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caristocrat
02-03-08, 04:44 PM
Curious as to what side effects people have on Vyvanse and if they fade with time.

blueyeyore
02-03-08, 05:08 PM
Most of the side effects I had when starting Vyvanse are gone. I've been taking 70mg since September 07. Stomach pains, upset stomach, dry mouth, headache, irritability, the increased anxiety...those have all gone away. The one that has stayed is not being hungry...ever. Also in the beginning it seemed to have it's off days and it's on days...days it worked great and days not so well, but by the beginning of Jan 08 everything seemed to even itself out as far as those side effects go. I had some underlying issues that needed a second medication.

netsavy006
02-03-08, 05:11 PM
From the website:

In clinical studies, the most common side effects of Vyvanse were decreased appetite, difficulty falling asleep, stomachache and irritability. These side effects were generally mild to moderate in severity, and occurrence decreased over time.

ben72227
02-04-08, 02:37 PM
Typical amphetamine side effects for me - loss of appetite, hyperhidrosis (caused by the anxiety), irritability/fatigue during a 'crash', dry mouth, etc.

I went from Adderall XR to Vyvanse for a while and the main difference was that the Vyvanse lasted a lot longer and was 'smoother' - less intense effects...but I kind of missed the 'euphoria'/increase in confidence/more outgoing effect I got with Adderall so I switched back.

hippie_chick
02-16-08, 12:18 AM
Dry mouth, dry skin, dry nasal passages... ugh. I need to drink more water, I know.

I wish it would curb my appetite like it does for a lot of others.

elizam
02-27-08, 10:13 AM
dry mouth

lack of appetite

no "interesting" thoughts

bad rebound

stomach aches

very slow work in school, perfectionism

no tolerance for others around me


these were my ds' observations

everyone thinks he is just being stubborn and should be forced to take meds

I, as his mom, feel very sad about our ADHD meds experience so far

Strugglepuss
03-04-08, 02:17 PM
I went from Adderall ~30-40 mgs per day of the non-XR type to 60 mgs of Vyvance.

Part of the reason I don't take xr's is because I get so tired I have to nap. It's an over stimulation response as most of you know. I used to just nibble on regular Adderall all day long but hated the vigilance required to prevent crashing.

Enter Vyvance...

I decided to try Vyvance and my doc started me at 30 mg about 10 days ago. No affect at that dosage so she upped it to 60 mgs. I responded well for the first few days and now I've been having the low serotonin brain zaps-hate those. I'm on 150 mgs of Zoloft too.

I'm going to call my Pdoc to see if Vyvance depletes serotonin because I had to up my dosage to 200 mgs today just to come out of the fog. I've been craving and I mean CRAAAAAVING carbs like never before.

Again, don't know if this is Vyvance related but I know the carb cravings are about low serotonin. This stuff started with taking the Vyvance so I gotta believe there's a connection.

Meds are so fabulous when you're dialed in. I hate the experimenting though.

wilford
03-04-08, 07:13 PM
I call Vyvance the "chill pill". When I initially thought to give it a try due to its claimed duration of effect-- which they are not kidding about-- it put me right to sleep, or often in a very drowsy state (not like the zombie effect of too high dosage with stimulants, legitimately sleepy). So a few months later, after having switched back to adderrall, I thought why not layer in a small dose of Vyvance to combat hyperactivity (20mg)-- a big problem for me. It actually does the trick when combined with Adderall instant release; and, it has a nice side effect-- for me it eradicates any crash from Adderall. If anything, I feel the Vyvance "kick in" at 4pm, when a regular stimulant gives up. This is perfect since I can't use guanfacine or clonidine. No, for me it doesn't do a darn thing for attentiveness, but it is very relaxing and if I'm anxious about something I appreciate the fact that unlike a benzoid it doesn't mess with my memory.

thefuryone
03-05-08, 10:45 AM
Hi everyone. I'm brand new to the site, 26 and finally getting on medication for my add. I got put on Vyvanse as a "trial" by my doc and just started yesterday. About an hour after taking it, I felt pins & needles on my arms & legs a little, decreased appetite (which I'm thankful for, as I'm 30 lbs overweight), sweating like crazy from my armpits and some stomach pain that started just before I fell asleep last night. I also woke up about 8 times last night, after having the same bizarre dream about golf clubs over and over. I got less than 6 hours sleep, when I usually get 8+.

How long do the stomach pains, sweating and sleep weirdness take to go away, usually? Thanks, everyone.

burman
03-05-08, 04:12 PM
I started Vyvanse about 1 month ago. I initially took 30mg and found that wasn't enough, then I took 60mg (2x30mg). The 60mg was too much, so I ask my pdoc to prescribe 50mg. I've been on 50mg for about 2 weeks now and it works well. I'm still gettting used to it though and feel like I have to get my dose adjusted to 60mg.

I took a 5mg dose of Adderall SR with the 50mg Vyvanse last night before work. I liked the jumpstart Adderall gave me before the Vyvanse kicked in. I am going to ask my pdoc to see if it is alright to take a small dose of Adderall (PRN) with the Vyvanse.

I still have some minor sleeping issues. Initially, I was sweating a lot under my arms and my hands were always clammy. This side effect has gotten a lot better though.

Vyvanse does last me 12 hours.

caitlin_noel24
11-12-08, 06:29 PM
I have been taking 30mg for about 10 days now. I have never taken any other ADD medicines before so I dont know if what I am experiencing is normal or if it will just go away?
I already have insomnia and a pretty bad case as well as depression,which I no longer take medicine for.
This medicine is supposed to last 8-10 hours and I find it really only works for 4 or 5 but I cant sleep even well after it is supposed to have worn off. My doctor is dropping me down a dose and I am scared that it will only last 1 to 2 hours. I also am never hungry(which I am not complaining about... saves on the grocery bill haha), I get burst of enery and get super like excited, I sometimes cant stand people to talk to me especially when I am in the middle of something. The only side effect that is causing me a big issue is the sleeping..
Does anyone else have similar sleeping issues?

ssl419
11-13-08, 01:50 PM
Meds are so fabulous when you're dialed in. I hate the experimenting though.

Great way to phrase it...I am still getting 'dialed' in and it sucks...want to feel normal now. lol :)

coffybeans
01-22-09, 10:16 PM
I've been on Vyvanse for over a year... I take 70mg at 7AM.. and then take a 50mg around 4pm.. I do have dry mouth, if i forget to drink enough liquids during the day. If I don't take the 4pm dose I feel its faded... not a sudden drop but a steady fizzle out... Also, If I take the 2nd dose after 5pm.. its hard to get to bed at a good time...

I havent had any of the side effects like stomach aches and such...

This has been the clearest I've thought in 43 years.. Vyvanse is smooth and doesnt leave me feeling jittery or that racing feeling I had on other medication...

I know 5 people on Vyvanse everyone has more positive then negative to say about it.... My 16 year old daughter has to eat breakfast before she takes Vyvanse or she doesnt feel hungry and has stomach ache, If she eats first she is fine.... She does mention dry mouth and bad breath.. (nothing a glass of water and a tooth brush wont fix) other then that she's done amazingly well on it... Grades went from C's and D's to A/B honor roll... A lot more focused and helpful at home too... She is very happy and balanced.

If your doctor allows it... I'd recommend you try it...

tlhengel
01-23-09, 04:07 PM
This is my first post here and also my first day on Vyvanse. I was recently diagnosed with ADD w/o hyperactivity and also GAD. My doc started me at 30 mg.

This morning I ate a hardboiled egg and a piece of wheat toast before taking my med with 16 oz of water. I tend to get queasy to a lot of meds so I thought this would help. Within 1/2 hr I knew it had kicked in because my mouth was SO dry I could hardly speak. After a while I felt a bit edgy (unsure of how else to put it) it wasn't irritable or hyper. Just like I had drank a little too much coffee and my eyes felt a little buggy.

5 hrs after I took the med I totally crashed. I would have LOVED to take a nap but I have a 9 month old son and he was no where near sleepy. I decided to drink a diet coke for a little pick me up and now I just feel like a zombie. I also had some lower abdominal pain for a brief period (unsure if this is related to meds)

Needless to say, not the best experience. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I'm a little let down.

I have major procrastination and focus problems and it didn't help with any of that...at all! I've tried to snack throughout the day to help keep myself even and boy was that a challenge! I can't complain too much though because I'm pretty overweight (I think I was eating because I was bored)

I'm going to try again tomorrow in hopes that things will gradually get better.

tlhengel
01-24-09, 11:25 AM
One other note I should make...this stuff seems to make me yawn a lot. I'm not tired, just yawning constantly. Not too terrible of a side effect but a side effect nonetheless.
Also. I had a splitting headache all night long. Every time I woke up I felt it. REALLY annoying! Luckily no other sleep problems. The headache went away as soon as my Vyvanse kicked in this morning.

ilostmybeer
01-24-09, 11:52 AM
I have been on it for about 2 weeks now, the only negative thing I have noticed is I have had a severe heartburn flare up. I am not positive it is related to the vyvanse, but I rarely ever get heartburn.

Scott19
01-25-09, 11:06 PM
I am overweight as well I am 6' 300 lbs. I think that one issue is calroie intake because I know I eat probably calories a day on vyvanse where as normally 3000. I am doing Medi Fast also but I have had to jump off plan to get the head aches to calm down .

ilostmybeer
01-26-09, 09:04 AM
I am about 40lbs less than you, and have had no issues keeping witjh my 1600 cal diet.

I am usually not this heavy, i ballooned up after a running injury and now I am trying to get back down to 205

love2shop4u
06-07-09, 08:20 PM
Hi - this is the first time I've ever been on a site like this...my 14-yr old daughter, recently diagnosed with ADD, has been taking 30mg of Vyvanse for 2 weeks now. She noticed a difference the first day and so did we, but it seems to be dwindling somewhat, especially towards evening. Her Ped said it usually last 12 hours. I'm curious as to why/how you can take 70mg for the day then another dosage at night. We asked her Ped if our daughter could take another dosage for evening (she's in sports and social events at night) and the doc said no...only one dosage per day. Is this maybe because of her age??? I don't want her to be great during the day, then a "different person" in the evening when the dosage wears off. I also noticed she's been VERY moody and almost introverted. thanks for your response!!!!


I've been on Vyvanse for over a year... I take 70mg at 7AM.. and then take a 50mg around 4pm.. I do have dry mouth, if i forget to drink enough liquids during the day. If I don't take the 4pm dose I feel its faded... not a sudden drop but a steady fizzle out... Also, If I take the 2nd dose after 5pm.. its hard to get to bed at a good time...

I havent had any of the side effects like stomach aches and such...

This has been the clearest I've thought in 43 years.. Vyvanse is smooth and doesnt leave me feeling jittery or that racing feeling I had on other medication...

I know 5 people on Vyvanse everyone has more positive then negative to say about it.... My 16 year old daughter has to eat breakfast before she takes Vyvanse or she doesnt feel hungry and has stomach ache, If she eats first she is fine.... She does mention dry mouth and bad breath.. (nothing a glass of water and a tooth brush wont fix) other then that she's done amazingly well on it... Grades went from C's and D's to A/B honor roll... A lot more focused and helpful at home too... She is very happy and balanced.

If your doctor allows it... I'd recommend you try it...

love2shop4u
06-07-09, 08:25 PM
Does anyone have teenage children on Vyvanse?? Typically, ADHD kids aren't too outgoing or popular. My daughter is outgoing, but not popular. Because of ADD, her self confidence and self esteem have suffered. I heard that higher dosages of Vyvanse help increase self confidence, too. Anyone hear this or experience it themselves?? thanks!!

Nunyabeezwax
06-08-09, 06:54 AM
It made my daughter horribly sick. She took one and she entered into a three day nightmare. Unable to stop crying, projectile vomiting, unable to eat, unable to sleep, high emotional sadness (she complained about hurting on the inside, like a broken heart). She only took the one so I couldn't speak on long term effects. Seems as though everybody's rxn is different.
Like a roller coaster ride, it effects different people differently.

kb85
06-09-09, 09:11 AM
Does anyone have teenage children on Vyvanse?? Typically, ADHD kids aren't too outgoing or popular. My daughter is outgoing, but not popular. Because of ADD, her self confidence and self esteem have suffered. I heard that higher dosages of Vyvanse help increase self confidence, too. Anyone hear this or experience it themselves?? thanks!!

I don't have any teenage children with ADHD, but I used to be one! You're lucky your daughter is outgoing - I was a painfully shy and introverted teenager. Who cares if she's popular? As long as she's happy that's what matters. Her self-esteem has probably suffered not because she's "unpopular" but because of her inability to complete tasks, focus, and do as well as she wants to in school! If the Vyvanse is doing its job, she should be able to improve her school performance and start to gain a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

addzoo
06-09-09, 10:55 AM
My 13 yr old son tried this one. 30mg qam.
Day 1, it was wonderful. He noticed MAJOR 'in-the-zone' feeling.
Day 2, still great, but increased irritability in the evening.
By day 3, he became a total monster. Woke up irritable - this increased as the day went on. Still major focused, though.
Day 4 was his last dose. I was scared for him - and for us! He was extremely angry. Never seen my child with this type of rage.

After he discontinued the med, it took a couple of days for this to get out of his system and return to his 'regular' self.

Also, on the second day, he complained of chest pains.

Good stuff! He just had an extreme reaction to it.

Amehdaus
07-21-09, 05:22 PM
24/m
Primary side effect: impaired ability to eat.
I am underweight to begin with with a consistent forgetfulness about eating while unmedicated. The vyvanse (30mg) allows me think about eating, making me aware of my stomach churning, while simultaneously making the idea of eating evoke nausea. I find I'll take it, and be unable to eat that day and the next. After a few days of eating nothing (usually) or a few nibbles of fruits and mushrooms (at best), I find the focus and energy provided by the pill to be counteracted completely by light-headiness and weariness from starvation. A couple days off of the pill allows me to finally eat at least something. Thus it becomes a bit of a roller coaster on weekends when I can afford to be distracted from rigid work schedules and let my system clear enough to fortify with food.

Secondary side effect: emotion
I tend to be a very middle-of-the-road personality with neither highs nor lows (a mixed blessing). As such, I don't have much basis for coping with extreme emotional states that vyvanse allows me to feel. I reckon, in part, the ability to focus works against me as an issue that would normally be addressed and forgotten now is identified as unresolved, and the stress of such issues quickly compounds.

It's a shame, because for its intended effect, it is thus far unmatched by any other medication I've taken. Vyvanse lacks the "buzz" of adderall, which is a plus for me. While the spike is good, the spike-and-fall quickly wears me out, overall. Also, the ability to take a single pill at the beginning of the day negates the tedium of remembering to consume additional doses over the course of the day.

It leaves me torn, with great benefit but at cost both physically and emotionally.

twinch42085
07-21-09, 11:30 PM
I have not experienced too many side effects with vyvanse. The only thing I do notice is that it may take a higher dosage for adults to get the benefits you may need.

Clay888
07-23-09, 12:02 AM
OK, one side effect that no one hear has addressed is "I can't get it up!" I have a hypersexual feeling all day and need the stimulation of porn and the need to masturbate but even though "the feeling" is there the equipment is missing. Do any other guys have this side effect and will it go away? I have been reading that taking Wellbutrin as well will help? Not to brag, but I have allways been horny as a teenager and no problem with getting hard. Usually get a stiffy even while peeing. I am very concerned about the performance issue and would like any candid reply.

Thanks for your help.

rreay724
02-24-10, 02:48 PM
I've had signs of ADHD my whole life and was officially diagnosed when I was 16. I took Adderall and Ritalin back then and had no self control so i got addicted and dependent on both. Later in my mid 20's I tried focalin and it messed me up so I stopped. I recently went back to a psychiatrist because my ADD was really affecting my job and personal life so I needed to get on something. First he tried a low dose of dexedrine, I thought I was going to have a heart attack and it was the worst mood cycle i've ever experienced. Then we tried the daytrana patch and I've never been so nauseous before. Next was concerta. Not only did it make me nauseous but it didn't really do anything for me. Finally the doctor put me on vyvanse. First 50mg, and i noticed it worked but I could handle more, so now I'm on 70mg and it's working great. The side effect that bothers me the most is my loss of appetite. I workout a lot and have a strict diet plan, and I have to force myself to eat. I've lost 8 pounds since I've been on these meds, but noticed it's pretty much just winter fat coming off. Also, my feet are always cold and I've had receding hair lines and thinning hair for a while, and it seemed to get a little worse recently. It's supposed to last 10 to 12 hours, but it seems to only last about 5 or 6 so I'm going to find out about taking an adderall later in the day. Does anyone know if these side effects will wear off, especially the appetite loss? So far Vyvanse has been the most effective medication for my ADHD. I'm a lot less moody and irritable, I can focus a lot better and I just feel happier overall. Also, I believe it does up your blood pressure a little, and because of the extremeness of my workouts, I have to work out later when its tapered off some. I've noticed increased sweating during my workouts and my heart rate and breathing are higher faster, but I'm still just as effective at my workouts as I was before.

rreay724
02-24-10, 02:51 PM
And in reply to Clay888, I'm the same way dude. I can get it up, but it'll go down quick if I don't keep it up. My girlfriend and I usually see each other later in the day, so it's kind of worn off by then, but basically any stimulant is going to effect that. I know how you feel though. The mentality is there, but the physical feeling is less.

Pyrrho
02-24-10, 07:42 PM
The side effect that bothers me the most is my loss of appetite. I workout a lot and have a strict diet plan, and I have to force myself to eat. I've lost 8 pounds since I've been on these meds, but noticed it's pretty much just winter fat coming off. Also, my feet are always cold and I've had receding hair lines and thinning hair for a while, and it seemed to get a little worse recently. It's supposed to last 10 to 12 hours, but it seems to only last about 5 or 6 so I'm going to find out about taking an adderall later in the day. Does anyone know if these side effects will wear off, especially the appetite loss? So far Vyvanse has been the most effective medication for my ADHD. I'm a lot less moody and irritable, I can focus a lot better and I just feel happier overall. Also, I believe it does up your blood pressure a little, and because of the extremeness of my workouts, I have to work out later when its tapered off some. I've noticed increased sweating during my workouts and my heart rate and breathing are higher faster, but I'm still just as effective at my workouts as I was before.The appetite suppression wore off for me, not sure if that's the case for most people though. For the first couple days I would hear my stomach growl, feel the intense hunger but sit at the fridge staring at a bunch of food I had absolutely zero desire to eat... the same food I'd been eating on a regular basis for the past several years. Confusing and troubling, to say the least.

I still drink meal replacement / protein shakes (from powder mix) that I first started using when I lifted weights routinely. Even with the severe appetite suppression those first days it was pretty easy to down a shake, and definitely far less tedious than forcing myself to eat a sandwich or whatever. Not to mention it takes a lot less motivation (or appetite) to toss some milk + powder in a blender as opposed to putting together a sandwich.

Obviously they're not something you can rely on as your primary source of calories or macronutrients, but when you're looking for a source of extra calories or meals they're an easy, cost-effective option.

Koblin3426
03-04-10, 08:31 PM
Also, my feet are always cold and I've had receding hair lines and thinning hair for a while, and it seemed to get a little worse recently. It's supposed to last 10 to 12 hours, but it seems to only last about 5 or 6 so I'm going to find out about taking an adderall later in the day. Does anyone know if these side effects will wear off, especially the appetite loss? So far Vyvanse has been the most effective medication for my ADHD. I'm a lot less moody and irritable, I can focus a lot better and I just feel happier overall. Also, I believe it does up your blood pressure a little, and because of the extremeness of my workouts, I have to work out later when its tapered off some. I've noticed increased sweating during my workouts and my heart rate and breathing are higher faster, but I'm still just as effective at my workouts as I was before.

The impotence and feet being cold are from (I believe) a decrease in blood circulation. I always get that with stimulants, whether it's coffee, adderall, concerta, whatever. Also, the receding hairline might be a testosterone increase? On the concerta forums people said that's what caused hair loss with that drug, so it's possible the same thing is happening with Vyvanse. I couldn't find any correlation via google search though :( There are a lot of people experiencing hair loss on Vyvanse though.

Breee
04-10-10, 03:49 PM
I have been taking 30mg for about 10 days now. I have never taken any other ADD medicines before so I dont know if what I am experiencing is normal or if it will just go away?
I already have insomnia and a pretty bad case as well as depression,which I no longer take medicine for.
This medicine is supposed to last 8-10 hours and I find it really only works for 4 or 5 but I cant sleep even well after it is supposed to have worn off. My doctor is dropping me down a dose and I am scared that it will only last 1 to 2 hours. I also am never hungry(which I am not complaining about... saves on the grocery bill haha), I get burst of enery and get super like excited, I sometimes cant stand people to talk to me especially when I am in the middle of something. The only side effect that is causing me a big issue is the sleeping..
Does anyone else have similar sleeping issues?



Yes, I have been on the med for not even a week and in a 3 day period I slept no more then 7 hours together!

maranelloboy05
04-12-10, 03:58 PM
Do many of the side effects go away after a few weeks?

I was started on Adderall XR 20mg in January and then to 25mg. My doc switched me to Vyvance 50mg about a week ago. None of the side effects of Adderall bothered me, but I wouldn't necessarily crash in the afternoon, I just didn't want to do anything but watch TV or lay on the couch after class all morning. The appetite loss, dry mouth were the only side effects I had with the Adderall and those didn't bother me.

Now I'm on Vyvanse and the side effects are really starting to bother me. For one it takes a couple hours to kick in, which was really nice with the Adderall being wide awake in 10 minutes. I'm now getting headaches and have a constant stomach ache while one it. I never really felt the Adderall at all, but I'm feeling a real crash now on the Vyvanse, like I just want to go to sleep in the middle of the afternoon.

These go away for anyone? I'm really considering going back on the Adderall if these don't go away, I seemed to respond much better to it.

Sit-n-Spin
04-12-10, 05:47 PM
I've been on it just over a month (with almost a week off mid-point) and have had no continuing negative side effects except possibly an itchy head. Not even the heartburn, which I normally have all the time. That could be because I'm not stress eating at night because I don't want to eat much at all. The itchy head concerns me. I posted a thread about it because I wasn't sure if it was due to a hair product my hairdresser used on my roots, which had an ingredient I might be allergic to. So, my doctor had me go off the Vyvanse and take a prescription antihistamine for a few days then go back on Vyvanse. I do not usually have an itchy head, but do now. I'm wondering if I just have to wash it daily again now or if maybe the Vyvanse can cause some sort of candida problem? I'd hate to stop taking it, though.

yogamama
04-12-10, 10:26 PM
Today is day 5 for me (40mg), and I don't really think that I like this medication. I was just diagnosed, so I can't compare this drug with any other (with one exception, and I'll explain later).

I take it anywhere from 9:30AM-10:30AM, and it's only lasting until about 3PM. Each day, I've had a slightly different experience. Only thing that's been consistent is the diarrhea about 5X/day. After around 3PM, I start to feel really BLAH and a little sad. I have no energy, and I procrastinate and get distracted MORE than before I started taking it. I just want to sleep, but I can't because I'm a student who has a test on Wednesday.

Anyway, I'm going to tell the Dr. that I don't think I can take this stuff anymore. I want to give it a chance, but I have finals coming up. I have small children, and I HAVE to study at night. But, as you can see, here I am not getting my sh*t done....grrr.

Thanks for letting me rant. That's what I do.

xenonscreams
04-12-10, 10:27 PM
It has only been three days so I don't know what's a side effect and what's a coincidence, but I'm going to keep monitoring it (I impulsively bought a pretty journal last week for $10 and I have nothing to use it for, so this is perfect).

+s are good things
-s are bad things

Day 1:
+ calm
+ no restlessness
+ more social
+ less irritable
+ easier to talk on the phone
- headache
- decreased appetite
- starving after medication wore off

Day 2:
+ calm
+ studied for over six hours
- difficulty sleeping, felt very hot in normal temperatures
- low appetite

Day 3:
+ calm
+ easier to study and tutor my students
- nervous for no reason
- difficult to eat as much as usual

Mday
05-03-10, 01:18 AM
I have been on 30mg Adderrall XR for 5yrs and just changed to 50mg Vyvanse because of mood swings. This is my third week on it and I feel it's controlling my ADHD better each time I take it. Overall Vyvanse has been a much smoother drug without euphoria or crashes. My main issue is that it is causing diarrhea 4+ times a day. This doesn't seem to be a common side effect and I was just wondering if any one else has had this issue and if it went away?

Sit-n-Spin
05-03-10, 11:33 AM
I had a little laxative effect, but not that much. Maybe you were just more constipated before than you realized. Or maybe you're drinking a lot more water so that caused a change.

twinch42085
05-03-10, 04:30 PM
~Mday: I do have diarrhea from time to time when taking any stimulant medication. I have taken IR & XR Adderall, IR dexedrine, and Vyvanse. I currently take 50mg of Vyvanse.

I tend to have more bowel movements when taking Adderall (IR or XR) then I do when taking Dexedrine or Vyvanse.

I take the added side effect as a benefit to my body because of one reason.
I suffer from Crohn's Disease. Most of the time I have difficulties going to the restroom due to extreme constipation. The Crohn's Disease has caused excessive scarring in my lower small intestine and colon which has resulted overtime the narrowing of my bowel. I appreciate the side effect of going to the restroom because now my bowel movement is normal to say the least.

Eventually that side effect will go away. I has went away with me.

I hope this helps with any questions you or anyone else may have with that particular "side effect" caused by Vyvanse or any other stimulants.

Mdavids2
07-08-10, 09:04 PM
I am 23 and a student in college. I have always been hyper, overly active, and thus struggled through school. My parents were always against medication and felt I just had to study harder and not screw around. I was also opposed to the idea of medication when I was younger. I made it through grade school fine.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Since I started college I have seen my focus and attention disappear. My grades tanked and I ended up dropping class after class. I also noticed I was not performing at work as well. I have struggled to my final year but I cannot afford any further delays or bad grades. I finally decided on my 23rd birthday to talk to a doctor. My doctor refused to put me on Adderall. I was first put on Strattera. It worked well for the first month or so. I found it easier to say on task and keep focused. Then I had to up the dose to see any difference. I also experience a bunch of very strange side effects. I had trouble urinating, pain in my testicles, etc. Of course I freaked out and did not correlate these symptoms to the Strattera so I went to the doctor for tests. I checked out fine and decided to stop taking the meds for a while. All the side effects went away. I started taking the Strattera again and the side effects were back. I went back to the doctor and she put me on Vyvanse 30mg.<o:p></o:p>
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To this point Vyvanse has been a miracle! I have seen a change in myself that I didn’t think was possible. I am currently on 60mg and have been taking Vyvanse for over 3 months. The medicine kicks in in about an hour. The first hour (with my new dose of 60mg) I am a little bit “over-the-top”. I get very talkative and very “fast paced”. I think I this is a result of adjusting to the new dose. Once I “settle down” I am completely focused, I stay focused, I find myself more caring, organized, and responsible. It lasts though out the day and does not drop off. It slowly wears off which I like. One thing I have noticed, that I feel speaks volumes, is that I have stopped biting my nails. I have been biting my nails since I can remember. After 2 weeks of taking Vyvanse I realized I had completely stopped. <o:p></o:p>
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I do experience two side effects. Dry mouth is the most prevalent lasting through out the day and decreased appetite. Both of which are not an issue for me. If I take it late in the day I find it difficult to sleep. Other then that it has been amazing! I only wish I had started this years ago. <o:p></o:p>

demo3210
07-08-10, 10:05 PM
Have taken Vyvanse for about 2 years.

Side-effects in order of frequency and pervasiveness:

1. Accelerated heartbeat
2. Craving cigarettes (tried to quit many times)
3. Reduced appetite
4. Insomnia (fades over time, but I feel it is just sleep deficit)
5. "Hyper-focus" (occasionally when consume coffee in addition to)
6. Infrequent anxiety, nothing substantial.

Benefits far outweigh the side-effects for me though.

CB750C
04-22-11, 04:51 PM
I have just started Vyvanse today as my first ever ADD treatment at the age of 26.

I truly didn't know what to expect, but this seems okay. It may be a bit strong, but it was just introduced into my system so I have to adapt.

So Far:
-Talkative
-Focused on work
-Not hungry at all
-Using the bathroom

I had friends in college that used to used Adderall for their exams. They always told me to drink an adequate amount of water, and force yourself to eat. They said that the "crash" was from not eating.

I already have a diet that I stick to. I will let you know how it works out if you want.

I am happy to have this help me work through the mundane parts of life that I end up working twice as hard at. I want to give this a try and see it through. The BEST thing I have read in the forums so far is where a man said that:

"When I thought that it had worn off and wasn't doing anything, I became disappointed. I then realized that I had become myself again and my personality was back to where I started. I was able to complete tasks, but I didn't have that odd feeling from when I started. My body had adjusted perfectly."


Things like this give me hope.

XL5W
04-27-11, 03:03 PM
Also, my feet are always cold

I've found that proper hydration helps to relieve cold extremities.

FWIW, at minimum, everyone should drink half their weight (in ounces) of water per day. If you drink coffee, soda or alcohol during the day/night you need to drink at least an equal measure of water if not twice the measure.

I don't EVER drink soda anymore, I try to drink two to one with coffee because it is ALSO a diuretic like Vyvanse and two to one with alcohol to (now get this) diminish the effect. :eek:

And since I drink coffee/green/white tea in the morning and take Vyvanse and train CrossFit I try to hydrate whenever I look at water. :D

Personally I use Reverse Osmosis with Concentrace Mineral Drops added...and a 1/4 tsp of Himalayan or Pink Sea Salt per quart.

Since I try to avoid processed foods I don't worry about adding the good salt to water because in addition to it's normal benefits it breaks the surface tension of the water allowing for better systemic absorption.

See Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj for more on the healing properties of proper hydration and "good" salt.

And throw your table salt AWAY!

Turb0
04-27-11, 04:36 PM
Dry mouth. Somewhat lack of appetite. A little bit of chest pain after it wears off (expected since my heart beats almost twice as fast for about 5-6 hours straight) I'm on 40mgs once a day. No other side effects like crashing, headaches, anxiety (actually gets rid of some of it).

amrobinson
04-28-11, 06:15 AM
On 50mg since October... I seem to always have a bowel movement after taking? Some days it seems like if I use the bathroom after taking Vyvanse, my ADD symptoms get worse and I'm just left with the energy component of the meds and it kind of revs up my anxiety.

Anyone familiar with this? or could help me understand what this is?

chellbpace
04-28-11, 07:59 AM
hi I an new here but I have a few concerns. My 8 yr old was given 20mg of vyvanse about 3 months ago and it was a "miracle". His grades went from 50's to 80,90 and even some 100's with in 2 weeks. He has never had behavioral problems outside the norms of a little boy. However, the last 2 weeks he has had emotional outburst, anger and withdrawn. This week he was in the bathroom at school and as he was walking by another child he put a neckalace around his throat and pulled it hard. Of course he was quickly taken to the principals office. When asked why he did this he simply states he dosen't know and that he ws just playing. This concerns me to no end I made a dr. appointment thinking it was a reaction to the medication and the dr says that its an impulsive behavior and we need to increase his dose. I know one of the main side effects is aggresion and anger so I am confused. has anyone elese seen thru this how can I be sure its not the medication making him act this way. If I take him off he will not passed the 2nd grade.

johnnyc00
04-29-11, 06:42 PM
Appetite
I had no appetite and I literally could not eat anything (It felt like I was forcing myself to eat sand)
But after 3-4 days I could eat food normally again and enjoy it, but I still don't get hungry, I just have to remind myself to eat

Body Aches/Migranes
After I started coming down, I would get migraines and pretty bad body aches
Body aches got better as long as I drank at least 3 bottles of water
But the migraines didn't stop until I got switched to twice daily dosing

Emotions
I felt isolated when I was on it, all I wanted to do was work and if I didnt have anything to do, I would start getting anxious. It was hard for me to talk to people, and I was severely socially withdrawn. I had no emotion while I was medicated. When it wore off, I became extremely depressed and anxious. I had no motivation whatsoever to do anything.
That went away within a week I guess and now when I take it, I get in a really good mood and can socialize and do work. I get a sense of being really clear-minded.

Stuttering
It seems to get worse and worse

Sexual Side Effects
At first it made me too depressed/socially withdrawn to even think about sex
Now my libido is off the charts.

Productivity
I was hyperfocused in the first few days
That went away, and now I feel like I can focus on the things that I want to focus on.
One thing that never went away: I take FOREVER to do tasks. This post took me 20 minutes.

Anyways, I started off with 40mg a day. Everything but the body aches/migranes and the depression associated with the comedown went away after a couple of days on that dose. Everything else went away when I started taking 40mg twice a day (one at 8, another at 1) Its only been 2 days at that dose but I feel great.

jennsation
05-10-11, 01:28 PM
This is my first post here...but I've been reading for a few days.

I am a 28 yr. old female, diagnosed ADHD last Thursday.

Per my doctor's instructions, I took 20 mg. Vyvanse Friday and Saturday, 40 mg. Sunday and Monday and started 60 mg today (Tuesday).

I've been tracking my experience thus far...

Day 1 (20mg)
Upset stomach...no desire to eat, but I ate anyway. Tension headache.

Day 2 (20mg)
Nothing...except EXTREMELY tired by mid-evening.

Day 3 (40mg)
Tension headache, dry mouth, jittery...felt like my body was literally "buzzing"...odd feeling, slightly chatty, very tired by shortly after dinner (not enjoying this "crash" every day!)

Day 4 (40mg)
EXTREME dry-mouth, tension headache (AGAIN! Yuck!), not hungry during the day but VERY hungry when the medicine wore off mid afternoon, very tired, irritable, just feeling kind of "off" and "out of sorts".

Day 5 (60mg)

TODAY! I was SO nervous to take 60mg because of the unpleasant feelings I got from the 40mg, but I have to tell you...so far, so good. I took it a little later in the day (8:30 instead of 6 or 7) and so far I am feeling focused, productive, energetic, happy...NO jitters today at all! (Odd to me that I would be LESS jittery on a HIGHER dose...I guess I don't understand that well how the meds work.) I am taking full advantage of feeling so great today and getting A LOT done. I am just bracing myself for a huge crash this afternoon. Hoping not, but we'll see. OH! And no headache today either! And the dry mouth is still pretty bad, but I'm drinking water instead of Diet Coke today and that seems to combat it better.

**Jenn**

karbouris
05-11-11, 12:05 PM
Do any females have any form of Vagial bleeding and burning urination on this? I start bleeding when I try to "hold it"?

nbooth23
08-16-11, 07:11 PM
dry mouth

lack of appetite

no "interesting" thoughts

bad rebound

stomach aches

very slow work in school, perfectionism

no tolerance for others around me


these were my ds' observations

everyone thinks he is just being stubborn and should be forced to take meds

I, as his mom, feel very sad about our ADHD meds experience so far

I'm 13 and I've had all of those side effects except for bad rebounds and stomach aches. My Mom and doctor want me to stay on the meds, but I hate it. Advice?

425runner
08-18-11, 07:47 PM
Cracked lips and I mean till they bleed, even though I use lip balm and drink lots of water. The minute I stop Vyvanse it goes away...bizzare

Kibaga
08-19-11, 01:28 PM
Sheesh, If you are taking it twice a day, do you ever sleep?

I've been on Vyvanse for over a year... I take 70mg at 7AM.. and then take a 50mg around 4pm.. I do have dry mouth, if i forget to drink enough liquids during the day. If I don't take the 4pm dose I feel its faded... not a sudden drop but a steady fizzle out... Also, If I take the 2nd dose after 5pm.. its hard to get to bed at a good time...

I havent had any of the side effects like stomach aches and such...

This has been the clearest I've thought in 43 years.. Vyvanse is smooth and doesnt leave me feeling jittery or that racing feeling I had on other medication...

I know 5 people on Vyvanse everyone has more positive then negative to say about it.... My 16 year old daughter has to eat breakfast before she takes Vyvanse or she doesnt feel hungry and has stomach ache, If she eats first she is fine.... She does mention dry mouth and bad breath.. (nothing a glass of water and a tooth brush wont fix) other then that she's done amazingly well on it... Grades went from C's and D's to A/B honor roll... A lot more focused and helpful at home too... She is very happy and balanced.

If your doctor allows it... I'd recommend you try it...

Kibaga
08-19-11, 01:41 PM
I have been taking Vyvanse (60 mg) for about two years off and on. Like others, I find it looses its effectiveness after a while so I stop taking it for a while with the longest period about 3 months. (Too busy at work and home life to make a doctor's appointment to renew prescription).

This does seem to have a different affect on me than others in that it takes away my irritability that I had prior to using it. I am much calmer during highly stimulating stituations such as, kids arguing, TV blaring, phone ringing etc. I would say that I had a hyper-irritability thing going on but the Vyvanse seems to suppress that feeling.

I was always tired and could never focus on anyone thing. When it is working, I am able to not only accomplish things but multi-task and shift my thought process quickly to do so in a manner in which I don't loose focus of the previous task. That is a real problem when not on Vyvanse. Once I lost focus, I had an extremely hard time to refocus. I also attribute Vyvanse to a new found ability to speak up during work meetings when necessary, otherwise I would just spend time thinking about other things not relative to the task at hand.

I would recommend everyone on Vyvanse to purchase a large water bottle and fill that up at every opportunity and drink as much as possible.

brianxv
11-15-11, 03:47 PM
Alright, So. I was diagnosed with ADHD back in 09' I started on Concerta, took every dose of it. Which just gave me migraines and didn't help with my focus issue at all. Today, I started Vyvanse(30mg) I took the pill at 6:20 and by 7:30 I could feel the effects of it. I was very anxious, nervous, irritable. I got to school and started having anxiety attacks, I take no other medications, is anxiety a common side effect of this drug?

Amirah
11-15-11, 04:32 PM
I'm not sure where else to ask my question about Vyvanse side effects.

I am the mother of a 9yr old boy recently diagnosed with ADHD. After numerous medications with his older brother, we opted for Vyvanse as we were told the side effects wouldn't be as severe as Adderall or Stratera.

Today was day 1. My son has always sucked on his lower lip. It is what he does when he is intensely focused. But today when he returned from school, I noticed immediately the difference in his mouth. His lower lip was very red and looked as if he had sucked on it a great deal. While speaking to me, between sentences I noticed his lip trembling and moving slightly. This is entirely new for him. He complained of an irritated throat as well.

Has anyone else, regardless of age, had something similar happen? I'm curious if this is a common side effect or something new to the already large list of things I've read so far.

Any advice or thoughts would be welcomed.

Mordamir
11-16-11, 01:25 PM
I have been taking vyvanse and have terrrible joint pain, in wrists fingers and knee's. If more active the pain gets worse and guess what had an xray of back a few months ago and just had another after only 2 months on vyvanse and now I have arthiris...............

mrh235
11-16-11, 10:28 PM
I've been on vyvanse (20mg) for about 3 weeks and it works really well, but my side effects have been:
dry mouth
increased appetite (i've never been this hungry in my life before, but I was never a big eater)
some muscle tension as the medicine wears off (mainly in the back of my neck)

oh and it as soon vyvanse first takes effect for me it makes me incredibly tired before making me more focused (i'm inattentive ADD)

Seraphace
11-28-11, 08:41 PM
I'll post the backstory in another thread, but I only recently at age 28 have started to take an adhd medication after being diagnosed with ADHD combined, both impulsivity and the emotional part as well (inattentive was the one I was not).

I've taken amphetamines recreationally before, never as a prescribed drug for abuse (I explain the reason for this information in a bit). I had complete intent when going for this diagnosis to clear up a very strong difficulty with reading. I would get tired very very easily while reading, and I'd get through a paragraph (sometimes not even a sentence!) and have no clue what I just read. This did not stem from a lack of ability to conceptualize the information, the information would simply not process.

So here I am, in my second month of taking vyvanse to treat this disorganization and inability to properly read.

I was prescribed 30mg of vyvanse, 15 pills to last the 2 weeks. I was excited to hopefully have this be over with. On my first day, after approximately an hour, I got a bit of a body rush. It was very minimal but it grew with time, peaking probably about 5 hours after ingesting it. During this time I felt very talkative, a little jittery, and very "loved-up". A lot of these symptoms were very similar to the amphetamines I'd taken prior, but on a much smaller scale. I had a bit of euphoria. Eventually I started to feel a little too* jittery and decided to stop playing games and eat something. As soon as I did, the little high was over and there was a bit of a crash. I felt a little sad after that, not just for the loss of a good feeling but I think it was also a chemical reaction to the loss of what the drug was doing to me. Eventually the sadness leveled out (probably about an hour) and I felt very mellow the rest of the night.

On day 2 I received almost none of the experiences that I had from day 1. I ready this is very common to happen on the first day and not subsequently.

During this 2 week period until I went back to see my doctor, I noticed these things:

- Lack of appetite in general, only to have a voracious appetite later in the day, where I felt like I immediately had to go get food.
- A slight elevation of mood (this has persisted all the way until present) which I feel helped to stabilize some irritability I sometimes have. I'm not moody at all, but small things can really annoy me, and anger can come a bit too intensely and then as quick as it came, dissipate. I feel that this mood increase helps level that out.
- Horniness! I think this comes along with the mood increase, and the bit of a fun, loved up feeling persists. I find myself aroused for a couple of hours (nothing unbearable or inappropriate) soon after the second hour.
- Cotton mouth. This is a strange one, because I've noticed after much self monitoring that it's not necessarily* the drug drying me out. I've noticed that I've developed a bit of a compunction to suck the water out of my mouth. I am always doing something with my mouth now, and my face always feels a little over.. irritated? My nose will be a little itchy, or my mouth a little uncomfortable. With persistent self monitoring I've learned to minimize the issue, but I have to train myself to not give into the temptation to do certain things. This one is a weird one, but not unmanageable.
- for the first 2 weeks, and probably into the 3rd week while I was upped to 40mg daily, I had bruxism, or jaw clenching. Nothing severe, but another.. habit. That has mostly gone away.
- I didn't have any sleep troubles at all, but I have always had a really* easy time with sleep. I have however noticed an increase in dreams, multiple per night, and they're rather strange and abstract.
- Random moments where I "fall out" of my nice mood. I'm left with a feeling of anxiety that can last up to an hour, depending on my environment. My gf helps a lot to soothe me in these moments.
- Erratic skin tingles. This one again is similar to rec-amphetamine usage, but a bit of a jolt goes through your skin (not brain zaps as has been described by low seratonin), but a pleasurable [for lack of a better word.. jolt] that runs along my skin from the crown of my head to halfway down my back. This side effect has increased in intensity and frequency as I've moved up to the 50mg that I'm currently taking.
- A cross reaction that I've noticed is to caffeine. For weeks 1-4 I would notice a strong interaction between coffee and the vyvanse. It would essentially intensify all the good feelings of vyvanse and make me hyper vigilant, whereas coffee did nothing to me before except make my head a little foggy for half an hour. I definitely know it was the caffeine, because I would have a monster later in the day and have the same effect.

All of these symptoms have lasted from 30mg, 40mg, and 50mg unless otherwise stated.

A side effect that I've recently taken notice of is a case of hyperhydrosis, or intense sweating from only the armpits. I simply can't stop. Sitting naked in my cold room, my pits keep dripping. I actually went through this during puberty from 16 to 17 years old, then it randomly stopped. I read here that this symptom should eventually clear up, and since that helped me, that's why I created the account to hopefully help others here.

THE TOO LONG DIDN'T READ VERSION:

Good effects:
-Increased productivity and energy (I never feel sleep throughout the day and I did very often before)
-increased discipline in getting organized and sustaining attention on doing homework or tasks for college
-mild mood increase as well as libido
-physical body tingles that are pleasurable and usually brought on by "good music"

Bad effects:
- Chronic* sweating in the last 2 weeks from armpits
- Short bouts of anxiety if I think too much on something or talk too much about something. This may be in contrast to feeling good and taking myself out of it, and thus my body doesn't like losing that and becomes anxious
- Dry mouth - possibly caused by accompanied facial neuroticisms of feeling itchy or generally uncomfortable
- Lack of appetite (can be considered good for some)
- If I don't take them (I didn't take them for 2 days that I stayed home and had nothing to do for that day) increased fatigue past the baseline and lack of motivation (was always there, but now is contrasted to the motivation while on vyvanse)
- Very high blood pressure after drinking too much caffeine while dosed. At one point I was standing still and my heart was going over twice a second. After this I cut out the second coffee/monster in the day
- lack of interesting thoughts during early weeks, but is better now.

All in all I feel I've leveled out a bit, and have to see where the 50mg takes me, but have a feeling I'll stay at this dose for awhile and see what happens.

I hope that helped someone at least!

tania_nia
11-30-11, 09:18 AM
I don't know if this will help anyone I hope it will as it has helped me.

So a few days ago I had a really high heart rate and pulse rate with slurred speech blurred vision the works. Next day I called my doc and my therapist and here's what usually happens.
The medicine is not being moved my your system so when you take the new pill your possibly overdosing. To prevent alot of the side effects, you need to drink ALOT of water. I take my medicine in the afternoon so while I'm at work I drink 1 liter of water by noon and the other liter by the time I go to bed (stopping a few hours before bed so I don't wake up to go to the bathroom). I have noticed a HUGE difference in how I feel. I usually drink most of my water in the afternoon and I was doing it wrong. If you have the dry mouth/bad mouth taste and/or have trouble drinking water just pour a bit of juice then pour water over it. That really helps especially for kids. I also really like the Ozarka flavored sparkling water where the bubbles come from CO2 and not corn syrup.
So, if you are experiencing really strong side effects I would highly recommend you drink plenty of water. Oh, and if you are a caffinated soda drinker/coffee drinker I would try to stop that too. Before Vyvnase I could drink a coke/mt. dew no problem. Now I avoid the stuff like the plague!!

Otsoko
12-08-11, 01:11 AM
- Very high blood pressure after drinking too much caffeine while dosed. At one point I was standing still and my heart was going over twice a second. After this I cut out the second coffee/monster in the day


I have noticed the same thing with my heart rate. I'm not sure what my resting heart rate is normally, but with Vyvanse I noticed it is between 110 and 120, which I'm pretty sure is rather abnormal. I also have some chest pain when I'm on it; sort of that heartbeat-in-your-throat feeling.

I'm gonna call my doctor tomorrow and see what he says. :confused:

katiediditalso
12-08-11, 07:20 AM
My son is going into his third week on 20mg.

Last night OMG. He was talking so fast and not completing sentences. It was almost manic. He's never done this before before or after meds. The day before he was locked in and focused.

Is this normal? WOW. Seems to be the reverse of what we were looking for.

ladythoms
12-16-11, 03:22 PM
My son is going into his third week on 20mg.

Last night OMG. He was talking so fast and not completing sentences. It was almost manic. He's never done this before before or after meds. The day before he was locked in and focused.

Is this normal? WOW. Seems to be the reverse of what we were looking for.

I'm not sure if it's normal or not either, and am curious also.

Today is day 5 for myself being on Vyvanse, and my partner has commented daily that I seem manic and am talking a lot and fast.

I'm not sure if it's a side effect of the medication or if I'm just truly really excited about all the things in my head that I can actually process now and get into words. I've had so many things in my head for so long that it feels really good to be able to say them finally.

alaska137
12-16-11, 03:52 PM
I started Vyvanse 3 days ago, took 40mg the first two days and today cut the pill in half and tried 20mg because I was getting horrible headaches in the evenings and I couldn't sleep. My pulse has been high the past three days, today it's been really high. Right now it's around 120, and I'm sitting in a coffee shop. I went to a yoga class this morning, but haven't been too active since. Is this bad? Should I worry?

Seraphace
12-21-11, 09:08 PM
Well, as an update:

I'm just about finished my month of 50mg vyvanse. Here is what I've noticed.

I don't notice any positive feelings anymore in terms of euphoria or positive side effects. I'm not really sure if it's helped my concentration at all, but I just had massive exam week and I think I did really well. I think it's helped a bit with being able to attend to the words on the page, but it doesn't feel like how I feel it should be, if that makes any sense.

One time I tried not taking it and went to work, thinking it would be a lazy day, I didn't need it. I had a horrible mood swing and I'm not prone to them at all. I felt very lethargic, and negative. I almost quit my job (lousy retail so no big deal), and feeling that dismal was a little shocking. Taking vyvanse seems to have lowered my baseline mood.

One horrible side effect that I've noticed, and has not gone away:

INTENSE SWEATING

It's actually horrible. As I write this, droplets of sweat fall from my armpits. I don't sweat anywhere else, and I sweat when it's freezing cold outside. I'm not sure why it's happening, but I read that it can subside. Even on the day I didn't take it I sweated profusely. I didn't have this problem before the pills. This is definitely from them. Everyday my shirt is soaked through around the armpits. I've bought clinical strength antiperspirant and it has zero effect. It's embarassing. I'm a pretty in shape male, age 28, 5'10, and 190 lbs. There should be no reason for this. I hope it subsides. I'm going back to my doctor tomorrow to see what she says.

19delta
01-08-12, 06:43 PM
My Dr. prescribed Vyvanse two weeks ago due to inability to find 10mg fast acting generic adderall (a result of the present national shortage of that drug).

Disaster!

I've never suffered from abnormal or otherwise "surprise" vouts of acute depression. Or heart palpitations, or shortness of breath. As a combat veteran who's seen a bit, that's saying a lot I suppose. This drug scared the $*it out of me. Details as follows:

Prescribed VyVanse 30 MG extended release 1/day. The scrip was "brand." I logged the following frightening happenings:

* Heart palpitations (I'm a marathoner, competitive cyclist and triathelete, but to be safe; I just scheduled an appointment for a cardiologist).
* Awkward shortness of breath. I felt as though I couldn't totally inhale.

Now, drumroll...
* A feeling as though you could snap your finger and I could cry on demand, with tears. I mean, it was almost humorous to me while this was happening as I knew it was stemming from this damn pill. As the chipper life-of-the-party type at all times, this was quite the surprise.
* My already super-low voice was even more lowered. You could actually heart this in my speech. Similar to how I sound as I'm about to get a nasty head cold or something.
* Labored speech. That's right! And guess what I do for a living? I'm a broadcaster. Speaking at a normal cadence was sometimes a major effort. This only happened when the above two were going on simultaneously.

Quick background:
* Adderall was previously my only prescription med.
* I've never suffered any of the above side effects before. Ever. I've been on generic Ritalin before as well w/o issue.
* I was "dry" (off of Adderall) for over a week prior to trying the Vyvanse
* Just to be sure these were real side effects, I waited a few days after the first dose to which all of this crap happened, and the symptoms all went away immediately. Then I tried Vyvanse again a week later and was greeted by all of the above again.
* Five migraine headaches noted, and mind you; I NEVER suffer from these. For those of you who do, by golly!! I totally understand now how horrible these doozies are. (I felt your pain!)

I was so shocked by all of this that I wanted to log-on here and share with you. To my great fortune, my GP re-wrote the Adderall 20 XR and 10mg quick release scrip for me, and I was able to fill it on first try.

Now granted, this is just one 34 year-old turd guy's opinion but parents: For the love of God, seriously; I'd think twice before tying this on your child. Do a thorough research on this stuff. In general, it seems to accumulate more claims of side effects and here I am as just one example.

Finall disclaimer, this is my first post on this board and I'm very new to treatment (should have done this 15 years ago). My mother is treated and my father is far more ADD than she is (no joke). Two of my three siblings are treated. Our dad could use such meds more than the rest of us combined though ;-). I'm still modifying to discover a dosage that truly works for me. For now, I think I found it in the fast acting generic Adderall, taken in a lower does every 3 hours or so. That was discovered by trial and error. The 20 MG XR also prescribed to me seems not to do much of anything at all. I've tried it by itself and hardly noticed a thing.

With warmest regards,
19Delta

QuietRiot
01-14-12, 06:45 AM
I'm 24-years-old and was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in 3rd grade.
Ritalin>
Adderall>
Strattera>
and now Vyvanse!

Good Side Effects:
-Really focused.. like SUPER focused.
-I'm able to start and complete tasks at work. (Oohs and ahhs all around)
-My inner monologue is structured, no distractions.
-It makes me feel "normal". (Normal in a sense that I feel like a properly functioning human being. I feel like I was hiding before and now I'm ready to come out of my shell. My anxiety feels like it's been lifted. Except now I'm afraid I'm going to hallucinate from the lack of sleep. >_<)
-Talkative, social, happy.
-Strong desire to hang out and socialize with people.

Bad Side Effects:
-I'm experiencing a weird fixation with my mouth; constantly sucking on my teeth, chain smoking cigarettes (I smoke, but not nearly as much as I have been lately), and I'm perpetually chewing gum (chewing a piece, spitting it out, and replacing it with another piece immediately.)
-Dark urine (probably from dehydration) and a teeny bit of irritation "down there" (probably also from the dehydration.)
-Oh jeez and did I mention it's 3:30AM and I CAN'T SLEEP. My body feels exhausted, but I can't seem to wind down.
-I have NO appetite. I forget to eat and I have absolutely no desire to eat. I kind of like it, but it's also kind of scary. If I don't feel hunger pangs I don't know I'm hungry. I hope that side effect wears off. I'd like to enjoy food again.
-Tightness/soreness in mid stomach, sides, little bit of tightness in my chest.
-MAJOR RESTLESSNESS

I almost forgot to mention I feel my "addictive personality" kicking in. Vyvanse makes me feel happy. Like, I'm about to have an orgasm, but I can't quite seem to climax, so I start having a desire for more. I drink coffee to see if it will elevate me more, but it only slightly works. Tomorrow I'm going to lay off the coffee. It's probably not helping my inability to sleep.

In conclusion, I do feel like Vyvanse is helping me, but I believe I need to make some accommodations to my life so I can "accommodate" this drug.

my4swtzn04
01-15-12, 09:50 AM
I'm not sure if it's normal or not either, and am curious also.

Today is day 5 for myself being on Vyvanse, and my partner has commented daily that I seem manic and am talking a lot and fast.

I'm not sure if it's a side effect of the medication or if I'm just truly really excited about all the things in my head that I can actually process now and get into words. I've had so many things in my head for so long that it feels really good to be able to say them finally.

I'm wondering if my dosage isn't high enough! I am not having these effects.. just some dry mouth and minimally decreased appetite. I've still got my perfectionism thoughts with no way to start these projects in my home! Starting college and want to get this straightened out because I don't want to waste our money!

I've never taken meds for ADD but it was something I've always wondered I might have after my brother was dx after I graduated (I'm 5yrs older) but they didn't really treat ADD when I was younger (I'll be 36 in a week!)

kayleewun223
01-23-12, 04:12 PM
after having been on 40mg for over a year I am starting to become much more irritable, and serious much more often. I already have irregular seratonin and dopamine levels, that have aways caused me to be very happy all the time but after being on the medication for so long that is starting to wear off.

Nate W
01-27-12, 08:02 PM
I'm 24-years-old and was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in 3rd grade.
Ritalin>
Adderall>
Strattera>
and now Vyvanse!

Good Side Effects:
-Really focused.. like SUPER focused.
-I'm able to start and complete tasks at work. (Oohs and ahhs all around)
-My inner monologue is structured, no distractions.
-It makes me feel "normal". (Normal in a sense that I feel like a properly functioning human being. I feel like I was hiding before and now I'm ready to come out of my shell. My anxiety feels like it's been lifted. Except now I'm afraid I'm going to hallucinate from the lack of sleep. >_<)
-Talkative, social, happy.
-Strong desire to hang out and socialize with people.

Bad Side Effects:
-I'm experiencing a weird fixation with my mouth; constantly sucking on my teeth, chain smoking cigarettes (I smoke, but not nearly as much as I have been lately), and I'm perpetually chewing gum (chewing a piece, spitting it out, and replacing it with another piece immediately.)
-Dark urine (probably from dehydration) and a teeny bit of irritation "down there" (probably also from the dehydration.)
-Oh jeez and did I mention it's 3:30AM and I CAN'T SLEEP. My body feels exhausted, but I can't seem to wind down.
-I have NO appetite. I forget to eat and I have absolutely no desire to eat. I kind of like it, but it's also kind of scary. If I don't feel hunger pangs I don't know I'm hungry. I hope that side effect wears off. I'd like to enjoy food again.
-Tightness/soreness in mid stomach, sides, little bit of tightness in my chest.
-MAJOR RESTLESSNESS

I almost forgot to mention I feel my "addictive personality" kicking in. Vyvanse makes me feel happy. Like, I'm about to have an orgasm, but I can't quite seem to climax, so I start having a desire for more. I drink coffee to see if it will elevate me more, but it only slightly works. Tomorrow I'm going to lay off the coffee. It's probably not helping my inability to sleep.

In conclusion, I do feel like Vyvanse is helping me, but I believe I need to make some accommodations to my life so I can "accommodate" this drug.
Those are pretty serious side effects. What dose are you taking?

--Nate

TheChemicals
01-29-12, 11:45 AM
I have been on vyvanse for 7 months. 60mgs (i had zero response from 40mg, not even side effects...weird).

Initial bad side effects
Dry mouth
Loss of appetite
Random emotional crying(which i though is good/stress relief)
stomach aches
irritable
sucking lips against teeth- kind like bruxism but not as bad
anxiety and tense back muscles

After 7 mos. bad side effects
Dry mouth
Loss of appetite
Random emotional crying
Sucking lips against teeth
irritable
anxiety and tense back muscles

SO the effects remain but they arent as bad as initially.

kwamme
01-30-12, 02:19 PM
My 8 year old son has been on Vyvanse for about 3 months. Prior to the medication, he could not sit in a chair because of his fidgetiness. His mind was all over the place and had an impossible time focusing on anything. He started with 20 mgs and it immediately made a marked difference in his ability to sit still and focus at school.

Shortly after that he started the medication, he began complaining of extremely dry skin (tears in the middle of the night), though he had no rash or visible skin irritation. After a while and several different remedies (benedryl, baby oil baths, extra rich lotion) that seemed to get under control.

Around month 2, the doc suggested increasing his dosage to improve his focus and concentration a bit more since he is still struggling with schoolwork and completing assignments. Rather than just bumping it up to 30 mgs, she wanted to go straight to 40 mgs to more quickly see the results (and for ease of dosing - just take 2 of the 20 mgs). We tried that for a few days, but it turned him into an absolute terror! He was so angry and mean, but at the same time kind of zombie-like. We cut back to 30 mgs and the emotional side effects improved a little from the 40 mg days, but we are concerned that he is still more sad and angry now than before the meds. He is saying things like "I want to be recycled," "I hate school," "I don't deserve to eat," "I want to blow up the school"... which is, of course, is sad and disturbing.

I can't figure out if it the emotions are primarily caused by his frustration in school (magnified as things get harder and perhaps needing an increase in medicine) or if the medicine is magnifying his "normal" feelings to an extreme level. I would like to trial no medicine during a few school days (the days when sadness and anger are more prevalent), but his teacher is really concerned about him backsliding to his pre-medicine classroom behavior.

Another severe side effect he's having seems to be the continuation of the itchy skin he experienced early on: the skin under his arms, around his genitals, and behind his knees are extremely dry and irritated... like nothing I've seen before. I haven't seen this listed as a typical side effect anywhere...???

I'm looking for some insight from an ADHD adult or perhaps parent of an ADHD child that has been through this (especially the emotional side). Having written this all down, it seems like the meds are a bad idea... but going back to no meds doesn't seem like a good option either. And all the other ADHD medicines out there seem to have even worse side effects...????

colnajoe
01-31-12, 12:18 PM
I have only been on Vyvanse for a few days. I'm nearly 49 and was diagnosed in 2nd grade (1972). Rittalin, adderall and now Vyvanse. I have been a police officer for 30 years and experimenting and finding the right dose has always been difficult.

With shift work, working mids, getting up for court, and managing times of complete bordum with minutes of complete rush of a hectic situation, finding the right drug and the right amount has been challenging to say the least. So difficult at times, I quit using all together because I felt I "had control of the situation". That was usually the start of my inability to focus and consntrate fully on the job at hand. Over the years I have been disciplined for my lack of attention to details, incomplete assignments, and forgetting the small details of insignificant issues.

Enter Vyvanse. I am able to make it through a 10 hour shift, no nasty crash, mellow feeling of total control. My only issue was with the first day I had hot and cold flashes, and one really nasty headache at bedtime. I never liked the rush I got initially from Rit and ADD, made it difficult to drive a squad, hear radio transmissions, and clearly focus. And those drugs never made it until the end of my shift, causing a terrible crash.

Those close to me have noticed a difference already. Spouse, 20 year co-workers, and hopefully my bosses. It's too late in my career to continue to climb the ladder so-to-speak, but if Vyvanse had been around earlier in my life, It would have made a huge difference to my life. In addition, if you or someone is looking for that right career, look into law enforcement (yes, I heard the "they let you carry a gun? statements). But it offers freedom from routine, exciting daily adventures, and you can pick a shift to fit your need for excitement. I can retire within a couple of years, and I still love it, and Vyvanse has made it that much better. Rit and Add were not good at all.

Wintersun
02-15-12, 10:30 AM
I just started Vyvanse 40mg. 39/f here. I've been prescribed adderallxr and focalin xr (30 mg) in the past. I like the Adderall XR but I'm uninsured, and Shire has patient assistance for Vyvanse.

Focalin was the best thing that ever happened to me, but then it just-quit working. A dose increase only made things worse. I napped all the time.

The Vyvanse is coming unfortunately at the same time I appear to be going through some hormonal changes, so it's hard for me to differentiate the side effects from the hormones. Definitely loss of appetite, dry mouth. Super hyper focus, even on distractions.

Also, sometimes I end up taking it and then going back to sleep for a couple/few hours.

But, I wil say this: I get maybe a few hours out of the Vyvanse. Nothing like the 12 that was promised. I see some people are taking a mid day dose. Maybe I'll try that.

I don't know if the irritability and deep sadness are part of the vyvanse package or the perimenopause package, so I'm continuing the drug while I try to get my hormones in check. Thinking of adding an SSRI though, because I'm really pretty sad, even when I'm under full Vyvanse effect.

I'm also prescribed lorazepam .5, morning midday and night. I don't always take it during the day. I have noticed my heart rate is much higher than normal.

HappyLady
02-18-12, 08:37 AM
Hi there! I have been a long time lurker, this is my first post. 38/f here, been on vyvanse for 9 mos now. doc started me @ 20mg (joke), upped me to 50 about 3 mos later, at which point I experienced: severe dry mouth, hyperactive behavior, zero appetite, weight loss, short-lived but fairly major irritability upon coming down, chewed my face off and ground down my molars...and it lasted for 10 hours.

About a month later or so, my appetite came back (bummer), dry mouth was much milder, irritability almost gone, and coming down was barely noticeable.. But it seemed to last only about 7 hours.

I'm now on 70mg. Almost no side effects, although I find myself clenching my jaws once in a while still. I love the 'calm' I have now (had to wait out those side effects, totally worth it). However, it isn't lasting all day, which is frustrating. My doc doesn't believe that the drug wears off for me, and he won't try any other stimulants, so I'll take what I can get.

425runner
02-19-12, 01:20 PM
I thought I'd pinch in my experience as well. I was started on Adderall IR 20 mg but switched to Vyvanse, over several months gradually went from 20 mg to 70 mg. The thing about dry skin is sooo true!! I've never had that problem before and I drank 2 liters of water every day to prevent dehydration. I started using Nivea cream on my hands and Vasoline Intensive Therapy with cocoa butter on my body after showers.

I was 34 at that time. It worked great but after 6 months I started getting frequent candida infections and my doc said that my immune system was shot. When it wore off, I felt depressed. Eventually I got off this evil drug and been "clean" for 7 months.
Can't say much about emotional side effects as it made me very calm and focused.

My new psych doctor prescribed Dexedrine 5 mg twice a day and it works great! Doesn't last as long as Vyvanse but oh well....

Matthamilton72
12-04-12, 02:31 PM
I'm starting Vyvanse. Been on it a week. 20mg. I had cold feet last night and have been getting chills even on a warm day. Then, last night, I had flu-like symptoms but no fever or anything. Anyone else experienced this? My joints are aching and I'm feeling chills today.

SASChii
12-06-12, 02:24 AM
been having some discomfort in my solar plexus region plus a full feeling and nausea. Has anyone else had these symptoms? It slmost like acid reflux. The nausea would cause my salivary glands to kick in to sorta "prime the pump" to expect some vomit. I would dry heave as well.

I am on my second month of Vyvanse at 50mg once a day. I take it with food in the morning with coffee and sometimes I will not eat the rest of the day until dinner time. By this time I am really uninterested in eating. I am thinking that the lack of food may have contributed to this condition.,,,and I can't believe I am watching CSI, I hate those shows LOL.

txhausfrau
12-18-12, 02:41 PM
I've been taking Vyvanse for just about 2 weeks now. The doctor had prescribed me 30mg for one week, and then 50mg as my regular dosage. I had to call yesterday to ask to go back down to the 30mg.

Effects of the 30mg: loss of appetite, slight headache, dry mouth, slight difficulty going to sleep

Effects of the 50mg: loss of appetite to the point that trying to eat made me feel like I was going to throw up, bad headache, and there seemed to be 'peaks' within the medicine. I would feel great and energized, and then blah. I felt pretty crashy by 2pm. I was also sweating a LOT, and the sweat itself smelled very bad (sour, stress sweat).

I've lost 7lbs in close to two weeks, which is fine for me, because I had that 'last 5' that even a very low cal diet wasn't getting rid of, but it is something I'll be keeping an eye on, because I don't really need to lose more.

dvdnvwls
12-19-12, 04:07 AM
I've been taking Vyvanse for just about 2 weeks now. The doctor had prescribed me 30mg for one week, and then 50mg as my regular dosage. I had to call yesterday to ask to go back down to the 30mg.

Effects of the 30mg: loss of appetite, slight headache, dry mouth, slight difficulty going to sleep

Effects of the 50mg: loss of appetite to the point that trying to eat made me feel like I was going to throw up, bad headache, and there seemed to be 'peaks' within the medicine. I would feel great and energized, and then blah. I felt pretty crashy by 2pm. I was also sweating a LOT, and the sweat itself smelled very bad (sour, stress sweat).

Not saying it's only this, but you really need more water for sure. Did you by any chance drink coffee?

txhausfrau
12-19-12, 11:52 AM
Not saying it's only this, but you really need more water for sure. Did you by any chance drink coffee?

I learned that the coffee was a nogo the second day I took the Vyvanse, and I've been slugging back water like crazy because of the dryness in my mouth. I'm a smoker, and I've also realized that since I started taking the meds, my urge to smoke has increased dramatically, and I've been trying to counteract that by drinking water as well.

AvieJan
09-26-13, 12:01 PM
HI! New to this forum but had some Vyvanse questions that seem answered here. Awesome.
I was on 40mg and now on 50. The 40 did nothing and the 50 is really disrupting my sleep. I have only taken it for a few days so I am glad to read that some of the effects wear off. I like the dry mouth because of the amount of water I am drinking so that's actually not too bad. I am tired from my bad sleep but I will wait it out and see. I also read that someone mentioned that exercise helped the effects so I will increase that. The decrease in appetite is just fine, I could stand to miss a few meals.:p
Matthamilton72 - I haven't experienced any of your symptoms, sounds like you are just getting sick. Fingers crossed that you feel better!
What a great forum! It gives you dry skin? I was wondering why my hands were terrible and I needed chapstick already. Okay something I will have to watch out for. I'm excited to read more.