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Vyvanse Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- What are the possible side effects of lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- What should I discuss with my doctor before taking lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- How should I take lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Vyvanse)?
- What happens if I overdose (Vyvanse)?
- What should I avoid while taking lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- What other drugs will affect lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my doctor before taking lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
Do not use lisdexamfetamine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take lisdexamfetamine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to lisdexamfetamine or if you have:
- heart disease or moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension);
- arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
- overactive thyroid;
- severe anxiety, tension, or agitation; or
- if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- a congenital heart defect;
- high blood pressure;
- heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, or recent heart attack;
- a personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, or suicide attempt;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder; or
- tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication will harm an unborn baby. It could cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes lisdexamfetamine during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication..
Lisdexamfetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Long-term use of lisdexamfetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Do not take lisdexamfetamine in the evening because it may cause sleep problems (insomnia).
Lisdexamfetamine may be taken with or without food.
The capsule should be swallowed whole. You may also open the lisdexamfetamine capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a glass of water. After the medicine has dissolved, drink this mixture right away. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.
Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using lisdexamfetamine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Lisdexamfetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. You should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.
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