been on Help me to open my eyes to realize the other thing that made me more expectable to these problem. I asked my Doctor is it possible that I could have ADHD because I have been reading about disorders; And he said yes if you had it before you went to war you can possible have. So I decide to go see a personal doctor with my Medicare issuance; after talking with her about how i feel she prescribed me Vyvance 30 mg which since I’ve been using has help me greatly with my mental state with my PTSD, Depression, and ADHD; which i think the other condition were more likely to happen to me in the future because of my untreated ADHD as a child. Now I’m in a Pilot Ground school in College to be a pilot and everything feels so easy and I’m on top the upper 2% of my class. I have open my Life up to Possibility of greatest.

  15. I hope the FAA doesn’t look down on that type of success.
    I think I will a better pilot for getting that help.
    and safer, I even drive less recklessly. I’m more Focused and Patience.

    I now understand Slow is Fast and Fast is Slow.

  16. Ha, another crackhead forum.

    You guys are drug addicts, I’m on vyvanse myself, 40mg once a day, and I really have ADD, I’ve been on it for 2 weeks now, and I already don’t feel the kick in the morning, I actually barely feel it now, but IT IS WORKING.

    You don’t have to feel it work, if you are chasing that feeling, you are doing nothing more than chasing the Dragon like a heroin addict, you will never catch the dragon.

    Relax, it’s working, I don’t feel it as much, but I know it’s working because my life has changed, and keeps changing, I’m able to quit smoking and keep up, and the amazing thing is that I can smoke one now and then, and never go back to smoking more!

  17. Thanks for the idea of adding short acting adderal in the afternoon. I could also ask my
    d dr. to up the vyvanse to 40, so either way its something to think about. Abby

  18. I have notice that once you find the right amount side effect go away I thought going down a little bit would eliminate the side effects but in fact the opposite 40mg I had but a 50mg got rid of them. Also I do not think this should be percribed for kids because you really have to manage yourself water intake eating three meals a day and taking vitiamn. And don’t let yourself get constipated. Really got to be healthy to watch the way you react to it
    Also easy to stop smoking and slow my drinking greatly and I do mean greatly.

  19. Hi there, my name is Dennis and had add or adhd all my life , trouble sleeping went through extensive drug use and finally got help after getting clean of meth. The doctor put me on concerta 16, nothing, then 32 was alright not much better though.The 54′s were accompanied with horrible side effects but could focus good finally what i wanted but not worth the side effects , back down to 32 still bad now back down to 16 and kept asking for something else and kept trying diffirent stuff. like cipralex.. had bad experience with that with the methylphenidate. so seeing a psych … any suggestions??? marijuana only thing that helps for everything… focus, eating problems that were still from the meth … almost got over it now the methylphendate is doing an awesome job again at losing weight. i hate the crap now… neeed some help

  20. I take Vyvanse and have taken lots of others before that….well, it seems to work best when you first start taking it…

    I take days off during the month so it’s more like my brain just started on it…when you start again.

    Try to make sure you get a solid 8 hours of sleep…and a good amount of protein during your day. Sleep and nutrition are very important.

    You could add an amino acid…Tyrosine…and that that might help. Plus take a vitamin daily…B-complex especially and Magnesium too is important…which you can get alot from Chocolate. (magnesium)

  21. I am 45 and was just recently diagnosed with ADD. So I have had this all my life and didn’t know it. I just knew that something was wrong. I self-medicated with alchohol and street drugs, mostly marijuana to escape the pain. Then at age 30 I got sober through a spirit filled life. Last year my depression and self-loathing was so extreme that I almost did not make it through. I was talking candidly to a new friend about how much I hated myself, and for no apparent reason. He said that he knew exactly how I felt and that he had tried something called Vyanse that changed his life. I am super sensitive to medications and did not want to try it. But my friend insisted. I did it. It was 70 mg. It changed my life!!! I had no idea that a pill could make me feel what most normal people have felt their whole lives. It was euphoric at first, but what was most profound is that my deep depression and self-hate was completely gone! Just like that! Gone! My mind was clear. My thoughts stopped racing. And there was a gentle happy feeling deep inside that was for no apparent reason. I feel like this med is nothing short of a miracle. I found a doctor. Asked for 60 mgs and have been perfectly sane, grounded, focused, and kinda happy for the past 3 months. At first the effects were a little strong, bruxism, insatiable thirst, and difficulty falling asleep. But I stuck with it because the depression was gone and I knew that I would level out eventually. Now I am going into 90 days of 60 mgs per day and I feel totally NORMAL. All undesirable side effects gone. I miss the first few days of euphoria and magical bliss that I experienced in the beginning, who wouldn’t; but I am so completely satisfied with who I am now that I just had to share my story. I cannot believe that I lived for 45 years in misery, coping and surviving one day at a time; when all I had to do was adjust my brain chemistry. I am so grateful! My advice to those having less than positive experiences on lower doses is to go for the 60′s or 70′s. You could be amazed! Good luck to all of you!!!

  22. I have suspected myself of being ADHD for a long time. I was involved in a relationship that was full of crisis and it slipped off my radar. I imagine this was due to the fact that I was hyperfocused on that and a masters program I was deeply entrenched in. I can focus, but its hyperfocus to the point that my bones ache, my neck and shoulders focus and I lose total track of time. Once these elements were out of the picture I saw me again. The hyperactivity in me is fidgety, not just running around though I do my fair share of that. I am recently evaluated as ADHD, there was no question with the screenings of my sessions with my psych. Just started with Vyvance and wow I get it immediately. I’m on the lowest dosage of 20 mg, it doesn’t seem to stay for 9 hours though, I imagine I will have my dosage increased but my closest analogy is that of a back problem I had for over a year. I was in nearly constant pain and through a bunch of different treatments, exercises, massages, chiro, accu, I finally started to be pain free. I recall the day I noticed it, bc it wasn’t like eureka, it was more like wait something is missing, I feel ok, no pain. I don’t have pain with ADHD except for the pain I get from being so frustrated that I couldn’t do things fast enough and it was painful to have to fully complete anything. I can focus now. I can take stock and complete. Gone is the icky feeling that arises when all the tasks build up and I can’t get them done one by one. So I am very, very grateful to have discovered this medication and diagnosis. I urge others to investigate what it is to have ADHD and to be proactive about it. Its not something that your gp or even your therapist will notice. I suspect that my father had it and its quite evident that both my sons are also affected by it. I will have them evaluated asap. I look forward hopefully instead of with dread that I can do and finish what I start!

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