Mixing Alcohol and Lisdexamfetamine Side Effects and Interactions
Lisdexamfetamine is a relatively new drug, sold under the trade name Vyvanse. The drug is an amphetamine and central nervous system stimulant, prescribed to treat ADHD symptoms. It’s also given to patients to treat binge eating disorder and was the first drug approved for that use. Lisdexamfetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S., indicating its potential for abuse and dependence. This drug is abused recreationally because it can create feelings of euphoria, self-confidence, focus, concentration, energy and sociability. These effects are more likely to occur when lisdexamfetamine is used in high doses.
Lisdexamfetamine is believed to have certain advantages over other ADHD drugs because it’s a prodrug. A prodrug is one that is absorbed more easily and smoothly in a more slow, steady way. If someone attempts to abuse lisdexamfetamine by injecting it or snorting it, the effects or speed of onset will not increase. As with other ADHD stimulant drugs, lisdexamfetamine affects concentrations of certain brain neurotransmitters. The drug increases levels of dopamine and norepinephrine.
Common side effects include anxiety, sleep problems, dry mouth, irritability and decreased appetite. More severe side effects can include changes in thoughts or behavior, worsening bipolar disorder, hallucinations, and delusions. Paranoia, increased blood pressure and blood flow problems are possible, and there is a risk of sudden stroke, heart attack or death.
Lisdexamfetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. Alcohol, on the other hand, depresses the central nervous system. Some people may have the misconception that taking alcohol and lisdexamfetamine together would somehow cause them to cancel out the effects of one another. This is not the case. In fact, mixing alcohol and lisdexamfetamine can make the symptoms of both substances more severe or dangerous. Since lisdexamfetamine is an amphetamine, there is the risk of raised blood pressure when it’s mixed with alcohol. There is also a greater risk of heart issues when someone takes the generic or brand-name Vyvanse with alcohol.
Mixing alcohol and lisdexamfetamine can mask feelings of being drunk. The stimulant effects of lisdexamfetamine can hide how drunk a person really is, and they may continue drinking despite severe intoxication. Even though the person may not feel like they’re highly intoxicated, they can still experience alcohol poisoning or other injuries or risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Since so many of the side effects of Vyvanse are psychological, alcohol can heighten these as well. Someone who is mixing alcohol and lisdexamfetamine may seem to be very anxious, irritable or even aggressive. Mixing any stimulant with alcohol can cause extreme changes in mood and erratic behavior.
Some of the most severe risks of mixing alcohol and lisdexamfetamine can include cardiac problems, and changes in mood or behavior. Also, if someone is regularly mixing alcohol and a stimulant like lisdexamfetamine, it can represent a substance abuse problem or a polysubstance addiction. When someone is addicted to multiple substances or dependent upon them simultaneously, it makes withdrawal and addiction treatment more complex.
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