Lisdexamfetamine is a prescription drug. It is a central nervous system stimulant that is part of the amphetamine drug class. Lisdexamfetamine is used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder. This prescription drug can be used to treat ADHD for both adults and children aged six years and older. One of the brand names of lisdexamfetamine is Vyvanse. As with other ADHD medications, lisdexamfetamine is intended to be part of a larger and more comprehensive treatment plan that includes treatment of social and psychological factors. When lisdexamfetamine is used for the treatment of binge eating disorder, the aim is to reduce the number of binge eating days. Vyvanse isn’t supposed to be used as a weight loss aid.
Lisdexamfetamine is similar to Adderall, which is another central nervous system stimulant that is also used to treat ADHD. These drugs increase the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, making it easier for someone with ADHD to focus. These drugs can also reduce impulsive or hyperactive behaviors. Due to the effects of stimulant drugs like lisdexamfetamine on the brain, they do have a potential for abuse. The primary difference between Adderall and lisdexamfetamine is that lisdexamfetamine is a prodrug. That means it has to be taken orally for it to be effective. Brand-name Vyvanse also has a slower absorption rate and there are fewer rebound symptoms when the drug starts to wear off. Lisdexamfetamine may have a reduced potential for abuse, when compared to Adderall, but the risk isn’t altogether eliminated.
While lisdexamfetamine is the generic name of the drug Vyvanse, there isn’t currently a generic version of the drug that is available. Instead, there are varying dosages of Vyvanse that are available, including:
- Vyvanse 10 mg: capsule is pink and oblong, with an imprint of “S489” and “10 mg”
- Vyvanse 20 mg: ivory capsule imprinted with “S489” and “20 mg”
- Vyvanse 30 mg: capsule is orange and white and imprinted with “S489” and “30 mg”
- Vyvanse 40 mg: capsule is white and bluish-green and imprinted with “S489” and “40 mg”
- Vyvanse 50 mg: capsule is white and blue and imprinted with “S489” and “50 mg”
- Vyvanse 60 mg: capsule is light blue and imprinted with “S489” and “60 mg”
- Vyvanse 70 mg: capsule is orange and blue and imprinted with “S489” and “70 mg”
There are also Vyvanse chewable tablets. There is a Vyvanse 10 mg chewable tablet that’s round, white and imprinted with “10” and “S489.” The 20 mg Vyvanse chewable tablet is white and hexagon-shaped, and is imprinted with “20” and “S489.” The Vyvanse 30 mg chewable tablet is white and triangle-shaped. It’s imprinted with “30” and “S489.” There is a Vyvanse 40 mg chewable tablet that’s white and oblong, and is imprinted with “40” and “S489.” There’s a Vyvanse 50 mg chewable tablet that’s square and white with “50” and “480” imprinted upon it. Finally, there is a 60 mg chewable Vyvanse tablet, which is a diamond-shaped pill, imprinted with “60” and “S489.”
Lisdexamfetamine, or Vyvanse, can be addictive. This stimulant medication speeds up brain activity when someone uses it and it can produce effects like euphoria, increased energy levels, and appetite loss. These are all reasons someone might recreationally abuse Vyvanse. It’s been shown to improve cognitive performance as well, so people might abuse it to perform better at school or work. Any time a drug like lisdexamfetamine or Vyvanse affects brain neurotransmitters like dopamine, there is a potential for abuse and addiction. All prescription stimulants can be addictive and can produce physical dependence as well.
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