Vyvanse

by Tony di Varmo

My name is Tony di Varmo and I have been taking Vyvanse for ADHD for about 3 months now. It makes me feel great and concentrate but one of the side effects is a pounding heart which concerns me. It also affects my blood pressure and makes it rise significantly which is not good.


I wish I could take a natural substance instead of an amphetamine. I tried Adderall but the side effects were enormous including pounding heart, intense anxiety, cold sweats, and nausea. I am sick of prescription drugs. I am still trying to find natural substances that will do the same thing without the side effects.

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Jul 25, 2016
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out side heat
by: Anonymous

I have been taking Vyvanse for over two years i work outside in the south all my life. It seems that i can not take the heat ( june, july, august,med 90-- to 100) like i did before taking vyvance. I am a supervisor working for the state i live in, building and repairing bridge i needs the med to help me stay on task. Is it the meds or me just getting older start at 57 now 59

Apr 19, 2016
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Help
by: Worried mother

My son was just diagnosed with ADD. He was given vyvanse. I am however afraid to give it to him after reading side effects and other comments. I worry about him changing and becoming a different child. He just has a hard time concentrating in school. But he not hyper. What things should I watch for once I decide to give it to him. How will I be able to tell if it is working? My son is almost 9.

Jan 06, 2016
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Brain Balance
by: Tommy

Does anyone have experience with the "Brain Balance" program for children ?

Dec 05, 2015
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vyvanse
by: Anonymous

I've been on vyvanse for about 4 months. At first it changed my life. I could finely think clearly and focus.However, I'm not sure if it's something I did or if it's the vyvanse. I used to take two 30mg tablets, one tablet mid morning and the other one in mid afternoon. I couldn't study during these hours due to living in a very small house with my disabled mom so I started going to bed at 8am and gettin up at 4am and my doctor increased me to one 70mg tablet. I started this schedule and was focused and great till about ten am. Then I became a moody walking zombie for the rest of the day. It was terrible. I am now attempting to find the right schedule to counteract the severe day crash. And I know adhd will not go away with meds and I know amphetamines are not that good for our hearts but when I took this med my life changed. I never could make sense of anything before, never really could even talk articulartly or say how I felt. Lost some jobs because of this. This med helps.

Oct 11, 2015
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Bran, your feelings are deceptive
by: TJ

Bran, your feelings are deceiving you. Since I'm an adult with ADHD that requires no medication to control any symptoms, it is pretty clear that I absolutely understand. I don't know if you have ADHD or not but wouldn't surprise me if you don't.

You can ramble off the medical bullshit (rewiring, dopamine) but it isn't the case. There are many underlying issues which all get discussed on this website. People use the information I provide and change their lives. Parents have told me their child no longer needs medication and they no longer need my help.

Why? Because the information I provide helped them and they know exactly what to do.

Guess what. The answer wasn't a rewire or dopamine.

Oct 09, 2015
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ADHD isn't curable
by: Bran

I feel like TJ doesn't understand. ADHD isn't curable, it is only manageable. What you call hiding the symptoms IS managing them given that there isn't a cure. That is the point. So, yes, the medicine does exactly what it was made to do...manage the symptoms. If you wanted to get to the root of your symptoms then you would have to permanently rewire your brain to cure ADHD symptoms...that isn't possible. You can only alleviate them. I.E. Manage them.

For some people, excercise is enough dopamine to manage them. Other people need more than that.

Aug 19, 2015
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NEED TIPS..CANT STAND TO SEE MY SON WITH THE MEDS AND WITHOUT.DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO...
by: Anonymous

HELLO I CAME ACROSS THIS PAGE IN HOPE OF FINDING OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES OR ANYTHING THAT IS NATURAL.MY SON IS GOING ON 9 YEARS OLD AND HAS BEEN TAKING VYVANSE 25MG FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. A MONTH AGO IT WAS INCREASED TO 30 MG. I HATE TO SEE HIS MOOD SWINGS ONCE THE EFFECT IS GOING AWAY.I JUST WIDHED THERE WAS SOMETHING WE CAN GIVE OUR KIDS THAT DOESNT AFFECT THEM IN THEIR EATING HABBITS AND ANXIETY AND MOOD SWINGS. CAN SOMEONE PLS GIVE ME ANY HELPFUL TIPS.I GET VERY SAD WHEN I SEE MY SON SUFFERING IN NOT BEING ABLE TO CONTROL HIMSELF. I DONT GIVE HIM THE MEDS ON THE WEEKENDS NOR ON SUMMER.CAN SOMEONE PLS EMAIL ME ANY HELPFUL TIPS ON WHATEVER PERTAINING TO ADHD. MY EMAIL IS any info will be great. thanks in advance

Jan 19, 2015
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Medications Don't Address anything
by: TJ Chambers

David,

As I stated, medications only hide symptoms. This appears as resolving, or helping symptoms, but will make your condition worse over time.

It is up to every person to decide what it is they want to do. It is my job to make sure everyone knows what they are doing and how they can help themselves without the harmful medications.

Jan 18, 2015
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ADD
by: Anonymouspattie

David am awaiting my NaturaRelief for ADD...had some good reviews...will keep you posted.

Jan 17, 2015
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Medication Helps Me
by: david

Well, despite 'dr.' Chambers expert analysis, medication certainly helps me. Vyvanse increases my focus, productivity, and even my mood. Does it 'cure' my ADHD? Nope, there is no cure. But it does address the symptoms which makes my whole life better.

I would certainly give Synaptol a try.

Jan 15, 2015
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Rx vs non
by: pattie

Well as I'll never see 70 again right now am looking for quality of life for the remaining years left....

Jan 15, 2015
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It doesn't
by: Tj Chambers

Medication only covers symptoms. The problem is still there but only seems like it is gone or not as bad when the symptoms are covered. Medications come with their own problems of damaging the body which not only makes your symptoms worse over time but they create their own symptoms.

Jan 15, 2015
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Synaptol vs Vyvanse
by: patrice

How does Vyvanse address ADHD symptoms then. BTW I opted out for Synaptol and going with NaturaRelief instead.

Jan 14, 2015
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Synaptol Isn't likely to work
by: TJ Chambers

Synaptol is less likely to do anything because it doesn't address what is causing your ADHD symptoms.

The drugs seem like they work because they are stimulants but they only cover the symptoms you experience and are making your condition worse over time.

Jan 12, 2015
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Re: Vyvanse cost prohibitive
by: david

Hi, Pattie.

Great! Let us know how Synaptol works for you. It may be a solution for others on this list.

Good luck!

Jan 12, 2015
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Vyvanse cost prohibitive
by: Pattie

Thanks David but I did check with Vyvanse and their "up to 86% savings on Vyvanse" actually amounts to a $20 dollar savings .... I went on earth clinic.com and am going to try a holistic remedy called Synaptol as it had good reviews. And , not cost prohibitive.

Jan 11, 2015
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Vyvanse Cost
by: david

Hi, Pattie.

I don't have an answer long-term, but if you go to Vyvanse.com, you can signup for a discount card that can save some $ for the first month or two.

Mine is (currently) covered by insurance so I only pay $25/month...

Jan 09, 2015
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Vyvanse
by: pattie

I just got an Rx for Vyvanse and am on sticker shock..$290 for. 30-day supply of 20mg...needless to say it is cost prohibitive as my insurance does not cover it and I cannot financially absorb this cost. And my income is probably too high for help. What are others paying?

Jan 02, 2015
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Re: New Vyvance user NEW
by: Anonymous

It's great to hear about how much better you felt on Vyvanse. I'm really excited for you and your future.

Regarding the side effects, the inability to fall asleep should go away soon. I've been on Vyvanse 30mg for over five years and I don't take it at least one day a week while I try to work on my moods and productivity without it, I never miss two days in a row because I'll have trouble falling asleep when I start up again. It's just an adjustment period.

I have some occasional muscle pain and my legs cramp a lot, but I'm ten years older than you, am on an assortment of other medication, and run 50-80 miles a month.

You know your body best. Keep records and work with your doctor to maximize the benefits of Vyvanse and minimize any negative effects.

Good luck!

Jan 01, 2015
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New Vyvance user
by: Anonymous

I am a 47 year old woman who was recently diagnosed with a central processing disorder, much like autism. My life has been very difficult. Getting a diagnosis and support for this has been slow and painful. I have tried almost every anti depressant, anxiety med and mood stabilizer w/no success. I am trying vyvance this week and hope it will be life changing. A recent assessment showed my anxiety is coming from being overwhelmed by my environment. So my new doctor is treating me for AD/HD. Now for the comments about my first 20mg dose. Absolute miracle! I was a completely different person. But I am worried about the inability to sleep and the strange muscle pains. Anyone else notice this? It is really scary.

Sep 06, 2014
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VYVANCE
by: Anonymous

MY DAUGHTER START TAKING ADDERAL WHEN SHE WAS IN 3RD GRADE, THAT ONE WAS TO STRONG FOR HER, THE DR CHANGE IT TO CONCERTA AND THAT ONE DINT WORK, HE PUT HER ON VYVANCE AND THIS ONE DID WORK AND WE INCRESE THE DOSE TO 50 SHE IS BEEN ON IT FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS NOW, BUT SHE ONLY NEEDED FOR CONCENTRATTION SO I ONLY GIVE IT TO HER WHEN SHE IS AT SCHOOL, I DONT GIVE TO HER ON WEEKENDS OR THE SUMMER BECAUSE SHE IS HERSELF WHEN SHE IS NO ON IT.
I DONT LIKE THE SIDE AFFECTS ON THE MEDICATION THAT ALL SHE IS LIKE A ZOMBY IT DOES HELP HER BUT SHE IS NOT HER SELF, SHE HAVE ANXIETY AND SHE HAVE PROBLEM BREATHING, HER NECK BOTTER HER, SHE CRACK HER FINGERS ALLOT. THAT IS WHY I ONLY GIVE TO HER WHEN SHE NEED TO AT SCHOOL, BECAUSE I LIKE FOR HER TO BE HERSELF AND SHE IS A VERY HAPPY GIRL WHEN SHE DONT TAKE IT. SHE DONT EAT GOOD WHEN SHE IS ON IT, THAT IS ANOTHER REASON I DONT GIVE TO HER ON WEEKENDS AND ON THE SUMMER SO SHE CAN EAT GOOD. I LOVE MY DAUGHTER AND TOLD HER SHE WILL TAKE THIS MEDICINE UNTIL SHE FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AFTER THAT IF SHE DONT WANT TO TAKE IT ANYMORE THAT BE JUST FINE WITH ME. HOPE THIS HELP. AND IM SORRY MY WRINTING IS NOT VERY GOOD, IM FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.


Jul 11, 2014
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Scared nothing will work
by: Anonymous

Desperately needing some hope. I'm 29 years old & was diagnosed with ADHD only 18 months ago. I've tried short & long acting Ritalin. Helped my concentration immensely but found the rebound unbearable. Have been on short release dex for about a year with an anti depressant and mood stabiliser. Was on a quite a high dose (about 160mg a day) but have been closely monitored by my excellent psychiatrist and have had next to no side effects. Got to a point with the dex where my concentration still wasnt amazing and my overall mood was quite flat. Have been trying different dosages of vyvanse and have found at a lower dose I can't concentrate enough and am quite irritable. At a higher dose I'm in tears after 5 hours. I am so over feeling crap and nothing working. I'm scared nothing is going to work for me & I'm going to feel this way forever. I just want to be able to study, be a good wife, feel good and achieve something. Don't know what to do.

Jun 20, 2014
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Vyvanse mood solution
by: Anonymous

I am a vyvanse patient and I think the pros of this medicine outweigh the cons for me because I needed to have a proper dosing schedule personalized for me. When taking this medicine I found that it only lasts about 4-5hrs and when I took a 60-70mg dose, I would be exhausted and extremely moody once it wore off. Instead I now have a split dose where I take a 40mg dose in the morning and a 30mg dose in the afternoon and it has helped with my mood A LOT! instead of the medicine being overpowering and wearing off, it's consistent and levelled out better throughout the day. Hope this helps!

Mar 14, 2014
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worried
by: Valerie

reading some of these comments has me very worried about my son from one perspective. he has been very upset that he cannot concentrate in school and his grades went way downhill. he just started vyvanse yesterday and already I am seeing an effect. very concerned about the bp comments and heart rate. also very concerned about drinking energy drinks or anything with caffeine while on this medication. Was told that eating in spite of last of appetite goes a long way in cutting down the bad side effects. more protein and more carbs. anyone else hear the same thing?

Feb 20, 2014
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Hard to live with son
by: Anonymous

Hi my son is 15 and he has started taking vyvanse. He was on concerta before this. I have too noticed that he is aggitated and angry all the time. I mentioned this to his paediatrican and he suggested a mood stabilizer as well. I think I might give it a try as Im finding life very difficult with him and at my wits end. I'll let you know how it goes.

Jan 08, 2014
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Hannah
by: Anonymous

Hey Hannah
My daughter - 16 just switched to Vyvanse from Concerta and I've noticed that she has become confrontational, moody, angry and much more OCD-ish unlike before. I've actually been googling to see if this is normal and came across your post. She did not have mood swings with concerta but everyone is different and will react differently. This might not be a good fit for her. thanks for sharing your post helped!

Jan 02, 2014
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ADHD Medications and Mood Swings
by: TJ Chambers

Hannah,

Unfortunately, mood swings are normal side effects for most ADHD medications. I've been saying this for a very long time. Medications don't address the problem causing the symptoms.

Jan 01, 2014
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diagnosed with ADHD at 5 years old later realized severe ADHD
by: hannah

I am 20 years old and been on medications my whole life. my mother has been my advocate and by my side fighting for me every step of the way. she has helped me more than anyone else. which is especially great because theres has been a few doctors who hadn't know a thing about ADHD and either said I cant see you because you are on medication that I don't know or I had one doctor who I had only seen once or twice, had told my mom she should put a screen door on my room and observe me, which is why I had only seen him once or twice. there is so many medications out there and I've probably taken almost all known medications for adhd or medications associated with adhd and its affects(mood swings, sleep insomnia, loss of focus, impulsiveness e.t.c ). for example: (there is probably some spelling errors) focalin, guaficine, strattera, respertal, ritalin, concerta, adderall, lamictal, and probably much more I cant think of anymore at this moment but my mom told me a couple but they are so long. After all those the only one that worked by itself, without combination with anything else is vyvanse. I started vyvanse around 16 years old at one point I went from 60 to 70mg then back to 60mg and about a year ago back up to 70mg. and its worked great except ive noticed I get really angry with everyone and irritated with everyone, occasionally really sad and just miserable and my mom has too but she said its been going on for a while. and she thinks we should maybe add a mood stabilizer or anti-depressant.has anyone else felt like this on this medication?

Aug 27, 2013
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Vyvanse works well
by: Staci

My 14 year old daughter started Vyvanse in March. I am 37 years old and have severe ADHD myself but I am divorced and my ex husband didn't believe in it so we battled back and forth finally he gave in to let me take my daughter to my doctor and she prescribed vyvanse (I'm on straight Adderall-not extended release that I take twice a day and have been on it for a year and a half) My daughter isn't thrilled about taking medicine and said she hates that she is "stupid" and has to have a pill to "be smart" I hate that she feels that way. it is NOT her fault! Anyway, I'm getting off topic. I haven't taken my medicine yet today. My point in commenting on Vyvanse is she had a C or F in ALL of her 8th grade classes yet she took her CRCT (state standardized testing) and she made 1 question away from a perfect score!!! I have personally seen amazing results with this child who went from a C and F student to A and B within 6 weeks and passed 8th grade and is in high school this year and I think she will have a much better year for it

Jul 31, 2013
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read this
by: Anonymous

Your heart cannot take too much of this stuff.. So dangerous If your heart is pounding and BP rising YOU must stop this drug. You should nourish the heart with CO Q 10 magnesium, and take a baby aspirin as well. REMEMBER THIS IS AN AMPHETAMINE AND OUR HUMAN ORGANS CANNOT HANDLE TOO MUCH OF THIS . UR HEART IS BEGGING TO REST. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, IT IS NOT WORTH DYING .... HELP YOUR BODY BY FLOODING IT WITH NUTRIENTS !

Jun 14, 2013
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Vyvance is made to help, not harm. Hello.
by: I have ADHD

I'm a 21 year-old female nursing college student, and I recently started taking vyvance 30 mg. And I will say that it has made a huge difference and it kills me when people judge others when they don't know other their situations

I was seeing a clinical psychologist last fall bc my life was a mess with grades, social life and just not being able to get anything done. She could tell I had ADHD just by having a conversation with me.

Being diagnosed with ADHD and taking vyvance has definitely made a positive impact. I wish that I was diagnosed and had taken medicine as a child bc it would have saved me from a lot of unnecessary depression and anxiety. I wanted to do well so bad (that's why I wasn't diagnosed bc I tried so hard) but I just mentally and physicallt couldn't bc I was "disorganized" "sloppy" "unattentive" and "lazy." Actually it was ADHD.

May 21, 2013
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New to Vyvanse
by: Michele H.

I just started taking Vyvanse this week (5/13). I have read up a lot on this drug to know what to watch out for. I notice some of you are dealing with these issues. Being paranoid was one of the symptoms, I did tend to flinch a bit today (like I was thinking someone was behind me) and I have a bit of a ringing in my ears. I felt like I was talking a bit fast today and I took on some what big projects at home and felt like I really had to do it, which made me think I'm a bit amp'd up! Doctor told me that I can empty part of capsule, which I tried, it's a pain to do!! I know there are other drugs out there, at this point, I'm still giving this drug some time. I cried a bit today, but I'm thinking it's the whole idea of needing meds for life just make me upset. I'm a bit frustrated and some what cranky, I hope this passes! I really need to get some support too. I hope to find more suggestions to help me get through this. Some of you that have tried natural ways, I have gone that route and it's not enough. I notice diet soda freaks my brain out a bit, so I avoid that.

Mar 08, 2013
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Angry Grandmother
by: concerned grandparent

I am so frustrated with children being on these meds. My daughter was extremely adhd 30 years ago. I went with the recommendation of a Dr. who asked me to read a book on preservatives, additives, food colors. I did, and for 2 weeks you read every label. feed your child only healthy foods w/o these items, then 1 at a time, add back & see what is setting your child off. It worked, yellow #5 & red color set her off like an allergy, she would bounce off the wall. After changing her diet, she did much better in school. Now, I have 5 grandchildren, 3 go to school, 2 of those are on meds because teachers want robots in the classroom. The teachers are too lazy to discipline & the parents are too lazy to read labels & take a stand on what their child can eat or drink. My grandson made all As, but couldn't sit still, now he is on these drugs. I have no say in it because they are only my grandchildren , so, I get to sit back & watch the distruction of their wonderful immaginations & personalities, & God only knows the long term side effects. How on earth, can so many children be diagnosed with this disorder. Something is very wrong in this country when parents are too lazy to at least try the healthy food route b4 going straight to the drugs. I am hurt & angry with my children, & the system. I know there are children who do need these drugs, but they are very rare. I know more children on them than not. It takes a teacher or 2 to make you feel your child has something terribly wrong with them, then a dr. to agree because they don't sit as still as he does, & walla, pill time.

Feb 22, 2013
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Discipline Can't Solve Everything
by: Anonymous

I was raised in a Christian household where I myself was disciplined for doing bad things. I was a very good kid though, along with my sister, so we weren't disciplined often, but when we were we got the belt or whatever else was lying around that could teach us a lesson. Although my sister was an excellent student, I however, was not. My parents sent me to every kind of tutoring there was, but nothing helped. It even got to the point of where I would get grounded for weeks if I came home with so much as a C for a grade. I was accused of being lazy and not caring about my education. After struggling in school my whole life, it wasn't until my freshman year of college when I failed my first class, that my parents thought maybe there is something going on here that we just don't see. They mentioned seeing a specialist to see if I had ADD. After running many tests, sure enough thats what I had. Discipline has nothing to do with ADD or how smart your kids are. You can't beat your children until they are smart. ADD/ADHD is a real problem. Do some parents use this disease as an excuse for some of their kids behavior problems? Yes, but the kids with actual learning/focusing problems shouldn't be punished for it. I am 24 years old and still take Vyvanse for my ADD and I am thankful for this medicine. I don't think any less of my parents for finally realizing I had a problem and letting my doctor help fix it. If anything I appreciate them for it because I am finally not struggling in school anymore. The anxiety you feel when you see all your peers in school succeed, while you don't, is overwhelming. No child should have to go through that.

Jan 29, 2013
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HEAVY HANDED
by: Anonymous

Heavy-handed rearing methods did not work for me either.
Fear of violent acts constitutes terrorism. When committed by a parent on a child, contradicts a childs existance and placement in the world.
Who cares if people comliment you on their behavior? I thought discipline was to teach something, not coerce compliance.
My prayers are for all of you.

Jan 26, 2013
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Ignorance Really IS Bliss...
by: Anonymous

Most of us who visit this site have a reasonable understanding of how mental disorders actually affect the lives of our children and ourselves. Many of these disorders are actually chemical imbalances in our brains that make behaving 'normal' difficult or impossible.

The heavy-handed approach you like so well didn't work with me as a child. I wanted to 'obey' and 'be good' but the fact that I couldn't only took the ADHD to depression and low self-esteem.

There are a lot of treatment options to consider and meds can certainly be effective. Being heavy-handed never is.

I feel sorry for your kids...

Jan 26, 2013
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Really?
by: Anonymous

Drugs to keep your children in line? Drugs to do the parents job? Drugs dosage to blame for kids acting out not behaving?

Get a clue parents, YOU are the PARENT!

I was raised in a house where my parents were firm and I would get the belt or paddle for doing things bad. Kids today are not getting this kind of tough love they are getting excuses or drugs. My kids are not the smartest in class they aren't the best at sports but I raised them with a strong hand and when they go out with other people I get compliments on the way they behave. Stop looking to doctors to raise your kids. The cure for ADHD when I was being raised was a belt across the butt and some sit down time. Its amazing what a kid won't do when their are real consequences not a paper cup of pills and a juice box.

P.S. don't look to a chat box on a drug site if it works or not.

Apr 09, 2012
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Any side effects for 10 yr. old who runs out of pills and doesn't get them for a week or two?
by: Anonymous

Curious about possible effects on a 10 year old who is out of pills for a week or more at a time. No follow up by parent to Dr. when script isn't received in mail to fill. I am concerned what being off the Vyvanse may do to the child.

Aug 29, 2011
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Vyvanse for 2 years until...
by: Brian

I had been prescribed Vyvanse (50mg) about 2 years ago because I had an incredibly hard time remaining focused. Overall, I was very satisfied with the results. I happened to be in a meeting one day and one of the people in attendance, I found out later, was vegetarian. Long story short, after a lengthy conversation, I decided to try my hand at a juice fast followed by a term of eating fruits and veggies. About 30 days later I had no need for the Vyvanse. There is something to be said for removing most processed food, sugars and dairy from your diet. I have never felt better...

Jul 20, 2011
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Hi, Tony...
by: Anonymous

Have you tried reducing your dosage? Talk to your doctor about your sypmtom's and I'm sure you'll get some attention on this.

Also, I now only take my Vyvanse (30mg) every other day. I'm trying to ween myself from it altogether, but I still find it helpful. The every other day scenario is to help me measure it's effectiveness and help me get the habits in place that will hopefully allow me to get off it completely. I can only miss one day at a time for now as I have trouble sleeping when I take a pill after missing two days. Consider something like this as an option...

Jul 20, 2011
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Re: worried
by: Anonymous

Hi, Gina. The obvious first questions is 'was she this way before she started taking Vyvanse?', followed closely by 'what's her dosage?', 'why is she taking it?, and 'what else is she taking?' Typically for these kinds of meds, there's a period of time where assessments and adjustments are made. Sounds like she needs to go back to her doctor, discuss the effects and try something else...

Jul 20, 2011
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worried
by: gina

my bestfriend who is 42 has been on vyvanse for about a year now, IM very concerned for her she does not act like her normal self at all she is always thinking someone is against her and everyone is at fault except her when in reality it is her fault! Her husbands whole family is no longer speaking to her due to the bad attitude she is having marriage problems which none of this happen until about a month and a half of being on this medicain!!She stays up til 3 or 4am everyday sleeps til noon. She is a smoker but a very heavy smoker now she went from a half a pack a day to close to two packs a day now! she sits by herself alot and when she gets on a subject that has her upset there is no getting her off of it she dwells on it for weeks and is liable to tell you about it over and over for hours.I have tryed to talk to her about this but she wont hear of it being the medication! I JUST WANT MY FRIEND BACK!!my daughter is on vyvanse and does NOT act this away could it be because she needs it and my friend doesnot?

Mar 13, 2011
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Update us
by: TJ Chambers

Edie, I hope in a few months you will come back and update us on how the drug is doing. Usually, drugs help at first but over time things get worse.


Mar 13, 2011
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Vyvance
by: Edie

My 6 year old daughter started Vyvanse about 6 weeks ago. She is on 20 mg. All I can say is THANK GOD!!! She was on Concerta for about 5 months and results were alright but it raised her heartbeat way too much. Since we started Vyvanse her behavior had been wonderful. We were really having issues with her behavior at school, but now she is doing great. The only issue I have is that it seems to wear off in the evening.

Jan 29, 2011
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Vyvanse user, too
by: Anonymous

I take Vyvanse, too. However, my dose is 140mg with a 20mg boost if needed. The only side effects I've experienced are the dry mouth, loss of appetite & trouble swallowing - feels like I have a lump in my throat. I can see the differences it makes in my life, though I also can see where it plateaus. I've stopped taking it at certain times, which I would not recommend anyone should do. Those side effects are even worse, but I don't like the idea of being medicated for the rest of my life.

Jan 20, 2011
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Medical Cannabis
by: Anonymous

Marijuana has been medically prescribed for ADHD. So if you are looking for a natural way to treat your ADHD see if cannabis can help you. If you are worried about damage to your lungs from smoking there are plenty of marijuana brownies,cookies, and other ways to get THC in your system. I would say marijuana has helped me tremendously since I've started.

http://www.showmethefacts.org/
medical-marijuana-facts/add-adhd/

Dec 30, 2010
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Another Perspective
by: David

Great discussion Heres my $.02. Im a 55 year old male who's been affected by ADHD my entire life. I was finally diagnosed with the condition, as well as depression, about ten years ago.

I took various anti-depressants including Paxil and Effexor, before realizing that I had more control of my emotions without them and stopped. I was still struggling with the inability to focus/pay attention/concentrate. After reading up on ADHD, I changed my life by (mostly) keeping lists/calendars/alarms to track tasks; ambient noise (thunderstorms, ocean waves, white noice, and music) through a headset to reduce distractions including White Noise Generator. I also looked for the miracle drug - the one that would shut up my brain and let me be normal. I took Ritalin and Adderall and those seemed to help for short periods of time but werent the answer I was looking for.

That brings us to Vyvanse. My doctor recommended it to me in early 2010 and although I now understand that there is no miracle drug, Vyvanse has been fantastic asset to my life. Ive always been at the 30mg ER - enough to make a big difference in my concentration, ability to do/complete smart and large tasks, and create a valuable level of confidence, but not enough to (noticeably) produce serious side effects. I took todays dose a couple of hours ago and even on my second cup of coffee, my heart rate is 61.

As a side but important note, as an adult, ADHD meds are difficult to get. Experts in brain issues are only now learning about chemical imbalances and such and new treatments are still unproven over time and slow to implement. Many insurance plans refuse to admit that an adult can even have ADHD and wont cover the meds so even with a prescription, they can be very expensive over time. And of course theyre all classified as controlled substances by the U.S. govt so there's annoying overhead involved with triplicates and such.

Though Ive been satisfied with the 30mg amount, Ive tried 40mg just to see if it offered any additional productivity/success in my life and though I could feel that I was a bit more up, it didnt (couldnt?) make an improvement to where I was on the 30mg so Im still there.

While others have pointed out the downside of taking meds, they certainly can be a valuable part of ADHD treatment. But they're are just a contributor to the solution, not THE answer. We should always take the smallest doses possible. More importantly, we need to acknowledge our condition and make lifestyle changes as necessary. I found the book 'You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!' by Kelly, Ramundo, Hallowell a great tool for helping me understand my condition, put it into perspective, and work around it.

Ultimately, we're all created a bit different and are responsible for our lives. I think it's important and responsible to look into all options until we get where we want to be.

Oct 09, 2010
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Talk with your doctor
by: TJ Chambers

You will have to talk to your doctor about it. Increased heart rate is not good but a common side effect.

Stimulant medication is speed. Look up speed & see what the side effects of taking that are. You will see the same side effects.

Oct 09, 2010
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Too high?
by: Allie

I've been on Vyvanse for about 3 years now. (I switched from concerta - I do not recommend concerta.) I have many symptoms from the medication. I have the increased heart rate and nearly everytime I take the medication my heart rate will increase to the 130s-140s. I've never really been too concerned because I'd be busy with school and having fun with friends, but I'm in college now and I spend more time in my apt doing work so I notice the hard beating more. Today it's about 144. Should I be worried?


Oct 10, 2009
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70mg to high for me
by: kathy

I do realy well on this but i have heart racing and i am neverouse i think i need a lower dose but i do so well otherwise

Sep 28, 2009
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vyvanse
by: Anonymous

My son started on this medication. It worked for him for a while however we just had to change his medications about a month ago. He is now on Flolan xr 5mg twice a day and is doing great. The only side affect we had from the vyvanse was he lost weight but he has since gained his weigh back and is eating good.

Sep 25, 2009
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vyvanse is not for children
by: Anonymous

I have been taking Vyvanse 50mg for almost a year now. I sometimes reduce and sometimes increase my dosage as needed. I would absolutely NEVER give this drug to a child. I think that it is shameful of the medical industry/drug peddlers to offer this drug as a treatment. It's too strong and the side-effects are too harsh. the long-term effects are unknown. Let the kid decide when s/he is older if s/he wants to take drugs.

So, what can you do? Often times, a parent must modify his/her behavior in order to modify the child's behavior. Work on cognitive and behavior modification with a professional and find a school that will inspire and truly interest your child. Good luck everyone. Be careful with this stuff and stay aware of how you feel.

May 06, 2009
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strattera
by: Jason

so is strattera not a good option ? I have been doing alot of research on diffrent meds and I agree with you... im not much on the dealing with the side effects, especially the pounding heart and I was considering trying native remidies focusaddult.

Mar 10, 2009
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Vyvanse
by: Anonymous

Good Evening TJ
It is true that no one knows the long term affect of any medications. I have done alot of research and have been through alot with my now 23 year old step son. He was said to be ADHD when he was 5 years old however I kept telling his doctors He is more then ADHD but at the time there was not alot of information on the different disorders. He was even put in Metal hospital for brief times due to hurting others and hisself. Now as an Adult he has been diagnosed with bi-polar sketco effective disorder. Sorry if I mis spelled. I am glad to see there are more and more resourses today and have support groups to. Its really frustrating when you know there is something wrong with your child and no one can explain it to you. I know I have learned people are quick to judge when they do decide to use or try medications. I feel dont't judge because you don't know there situation entirely an it may be that medication works for some and some may not need medication at all. I have seen alot of kids that really need medication and I have seen some that truly dont need to be on medications. I know for some its a quick fix sort of speak or parents just don't want to deal with their children so they just put them on medication and they are like zombies which I disagree with.

Mar 10, 2009
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Long Term Affects
by: TJ Chambers

Just remember, people don't know what the long term effects of medications are.

Read the labels and you will see that your child's future will be full of health problems on medication.

Its destructive.

Mar 10, 2009
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Vyvanse
by: Jenifer W

I have a seven year old son who started the Vyvanse. We saw a change immediately. He started out on 20 mg it worked good but wore off by noon so we went up to 40 mg and o my god he was like he was on speed it was too much for him so we changed to 30mg and it seems to be working just right. What works for one person does not always work for another. My son is more hyperactive then ADD. As a parent you may have to try different medications and find what works for your child and not someones esles child. Also as they grow you may have to increase medication and even change medication. I have found that keeping a log for my son has helped me out alot and communicate with your childs teachers also helps to let you know how they are doing in school. Remember no one knows your child better then you if you notice a change in behavior etc make sure you talk to your doctor about it. Some medications will make them more aggressive. So far so good for us.

Jan 22, 2009
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Vyvanse is a Stimulant
by: TJ Chambers

Vyvanse is a stimulant medication. If you read the side effects for the illegal drug "speed", then the same effects apply.

Here is the url for the medication guide vyvanse.com/pdf
/medication_guide.pdf


Yes, there can be heart problems, sudden death, stroke, increased blood pressure, heart rate, stomach pain, dizziness, irritability, and on and on.

Side effects are dangerous.

Jan 22, 2009
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vyvanse is the cats pajamas
by: Anonymous

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Nov 17, 2008
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Have 7 year old taking Vyvanse
by: Anonymous

One of my seven-year-old twins is on Vyvanse for his ADHD. He has been one it for approximately one month. So far, my biggest concern is that he is soooooooooooooo tired about two hours after taking it that he can barely stay awake. Previously, he was on the Daytrona Patch and before that Metadate. I am anxious to know if theree are any heart-related concerns for children on this medication. He is also on Clonidine to help with his oppositional behavior.

Oct 03, 2008
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Arrythmia
by: Anonymous

I have been taking 40mgs of vyvanse for about a year now. Prior to the event I am about to describe, I was quite satisfied with the drug and had almost no side effects. In fact, I wish I didn't have a problem with it because it is FAR superior to adderall.
Now for the bad news. I am an incredibly healthy 21 yr old. I have no personal or family history of heart issues besides late-in-life heart attacks. Nevertheless, I had an arrythmia while driving a week back. I went to the hospital where the attending ER physician explained to me that this was not the first time he has seen such symptoms in patients taking vyvanse, and it was most likely the cause. Now, off vyvanse, I am free of palpitations/arrythmia, and doing well. The point of the story are the words he left me with, "If you're taking this medication, and you feel even one series of palpitations, you should discontinue it's use, and seek medical care." I am certainly glad I did...

Aug 27, 2008
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Things don't get better when treating symptoms
by: TJ Chambers

When you treat symptoms with medication, you can't expect things to get better.

I was talking to my dentist on the phone today about his son. His son has ADHD and he is considering putting him on meds. I'm like a broken record. I keep saying the same thing and it is like he wants a different answer.

Is there help, yes? The question is, are you willing to do what needs to be done. The other question is, do you have the finances to do so.

I find that many people are not willing to do what needs to be done.

Aug 27, 2008
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My 5yr old's first day of vyvanse
by: Anonymous

Is not going so great. HE WILL NOT SHUT UP LOL!! He talks excessively anyways but it is BAD today (his first day of using vyvanse). I noticed that he is not as aggresive or going from one thing to another, but he's very jittery and talking a hundred miles a minute. Almost like he's on speed. I do not like this at all. Does it get better the longer you take it? He is only on 20mg. He starts back to pre-k next week and i'm not sure if they can tolerate this either. I feel like I just cant win. Any advice would be much appreciated, as this is all so new.

Dec 19, 2007
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ADHD
by: Anonymous



Hi--I sure understand side effects--what I was told about and then tried with great results is music therapy in the form of Hemi-sync--it works--I bought Remembrance and Illumations for peak performance both are CDs

Dec 12, 2007
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How Long Have You Taken Vyvanse?
by: TJ Chambers

Michelle,

Thanks for your response. How long have you been taking Vyvanse? Have you taken any others?

Dec 12, 2007
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Another Vyvanse user and love it
by: Michelle

I too, take Vyvanse (50mg), but unlike you, do not suffer from any of those side effects. I can tell you what my ADHD doctor said- "too strong of a prescription will cause heart palpitations". If you take the 50 mg, maybe you should talk to your doctor about lowering the dose. I am a newly diagnosed ADHD adult (33 years old), and am amazed at the difference in my daily routines. The only bad thing I have to say is the pill wearing off in the evening. I wish it were extended release.

Dec 02, 2007
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There are natural things to do
by: TJ Chambers

Tony,

Thank you for your comment. I just want you to know that there are natural things you can do. Once you understand what is going on with your body, then you know how to help it. There is not a magic pill to make things go away.

You do have to change your diet. There are some vitamins that you will want to take and omega 3.

If you visit this page, you will see some of the things that I am talking about.

Alternative Treatments

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