- Are Ritalin and Vyvanse the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Vyvanse?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Ritalin?
- What Is Vyvanse?
- What Is Ritalin?
- What Drugs Interact with Vyvanse?
- What Drugs Interact with Ritalin?
- How Should Vyvanse Be Taken?
- How Should Ritalin Be Taken?
Are Vyvanse and Ritalin the Same Thing?
What Are Possible Side Effects of Vyvanse?
Vyvanse may cause serious side effects, including:
- slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
The most common side effects of Vyvanse in ADHD include:
- decreased appetite
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite
- trouble sleeping
- upper stomach pain
- weight loss
The most common side effects of Vyvanse in BED include:
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
- decreased appetite
- increased heart rate
- feeling jittery
Talk to your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Vyvanse. For more information ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Ritalin?
Common side effects of Ritalin include:
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- stomach pain,
- loss of appetite,
- weight loss,
- vision problems,
- increased heart rate,
- increased blood pressure,
- skin rash,
- psychosis, and
- tingling, or
- cold feeling in your hands or feet.
What Is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine used to treat:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Vyvanse may help reduce the number of binge eating days in patients with BED
Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.
It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective in children with ADHD under 6 years of age or in patients with BED under 18 years of age.
Do not take Vyvanse if you:
- are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI
- are sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines
Before you take Vyvanse, tell your doctor if you have or if there is a family history of:
- heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure
- mental problems including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression
- circulation problems in fingers and toes
Tell your doctor if:
- You have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower your dose.
- You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby
- You are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Vyvanse can pass into your milk. Do not breastfeed while taking Vyvanse. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Vyvanse.
What Is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ritalin may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
Ritalin should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.
Ritalin is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.
Ritalin is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Ritalin in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Ritalin may harm others, and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
What Drugs Interact With Vyvanse?
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Vyvanse can affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Vyvanse works. Using Vyvanse with other medicines can cause serious side effects.
Especially tell your doctor if you take anti-depression medicines including MAOIs.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.
Know the medicines that you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
Do not start any new medicine while taking Vyvanse without talking to your doctor first.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Vyvanse affects you
What Drugs Interact With
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child takes including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ritalin and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking Ritalin.
Your doctor will decide whether Ritalin can be taken with other medicines.
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:
- anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
- seizure medicines
- blood thinner medicines
- blood pressure medicines
- cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
- Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.
Do not start any new medicine while taking Ritalin without talking to your doctor first.
How Should Vyvanse Be Taken?
- Take Vyvanse exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
- Your doctor may change your dose until it is right for you.
- Take Vyvanse 1 time each day in the morning.
- Vyvanse can be taken with or without food.
- Vyvanse capsules may be swallowed whole.
- If you have trouble swallowing capsules, open your Vyvanse capsule and pour all the powder into yogurt, water, or orange juice.
- Use all of the Vyvanse powder from the capsule so you get all of the medicine.
- Using a spoon, break apart any powder that is stuck together. Stir the Vyvanse powder and yogurt, water or orange juice until they are completely mixed together.
- Eat all the yogurt or drink all the water or orange juice right away after it has been mixed with Vyvanse. Do not store the yogurt, water, or orange juice after it has been mixed with Vyvanse. It is normal to see a film y coating on the inside of your glass or container after you eat or drink all the Vyvanse.
- Your doctor may sometimes stop Vyvanse treatment for a while to check your ADHD or your BED symptoms.
- Your doctor may do regular checks of your heart, and blood pressure while taking Vyvanse.
- Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Vyvanse. Vyvanse treatment may be stopped if a problem.
- If you take too much Vyvanse, call your doctor or poison control center (1-800-222-1222) right away, or get to the nearest hospital emergency room.
How Should Ritalin Be Taken?
- Take Ritalin exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.
- Ritalin is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day.
- Take Ritalin 30 to 45 minutes before a meal.
- From time to time, your doctor may stop Ritalin treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.
- Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Ritalin. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Ritalin. Ritalin treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups. If you or your child takes too much Ritalin or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.
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