Vyvanse Abuse Side Effects

Vyvanse is a prescription central nervous system stimulant drug. The generic name of Vyvanse is lisdexamfetamine. This drug is prescribed primarily for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s also approved to treat Binge Eating Disorder. The drug is intended to help control impulses and promote better focus. However, Vyvanse has the potential to be a drug of abuse as well. When someone uses Vyvanse, it can affect certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including norepinephrine and serotonin. In doing so, Vyvanse can create feelings of euphoria, energy, focus and other effects when it’s abused. The high that can come from the use of this prescription stimulant can lead to addiction. Vyvanse is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S., meaning that the Drug Enforcement Agency has determined that it has a high potential for severe psychological and physical dependence.

Symptoms of Vyvanse abuse can include speaking quickly, sweating, dilated pupils, raised heart rate and high blood pressure. Other symptoms of Vyvanse abuse can include staying awake for long periods, loss of appetite, and intense focus or concentration. Someone who abuses Vyvanse may seem to be more talkative or social than normal. Vyvanse abuse symptoms can also include having increased self-confidence or an inflated mood. Once someone comes down from a Vyvanse high, they can experience a crash. Symptoms of a Vyvanse crash may include depression, fatigue and loss of motivation.

Some of the common side effects of abuse can include weight loss and sleep problems. Severe side effects can occur as well, such as changes in the heart rate or sudden cardiac episodes. Warning signs of heart problems can include chest pain, shortness of breath or feeling faint. The risk of cardiac side effects is highest in people who have a personal or family history of similar issues. Other possible side effects of Vyvanse abuse can include convulsions, psychosis and general changes in mood or behavior. People who abuse Vyvanse can become psychologically addicted or physically dependent upon the drug as well.

There are certain outward signs of Vyvanse addiction that people may notice in their loved ones. There are physical symptoms, as well as behavioral and lifestyle side effects. Signs of Vyvanse abuse can include taking the drug without a prescription or taking higher doses than prescribed. When someone uses Vyvanse in any way other than prescribed and instructed by a medical professional, it’s considered to be abuse. Vyvanse abuse can include crushing tablets or emptying capsules in order to snort or inject the drug. Abuse doesn’t necessarily result in addiction but addiction is more likely to occur in people who abuse a prescription drug like Vyvanse. Signs of Vyvanse addiction can include:

  • Compulsive drug-seeking and drug usage
  • Continuing to use Vyvanse even when there are negative side effects or consequences
  • Trying to cut down or stop Vyvanse unsuccessfully
  • Being increasingly secretive or changing routines
  • Putting oneself in dangerous situations in order to obtain more Vyvanse or to use it
  • Withdrawing from loved ones and responsibilities like school or work
  • Developing a tolerance and physical dependence
Vyvanse abuse or addiction can be dangerous and even deadly. There are also long-term effects of Vyvanse that one should be aware of. For example, people who chronically abuse Vyvanse may incur permanent changes in their mental and cognitive function. There have been abnormalities detected in the brain scans of people who have abused amphetamine over a long time. People who abuse Vyvanse over the long-term may suffer from mental health issues, such as psychosis, depression, anxiety or mania. There are also the physical health problems that can happen, including increased risk of heart problems and malnourishment. Long-term Vyvanse abuse can contribute to organ damage as well.

Addiction is a disease that can be treated but it’s complex and requires the right type of care. The Recovery Village’s intake specialists are here so you can learn more and take the next step that’s right for you or your loved one.

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