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10 Things You Should Know About Vyvanse

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This article was written by a new addition to our team who has significant personal experience with the ADHD medication Vyvanse.

None of the ADHD medications I had tried, Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera and Wellbutrin had helped me much.  Vyvanse has.

First, I go over 10 things I’ve learned from taking Vyvanse for about a year that may help you if you are taking or considering taking it.

These are things you can pretty much only know if you have been taking it for a while – that would have made my life a lot easier had I known when I was starting!

And if you want to learn more about ADHD, see here.

The 10 Things You Should Know About Vyvanse

1) Vyvanse is extremely long lasting

Its half life is about 9 and a half hours give or take an hour or two.  That means that in most people, the medication has some effect for up to 14 hours!  But there is more to the story – see element 8.

2)You can take Vyvanse daily

You can take it every single day of the week, every day of the month, and every month of the year – and it still works!

You hear all the time about people saying they develop tolerance to ADHD medications or they stop working – so I was very scared.  I didn’t want to take Vyvanse every day because it helped so much and I couldn’t stand the thought of it not working anymore.  But thankfully, it seems you can take it daily and it still works!

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3) At the right dose, you might start thinking that it isn’t working anymore eventually.

It seems that a lot of people who take ADHD medications, when they find the right dose and are consistently taking it, don’t really feel like it is doing anything.

Which is wonderful!  Because, for me at least, it means that my personality and who I am are 100% intact – I take Vyvanse and I feel like it doesn’t do anything (but it does!)

Now when I tell you that the Vyvanse still works for me and that I very often worry it has stopped working, you may feel doubtful.  The reason I can say this for sure is that if I try a slightly higher dose, say 50mg instead of 40mg, then I feel way, way, overfocused.  If the 40mg had stopped working, this would not be the case.

4) Vyvanse is d-amphetamine

It turns out that Adderall is made out of d and l-amphetamines.  The l-amphetamine type may be responsible for the weird feeling some people get on Adderall.  It does provide more of a motivational kick, however – but I much rather not have it and feel like myself.

5) Vyvanse is mostly digested in the blood so what you eat likely won’t affect it so much

With some ADHD medications, your diet content really affects how the drug is released.  It turns out that with Vyvanse, most of the action takes place in the blood.  This means that your diet likely won’t affect it so much, but I still don’t drink orange juice in the morning on it.

6) It takes an hour to kick in, and two hours to fully kick in

I take Vyvanse in the morning with a cup of water and have a snack 20 minutes later.  It starts having an effect I can notice at 20 minutes and is ‘fully’ operational (to the point where I trust myself to send emails or work on something) at about 1 hour.

7) Exercising does not seem to change its effects very much.  I can get a 20 minute high intensity cardio work out and still feel the Vyvanse working normally.  This is very important because I love exercising.

8) It becomes weaker at night

When I first took Vyvanse, I felt the difference from 9am in the morning to 9pm at night.  With time, I felt like it stopped working at 7pm and then, increasingly, that it stopped at 5pm.  9am to 5pm is 8 hours.  I started getting depressed and was not able to do things past 5pm; figuring out what’s really going on got me back on track.

At 5pm or 8 hours in, the levels of Vyvanse are about 60% of their peak (for me, at least, and in my estimation).

At 7pm, or 10 hours in, the levels are about 40% of their peak.

At 10pm, or 13 hours in, they are at about 20% of their peak.

How do I know all this?  First, this is my personal experience.  Second, I am basing it off my experiments with Dexedrine instant release.  See the next item.

9) I think there are about 3.3mg of Vyvanse to 1mg of Dexedrine instant release.  I can’t find a number from a reputable site for conversion, but this ratio seems to work and I’ve heard it in several places.

This is important because I’ve found that I need to start taking small doses of Dexedrine at night to keep my levels of d-amphetamine where they need to be (yes, I know how horrible that sounds.  ADHD is not always fun.)

What that means is as follows:  I now take 2.5mg of Dexedrine IR at 6-7pm, 2.5mg at 8pm, and ~4mg more somewhere around 9-10pm. (This is all based on my taking Vyvanse at 9am but I usually take it earlier these days.   When I started, I was so depressed that I was sleeping a lot.)

The reason this is important to you is that you may have a similar experience to mine in that you might need to work on things that take focus or need ADHD symptom relief even at night.  Vyvanse works really, really long, but at the low dose it is at night, I simply can’t function in what is now ‘normal’ to me.

10) Being on Vyvanse for a year has given me stability

I have had more than 40 hobbies in my life and I’m just a college student.  I would go from learning calligraphy, to conducting medical research, to crashing parties, to bike riding, to swimming, to hip hop dance, to studying infectious diseases to… you get the drift.

The ads for Vyvanse say something like “consistently Vyvanse.”  I hate ads and you do too, probably.  But, for the first time in my life, someone called me ‘consistent.’

If being consistent means sticking with a job and performing well, getting promoted and professional recognition, studying for classes, developing meaningful friendships and relationships over time, being able to remember things that happen to me – being happy, sure I’ll take it.

Even if the ADHD part of me does not, does not in any way shape of form like being called ‘consistent.’ =)

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  1. That’s awesome it’s helping you! I will have Try melatonin because I finally got my new 50 persription but I still have to finish the rest of my 60′s and I’ve noticed the 12 to 14hour half live ruins me sleeping wise if I don’t take my med before 9am. I think I just need to reset my circadian clock. Thanks for the tip Em!

    • I have been on Vyvanse for 1 year and it has helped me tremendously. I used to be a student who had NEVER studied for a test , honest. I never thoght i would be a greast student . To sum it up: vyvanse changed my life for the better. I now stufy for classes, and love school. I am more social and I am NOT a robot.. which i felt like when i used to be on concerta. It basically feels like I’m on the drug from the “limitless” movie. I feel like i can do anything (not in a weird way) but it has given me the ability to do whatever i put my mind to and makes me happier and a beter me . I reccomend to take melatonin in the night if u cant sleep (my doc said it was safe) and also drink TONS of water when u take the pill as it will make the whole experience smoother and you will have less negative symptoms . Also plenty of protein and small snacks throughout the day. Coffee can sometimes make you TOO stimulated so be careful . my doctor says no more then one coffee, and i usually only get one because of my addiction to coffee so get a small coffee and you should be great cause this can wake u up . Honestly though if you have never tried it PLEASE DO BECAISE IT ACTUALLY CHANGED MY LIFE AND NEVER LIKED “MEDICATION” . Also, the symptoms die down. The first coupple months i had ticks and shaky hands and NEVER ate but all the symptoms die down, honest. I don’t shake anymore and no more weird spasms in my body. Also, if you have a big meal in the morning it should help with any nausuea or weird feelling from the lack of food . Overall : best new ,medication for ADHD for people from grade 7 to University. wish i had this 10 years ago and I’m 21 now.

  2. I had been diagnosed at age 45 with ADD.  For me, it was mostly expressed in extreme forgetfulness and a profound inability to get things done, no matter how hard I worked.  After diagnosis, I often forgot to take my Adderal, and didn’t really notice that much difference overall.  Then my doctor changed me to Vyvanse and it has worked very well for me. I have hardly any trouble remembering to take it, and have experienced employment success for pretty much the first time in my life.  Everyone needs to find out what works best for them, and I’m so glad that there are now some very effective treatments for this condition.

  3. Elizabeth.  So gald to hear that Vyvanse is working for you.  I had been taking 60MG of Straterra for years and just started taking Vyvanse about 1.5 weeks ago. I take 40 mg a day in the am and it seems to be helping a lot.  I definitely am more focused.  I decided this past Saturday to take the day off from it and see what that was like.  I like the fact that there were no withdrawals from this. I was in my ADHD world for a day and it was overwhelming , busy and fun to some extent but by the end of the day the “TORNADO IN MY HEAD” was gettin’ to my loving sweet wife.  So Sunday was a new Vyvanse day..Good Times..
    There is a book that I do recommend on here.. It’s called  HEALING ADD by Daniel G Amen MD….  It has helped me and others to understand what is up and has helped with behavioral modifications that supplement my medication.   He’s the real deal.  You can get it used off of Amazon.  I’m type 4 and type 6 from the book.   There’s even a test to take that breaks your ADD down into specific types…  Food for thought…  
    God Bless.. We’re all in it together….
    Ross

  4. These comments are all very interesting. I’ve been taking Vyvanse for 10 months now. 20mg for the first 3 months and 30 mg the last 7 months. I feel like it’s working well and I don’t notice much of a change in my personality. Although, after reading some other comments, I’ve realized I no longer day dream (this to me is a great thing!) I’ve spent so much of my life day dreaming about stupid pointless stuff… I don’t miss day dreaming at all. However, the two things I do struggle with are 1) Feelings of xcalated anxiety. I feel more anxcious but can’t say what triggers it and 2) I have trouble sleeping. I take the 30 mg of Vyvanse at about 7:30am but still have issues falling asleep and I know I don’t sleep well through the night. Additionally, when I skip days, I feel ok through the day (no mood swings) but am very tired and usually nap for about 3 hours. Anyway, very informative posts… thanks.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this – I must say, it brought me to tears.   I just started Vyvanse today.  Really looking forward to moving my way into a consistent life.  

  6. I was in my 30s when I was diagnosed with ADD. I knew what it was (runs in the family) and it answered many questions. Unfortunately, giving something a name just means you know what to call it when you want to scream at it! I had tried various medications with varying degrees of unsuccessful results. I stopped looking.

    I started again this year and tried Vyvanse. I didn’t get the “everything falling into place” effect that some do but I do get something out of it. I take 100 mgs per day to be mostly on time, have a vague idea of what I should be doing while I’m there, and actually completing the things I should be doing. Priceless. It takes an hour for it to kick in and I get 12 to 14 hours of moving in the generally correct direction before it wears off. On the downside, I feel irritable, angry and sad at the same time, usually towards the end of the day.

  7. Darren, Emily, et al;
    I’m going on my 6th year with Vyvanse, starting at 40mg a day & 3 months ago boosted from 60 to 70mg. You can find a number of comments I’ve posted over the last few years, and honestly thought that, by now, I would know everything I needed to know about this drug. But with each passing year, the ‘side effects’ have been so numerous and varying in time and intensity, that I can no longer distinguish the original characteristics of my personality or sense of self from the ones I’ve acquired since starting Vyvanse.

    I can’t condemn it, obviously – it still makes a remarkable difference in my ability to concentrate and meet the demands of my job. However, I’ve suffered with ‘emotional’ problems most of my life (I’m 53), and the changes in those emotions since starting Vyvanse have been too numerous to remember them all, and they still continue. I am in no position to tell anyone else how their experience will evolve.

    I’ll admit I’ve given up searching, but I have yet to find any source of information about the long-term effects of Vyvanse – this site is the only one related to it that I ever look at anymore, and I haven’t done that in awhile.
    A year or so ago, I reviewed all of the comments on this site in attempt to find some definitive ‘trend’ that the majority of users experienced – there are horror stories from parents who say their child has been irreversibly damaged from taking Vyvanse, and from people who were currently in a ‘withdrawal’ state but were determined to never take it again.

    The only recurrent ‘trend’ that I could find was how it “affected,” or “deadened,” or “suppressed” certain emotional characteristics that one had otherwise been fairly secure with before starting Vyvanse, and THIS ‘trend’ didn’t begin immediately – I noticed more of these particular complaints were being submitted about 2-3 years after this article was written. I’ve never heard of or read about so many different ‘changes’ people have experienced from this medication more than any other, but the pros and cons are consistently divided about equally in the comments.

    The only opinion I have is my own: I don’t like, or trust, myself or my behavior anymore; I tell myself that maintaining the daily regimen is the only thing that keeps me from losing my 25-year career in the federal government, the only proven and reliable source that keeps my ADD under control. I don’t have a wife or children, no one who is with me enough to accurately describe the specific ‘changes’ I’ve gone through, and that’s my choice, not a self-pity thing.

    But I’ve only gone a little more than one entire day without taking Vyvanse, and the effects, for me, are so extreme that I can’t imagine going longer than 2-3 days at the most without popping one of those suckers as soon as I get up in the morning. To me, it’s amazing that I can be so focused and knowledgeable at work, but I can’t accurately describe exactly how Vyvanse contributes to it, positively or negatively. My only conclusion is that I think this drug is a miracle for what it’s designed to control, but there is some combination of body chemistry and DNA that only allows it to work most effectively on a lot less people than are currently taking it, myself included. For those of you just beginning to take Vyvanse, I sincerely hope it works for you to its highest potential – but for a certain number of you, it will end up erasing a lot of your old problems and replacing them with a brand new set of different ones. Each individual will have to decide for themselves what changes they can accept with taking Vyvanse, and the ones that will make it more trouble than it’s worth.

    We all just want to survive in this world in the best possible way – I hope every one of us makes it, with whatever medication that works best for them, or none at all.

  8. Tony in SC,
    Thanks for your post.  I know there are a lot of new people who come here and post only their experiences from the early stages while taking VyVanse and  stop posting after that.  I appreciate the point of view you posted from “Down the road”. ..I have been on VyVanse now for a while, since late August of this year..I was on Straterra 60 MG for many years before Vyvanse.  My wife has stated that I seem more aggressive sometimes while taking Vyvanse.  I know it helps me a lot to focus and sometimes it seems to help so much that i become HYPER-FOCUSED and can’t just let some things go.  I have tried days without it and my wife will ask ..Have you taken your meds..LOL. I know it’s working.  I am devoid of emotions sometimes but that’s good for me today to some extent. I am not defending Vyvanse..it’s necessary in my life today. I do however want to say something in general however…

    I am a recovering Drug Addict and Alcoholic… I have been sober for 22+ years.  I still attend 12 step recovery meetings and have a personal relationship with God above in my life.  I used to make fun of people who took pills for depression and ADHD stuff.  I was addicted to the rush of emotional craziness and the roller coaster of up and down mood swings..I am not Bi Polar.. I’ve been tested for that…I am extremely self absorbed most of the time.. I once had a therapist tell me”DO NOT READ ANOTHER SELF HELP BOOK”. and just go with the flow of her therapy and talk through things.  This helped me tremendously.

      I love to figure things out..Myself and others especially.  The problem comes when I draw to that alone place and stop forcing myself to call friends and ask them how they are doing and forget about me for a little while.  We do not have kids and my wife works a lot so it’s easy to get spare time and in my head without adult supervision.   My point is that  I have to have other avenues for wellness in my life that aren’t solely reliant on the pill that is VyVanse or Straterra…HOWEVER..I will say that they are a part of this. . I have started workjing out at the YMCA 3 days a week plus..WOW DOES THAT HELP MY CLEAR THE COBWEBS OUT OF MY HEAD.  I attend meetings to try to help others and listen to their problems so I can realize how good I have it cause I quickly forget. I help started helping out with a program to feed homeless people.  I pray and start my day with God and ask Him to remove from me the things which stand in the way of my usefulness to Him and my fellows.  Most of these things I do IN SPITE OF MYSELF.. I Never really feel like going to workout.. I never really feel like calling someone to ask them about themselves but I’m always glad I did after  the fact.  I don’t always feel like going to another meeting and being inconvenienced but I do anyways and I’m grateful most of the time… I am NOT TRYING TO PREACH..Please hear me.  I am coming form a warm and loving place on this and not a soapbox … I am a person resistant to change in a world full of change.  I am simply stating this because I shouldn’t always be thinking about my problems,myself, and looking at the news that keeps me down,  Instead I need  get into life a little bit.  Maybe even just take a walk to calm my head… 

    I read a book by Dale Carnegie called How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that was powerful.  I feel love for the world most days now and some days I still try to go Med free only to come running back..But the thing that has changed is I try to be grateful for what I do have .. Sometimes I have to even write a gratitude list because I’m so dense and become so pessimistic… Anyhoo..  God Bless everyone here and take care.  

    P.S.- I  remember how much I hated positive people because I thought they were all full of crap and that they didn’t understand my circumstances.. .. I now realize that Yeah some of them are crazy and fooling themselves but there is some credence to laughing a lot and NOT TAKING MYSELF SO DAMN SERIOUSLY..That’s RULE 62

    God Bless

    • Big Daddy,

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! I can’t tell you how long I have been searching the web for “my story”… With what you posted, I HAVE FOUND IT!!!

      I too am 22 years clean and sober and KNOW that I have ADHD. I have struggled with it my entire life. Also, I’ve struggled with the concept of taking medication for this disorder and didn’t want to take anything that could possibly interfere with my recovery.

      At this point in my life (I’m 46) I am sick and tired of living with the problems that ADHD has caused and am in the process of receiving counseling and diagnosis.

      I have studied, studied, and studied the different medications and finally have settled on Strattera since it is a non-stimulant, but now I just don’t know.

      Can’t tell you how much I would love (desperate) to be able to discuss this with someone that is in recovery and would welcome an email or response from you.

      Are you still taking Vyvanse? Have you noticed a craving or tolerance? Does the medicine make you crash?

      Again, thank you for sharing. It meant so much!

      • Dave: Congratulations on your 22nd year of clean & sober. My best friend lost his son when he didn’t know his son was treating his ADD issue by drowning it in alcohol. Only to succumb to liver failure at 40 year old. I have taken Straterra before however, it was discovered that my heart palpitation was somehow related to this drug. After Straterra, it was Concerta, Focalin, Vyvanse, and now back to Concerta (36 mgx2). Vyvanse at 70 mg worked well, however, as I avoided being “overly focused” which caused me to be somewhat irritable and impatient with others. I changed back to Concerta when I felt that Vyvanse may be losing its effect after a year of use. Perhaps it is really a change of environment that one needs to stimulate ones focus. Having said that, I think I better get off this computer….. good luck. God bless.

  9. my son has been fightin this his whole life .teachers in pre k flagged him. i thought he was just bein a boy. his doctor said was the worse case he had seen in years. we tried several several types of meds nothin worked. last resort we did ritalian ,a whole new child like dr jekle mr hyde , he is eleven now an has been without meds for a year. reason bein he wanted to go live with his dad. dad does not beleive he needs meds.the school finally stepped in because that was a awful mess him tryin to sit still for 6 to 8 hrs a day .dont think so his new dr has put him on this med an it is worring me to death becuz im not there to monitior him.one in the past he did nt do well with time released meds burns them off an then he kinda loses it. he has also on one med said he just wanted to die . this is so scary for me becuz at this time we are miles an miles apart. .i can not say what u guys go trough every day but from a mothers point i pray everyday for every single person with this monster they have to learn to control .he had gotten better but bein without meds for a year has messed him up again pretty bad. plz keep my son on ur mind an that this med will work for him he has his whole life ahead of him but i have fought for him every day now for eleven years an i will fight for him with my last breath. good luck to u all an may god help u through this journey he has picked u special ones for i dont know the reason but he has one that is what keeps me goin much luv goin out

  10. As a freshman ivy league student, I thought I needed Vyvanse to combat my ADHD and excel in school, I was wrong. Yes, initially Vyvanse helped me focus, but over time the negative effects began to outweigh the positives. Regardless of what physicians, pharmacists, or pharmaceutical companies say, Vyvanse is an addictive drug. Perhaps the exact chemical compound itself is less addictive than alternatives, but the effects it has on your brain and pscyhe are certainly cause for concern.
    I share my opinions with you out of geniune concern for American adolescents. Vyvanse and similar drugs are not to be taken without warning. There are no longitudinal studies to demonstrate their safety over prolonged use, but in from my own experiences, they are not safe long term. Yeah I graduated and yeah I did well in school, but had I know the pain, self-doubt, panic attacks, tics, generalized anxiety and depression Vyvanse would eventually cause me, I never would have taken it. When I began Vyvanse I did not understand its potency. I didn’t understand that it could change my personality. In retrospect I would have traded the concentration and focus Vyvanse provided me for my mental and physical health without hesitation.
    Vyvanse is a serious drug with real life-altering side effects, please consider this before taking it. Yes Vyvanse can help in the short term, but not without consequences. Before popping that pill and starting down the slippery slope of legitimized (clinically speaking) drug addiction, consider your happiness, sanity and ability to get on a plane without having a panic attack. 
    I wish someone had told me this before I started taking this drug, clearly my doctor had underlying incentives to get me on it, so I’m here to tell you, think this one through.

  11. I appreciate being able to read many experiences with vyvanse. I started taking 40mg 2.5 weeks ago to help with my narcolepsy. I am very sensitive to medication and I usually develop an allergic reaction after a few weeks. Since my first dose, I have not needed any clorezepam and I personally have NOT found it addictive like the anti-anxiety medication I mentioned.

    The first day was definately my best. My moods have been stable and I am prioritizing things better. However, I noticed my cataplexy was happening at an alarming rate per day.

    I was also so exhausted at night that I could hardly wake-up in the morning, which was very unsual. I believe that was from the anti-depressant the Doctor perscribed and since I have stop taking it I feel more balanced. I did speak with the Dr. about it and he offered to give me another anti-depressant or I could lessen the dose. I was diagnosed with my sleep disorder 1.5 years ago. I am a certified elementary teacher and my undergrad is in psychology. I would have never guessed in a million years that I had narcolepsy until I was diagnosed and put the pieces together. I never fell asleep in class until college, but I know I had it in grade school. For parents reading this, please consult a sleep specialist if you are seeking more answers. I have also personally found changing my diet to be incredibly helpful, as gluten or food allergies can mimic symptoms similar to ADD. I have tried to go without medication and I had to resign from my last job because my health was being affected. That was before I knew about the vyvanse. I just hope it contiues to work so well for me. I am also grateful to know that viamin c can interfere as someone mentioned. Does anyone know when you should take vitamin C then…how long after or before the vivanse? Also does anyone have any suggestions on what food are best to eat with it to maximize the effectiveness of vyvanse. Thanks. God Bless.

  12. I have been taking vyvanse for half a year and am going to stop soon. For me it might be the case where it is not appropriate. I have had problems with being scatterbrained, forgetful, losing interest in things fast, and getting really sleepy in the afternoon to where it’s painful to not stop and take a nap. I was on 40 then 60mg and it helped me maintain a level daytime awakeness and focus for the first time which was nice. Unfortunately there are a couple things don’t like. Although I was able to get a lot of things done, they were “mindless” type tasks. I felt like it killed my creativity which I cherish above all else. The innovative and novel connection of ideas were gone and it put me on a liquidy plane where I felt like I could not reach through it to other people. Being zombified is too strong a description but it’s along those lines. The other is that it gave me a sickly sweet body odor. Its not BO from sweating because it starts to happen within 2 hrs just sitting down. If I am sweating it is offensive even outrageous. Changing clothes or showering at midday doesn’t resolve the problem and not possible anyways while I’m working. Over time the smell becomes permanently part of the clothes and basically ruins it. And it made my mouth dry and uncomfortable. Maybe I don’t have ADD, I don’t know, but I’m going to try workarounds like eating a very small lunch, getting fresh vitamins from juicing, brain foods, working out, and yoga to control my symptoms. I’m happy for the people who got relief from vyvanse. I did find it superior to adderall because of its controlled release mechanism. I have read making your system more alkaline increases the bioavailability of vyvanse, for example, taking some Tums. But doing that too much is not good. My legs and hands would get swollen.

  13. I agree 100% with this article. I have been taking Vyvanse for a little less than 4 years now, and it continues to make me “consistent”. I started off on 30mg the summer before my freshman year of college, and I’m now a senior in my final semester of my undergrad degree program. My doctor quickly increased my dosage to 40Mg and 50Mg within the first 8 months, to 60Mg after about 18 months, then to 70Mg after around 3 years which is what I’m currently taking. I’ve noticed the best regimen for me personally is to set two different alarms in the morning – one to get up and take the Vyvanse, and one set about an hour and fifteen minutes later – to actually get out of bed. Typically, by the time my second alarm goes off, I’m already either awake or in a very light sleep, making it easy to get out of bed and resist the temptation of hitting the snooze button (I have trouble with snoozing my alarm sometimes). I normally keep by bottle of pills by the refrigerator, and have a glass of milk already poured in the fridge so that I don’t take it on an empty stomach, and so that I don’t get too awake to fall back asleep. I just thought maybe this could help someone who isn’t exactly a morning person like myself.

  14. My doctor asked me to take it at night (???) so I took Vyvase 20mg around 11pm, before going to bed. Here’s the deal, it’s past 5am and I can’t sleep!!! Who said this was taken at night because it makes u sleepy? Or said that around night it cannot function properly? What do I do? Please help! This was my first time, I’ve been going from one drug to another to another,nothing so far suits me. This one seems good, I feel fine just that I’m done re-reading for my paper about 5 times and sleeping before your paper is imp to me.

    • I take it in the a.m. to help me wake up. I don’t know why you would take it before bed. I don’t, however, have ADHD.

  15. I have been diagnosed with bipolar and ADHD, and I convinced myself that both were all in my head. After a few years I accepted my diagnosis and I have been on trials of medications. Over the holidays I “took a beak” from the meds and jumped back on them after the holidays and WOW. Vyvance has literally saved my ass in college. Thank you for posting this, it was very informative and helpful! I had to look up on the Orange Juice thing though. Besides that I’m still trying to find my proper dose and I can tell it works. It’s just hard when you have been taking it consistently and waiting for a response. Anyways, thanks again!

  16. I am 53 who was feeling overwhelmed, couldnt think straight and suffered with anxiety. I was diagnosed with ADD (which I have had since childhood) and now I am on Vyvance. I have lost 15lbs, it makes me hyper and seems to put me in a happy frame of mind…honestly, I am not sure how this is supposed to slow my brain down when I find myself full of energy and in a good mood. I am still unsure how Vyvance is suppose to work with my brain chemicals to help me with anxiety, ocd, and obsessive thinking. Is anyone able to follow me on this? How is it actually working for you???

    • Lesley, Having gone through the same journey as you, medication like Vyvanse, has allowed me to sort out the overwhelming feelings of frustration. To me, it helped reduce the “what-ifs” & doubts that seemed to surround every issue on my mind. I used to “dwell” myself to a state of anxiety.
      Vyvanse, to me, didn’t “slow the brain down” but it did “clear” the brain of “crap” that somehow clutters the mind. When it does this, I can focus on whatever task is at hand. Things like reading (and focusing) through instructions books and diagrams (that I previously carelessly muddled through) was a pleasant surprise. This medication helped me methodically and clearly deal with issues, tasks, and problems that were previously overwhelming for me. However, having said that, I still have problems focusing on which task I should be taking care of – setting priorities remains a challenge.

    • I started taking Vyvanse last year after being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 36. It has been life changing for me. I used to struggle with panic disorder to the point where I was agoraphobic, and ballooned in weight due to depression…no more. I take 70 mg plus 30 mg Dexedrine booster…I have lost 50 lbs and NO MORE PANIC ATTACKS! The only panic attack i have had in a year is when I ran out of meds due to an insurance glitch. I find that any OCD behavior that goes along with anxiety (the what -ifs, as Zman posted) is gone. I do still have some issues with focus, but I am not a mess anymore…and knowing that you can face the day without freaking out makes you feel 100% better.

  17. I am 16 years old. My parents had been wanting me to take vyvance for quite a while so I eventually caved in. Here is what I have to say:

    Please, do not take this. If you are taking this, please get off of it. The fact that they can prescribe this drug is near satanic. I’ve been on it for 4 months, and I’m stopping today. I’ve lost friends, my personality, interest, and my girlfriend of 2 years. This drug is exactly that, a drug. It’s terrible. The first month, I loved it. It made me awake and I was doing great in school. But nothing, NOTHING, can replace who I am. I’m throwing these away today.

    If they are working for you, then good; I’m happy for you. But if you haven’t taken these, or are thinking about it, please, please, don’t take this piss.

  18. I am 18 years old, finishing up my senior year in highschool. I attended a private school my whole life but was extremely lazy and my mother didnt believe in ADHD. After my 8th grade year she put me in a public school since i wasn’t “applying” myself in my private school and it was wasting money. My boyfriend my freshman year suggested i take some of his old 40 mg vyvanse because he swore I had adhd, and i took it everyday from March-April and my grades went all up to A’s. i could concentrate in class, I wanted to do school work for the first time in my life. When we broke up in the beginning of may, right before exams, I knew i had to tell my mother why my grades had been so good, and that my exams weren’t going to go well. that summer I got tested, and they started me on 30 mg of vyvanse. I took it all summer and into my sophomore year. About october of my sophomore year it started to wear off during school hours, so they boosted me up to 40, 3 months later i noticed that wasn’t lasting long enough at night to finish my homework, so they boosted me straight up to 60, and I stayed on that throughout my sophomore year and junior year. I now am still in highschool and I work 40 hours a week, staying past 11 at my job every school night, while in 2 college classes, and my school starts at 7 AM. They put me on 70 mg and prescribed me 10 mg of adderall for the afternoons before i go to work, the first time i took it, it made me sleepy. I stopped taking it. The 70 mg is working just fine now, but going from 30 mg to 70 in just 3 years, for an 18 year old 120 pound girl, is apparently not good, considering 70 mg is the highest dosage. WHAT DO I DO?!

  19. You speaking of yourself before Vyvanse sounds just like me!!! Thank you very helpful!!!

  20. Losts of comments. Everyones different and certainly will react differently to new med being introduced to you daily routnie. I suffer from ADHD and OCD and it really has been a sruggle my entire life. Ten years ago I was introduced to Cipralex and it really has made a big difference with anxiety and my thoughts, I am on a high doesage at 60mg and for the most part suffer limited side-effects. I have always been driven but consently make mistakes in my sales role. I was perscribed 40mg of Vyvanse. I took my first dose today and woke up excited to potentially start a new chapter in my life. It has been an odd day; certainly more focused. In fact I have read all day which is not something I do a lot of. My mind was not scattered but seemed too busy. I certainly felt anxiety but not overwhelming. It being my first day I just really wanted to experience a higher level of concentraction. I believe that was accomplished. I also have a history of drug abuse. I feel good about my first day but can someone tell me if this prescribed medication can reduce drug urge. I do not want another drug problem.

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