Vyvanse--anyone heard about it?

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by pepperidge, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. pepperidge

    pepperidge New Member


    The makers of Adderall have come out with a "new" ADHD drug Vyvanse. Has anyone heard anything about it? Better/worse than Adderall?

    thanks for input...

  2. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member

    Not yet. I will be looking at the responses, too!
  3. Kali

    Kali New Member

    I read an ad about it, and was going to do some research soon and ask the doctor about it at daughter's next appointment. I was a bit excited by the fact that it can last longer.
  4. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    It's Vyvanse and was approved February for the treatment of children 6-12. It's a Schedule II Controlled Substance like the other stims.
  5. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Is it just a version of Adderall that works longer or is it a different drug than Adderall?
  6. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Not exactly. Vyvnase is lisdexamfetamine dimesylate; Adderal is mixed amphetamine salts. Vyvnase converts to dextroamphetamine in the gastrointestinal tract. Dexedrine is dextroamphetamine and Adderall has two types of dextroamphetamine in it.
  7. pepperidge

    pepperidge New Member

    Nobody seems to have any experience with it?
  8. evanoh

    evanoh New Member

    I am not a parent, but a 29 year old male who has gone through most of the ADHD medication throughout my life (ritalin, dexadrine,adderall, and now vynase). I have a perscription for adderall, and now vynase as well. They differ in several ways. The vynase seems to be a bit more difficult on my stomach. It does have similiar stimulant effects as adderall, but they seem to be to a lesser degree. I like this drug, but it was far to strong as perscribed. I must open each capsule and remove a third to a half of the contents before taking. As a former medicated child, I want to urge all parents not to overmedicate your child. Taking adhd medication is a tough decision with benefits and drawbacks on both sides. First, realize that you child will rarely tell you about side effects on their own. I simply thought whatever side effects there were must be natural and harmless since I got it from a doctor. The most common and unrecognized one is stomach issues. This stuff (all adhd stims) are VERY caustic to the stomach. I think that I suffer stomach issues to this day. Feed your child a full breakfast each morning before administering the medications. Also, make sure to give your child the lowest possible dose. I was always over-medicated, but did not realize until I was much older. I recommend lowering the dosage until desired effect is lost, and then slightly raising it. Things may have changed, but when I was in school, this was definately not the case. The Dr. always recommended taking more, and as a child, I didn't see any problem. I also recommend that all parents take the medication that their children do atleast once to see the effects first hand. You cannot claim to understand the effects until you have felt them. I often hear people say that these medications affect people with ADHD differently than people without it, complete bunk. Just like many anti-psychotic medications simply "shut down" the brain to prevent the negative behavior, these drugs simply "shut down" the impulse section of the brain. The effects are extremely similiar to the street drug known as "meth amphetamine". This does not mean that they cannot help or be benificial to kids that need them. I am simply urging parents to know what the effects of the drugs are first hand, and to give the lowest possible dose. Children will not inform you of issues that you would easily notice (I didn't!). Besides, if you could not safely take one of them, would you give it to your child daily?
  9. David Hallen

    David Hallen New Member

    I am familiar with Vyvanse, which I assume is the same medication.
    First, there are a variety of dosages. Rather than mess with your pills and cutting them or emptying them, why not just have your doctor prescribe a lower dosage? That makes no sense.

    Further, to say that the effect of ADHD medication is to "Shut down" the brain (or to say it of anti-psycotics) is more than misleading, it is completely incorrect.

    For a more reliable understanding of what ADHD medications do, it is best to check the manufacturer's website or consult your doctor.

    Basically, some time ago, it was found that stimulants for people with ADHD had a different reaction than expected. The stimulants helped the patients focus more, thus relieving many of the problems focusing during cognitive learning and functioning.

    If one has ADHD, a dosage that is too high could actually result in somnolence, whereas if someone else took the medication, they may feel speedy.

    That's just a general description. Again, any medication page or manufacturer's page would explain the process in greater detail.

    I had little success with Ritalin, Metadate, Concerta. I had more success with AdderallXR, although it made me overfocus on things for hours. Vyvanse has given me back clarity of thought without feeling as medicated as AdderallXR.

    That is my experience.
  10. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    After using all the other stims over the years, my 7 year old gd, my 18 year old gs and my 22 easy child/difficult child are all on this medication with-o side effects. The psychiatrist has found that most of his adult and pediatric patients do well with this new choice. DDD
  11. wethreepeeps

    wethreepeeps New Member

    My son's doctor said Vyvanse is much easier on the liver than Adderall and he'd like to see all of his patients that respond well to Vyvanse switched off of Adderall.
  12. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member

    Hi, pepperidge.

    My difficult child has been on Vyvanse for some time now. It has been more effective for him than Concerta (e.g., helping him stay focused in school), and it definitely lasts longer (probably by 3-5 hours). difficult child also said he felt better on Vyvanse, although he couldn't really explain in detail.

    Hope this helps!
  13. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    My easy child uses Vyvanse and it has been really good for her. I think at times, like with other stimulants, it does affect her appetite, she eats more on weekends when she doesn't take the Vyvanse.
  14. jannie

    jannie trying to survive....

    My 12 year old has been on vyvanse since October 07 and it has been very helpful. He initially was on the 30 mg dosage and this was too high for him. I did have to sprinkle some out...when he first started that did not yet make the 20 mg version. Now he takes 20 mg and vyvanse makes it in a 20 mg dosage. I personally know four other kids taking it and they all take 50 mg. It seems to last a long time and seems to be very smooth.
  15. Burndoubt

    Burndoubt Burndoubt

    Our difficult child's been on it for a little over a year now, and he claims to like it much better than the Concerta, Strattera & Rittalin (from waaay back when). He says it doesn't make him shaky like the others did. However, after a few months, the dosage that claims to last 12 hours seemed to last only about 9 hours (he's on the 40 dosage), and it has never done diddly for his impulse control issues, JUST the hyperactive 'spazzyness', as his sister calls it.;)
    in my opinion, it helps quite a bit and seems to carry less side effects, but just like all the rest, it's not a miracle drug.
  16. evanoh

    evanoh New Member

    I felt the need to comment on this person's response. I don't spend much time reading these types of boards, but I felt that my experience could be beneficial to some of the children whose parents might read this. Use common sense, and do your own research. These drugs can be extremely beneficial, but their side effects should be taken very seriously. These drugs have been put through the least amount of testing possible by law before bringing them to market and there have been no tests done on long term effects. While I wouldn't go as far as comparing these drugs to Thalidomide, the lesson should be the same. My comments are in red.