Mixing Alcohol and Vyvanse: Side Effects and Interactions

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Vyvanse is a prescription drug, also known by its generic name lisdexamfetamine. Vyvanse is prescribed to treat symptoms of ADHD and Binge Eating Disorder. Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant and it’s similar in many ways to Adderall. The primary difference between Vyvanse and Adderall is the fact that Vyvanse is intended to have a smoother onset of action and a lower risk of abuse. Despite the lower risk, abuse is still possible and does occur with Vyvanse. With any prescription stimulant ADHD medicine, abuse is possible. Vyvanse and other amphetamines affect neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine, causing a euphoric high in some people.

Vyvanse is approved only for children aged six years and above when it’s used as an ADHD treatment. For Binge Eating Disorder, it’s only approved for use in people aged 18 years and older. It’s not approved as a treatment for obesity or as a weight loss drug. Some of the common side effects of Vyvanse can include anxiety, irritability, feeling jittery or having sleep problems. Rare, but possible, side effects can include fatigue, intense anxiety, panic attack, paranoia, hallucinations and mania. Stimulants like Vyvanse can have effects on the cardiovascular system as well. It can cause rising blood pressure and heart rate, sudden, severe cardiac events, and problems with circulation. Symptoms related to the digestive system can include dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. Some people might not be good candidates to take Vyvanse. This includes people with a history of heart problems or high blood pressure, people with mental health problems like bipolar or depression, or people with a history of substance abuse.

Mixing Alcohol and Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) Side Effects and Interactions

There is no reason to mix alcohol and Vyvanse because the side effects can be serious. If someone is prescribed Vyvanse, they should be aware of the risks associated with mixing the drug with alcohol. For someone who recreationally abuses Vyvanse, these risks can be even higher because they may take very large, dangerous doses of Vyvanse. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and instead of reducing the stimulant symptoms of Vyvanse, alcohol can actually make symptoms worse.

Studies have shown that mixing alcohol and amphetamines like Vyvanse can cause blood pressure and heart complications. The heart-related risks of Vyvanse are more significant when it’s used with alcohol. Alcohol and Vyvanse, used together, can increase the risk of psychiatric symptoms such as new or worsening behavioral or mood problems. Someone who mixes alcohol and Vyvanse may experience things like delusions, hallucinations or paranoia. Lastly, when alcohol and Vyvanse are combined, the individual may not be aware of how much they’re drinking. Vyvanse can mask the symptoms of intoxication, putting the person at risk of alcohol poisoning or injury.

Along with the risks of mixing alcohol and Vyvanse, there are other things to consider. If someone is regularly abusing multiple substances, they are at risk of developing a polysubstance addiction and dependence problem. Being addicted or dependent upon multiple substances at one time makes addiction treatment more complex and can make withdrawal symptoms more severe. Mixing alcohol and Vyvanse can cause anything from mild side effects like intoxication to severe or deadly side effects like a sudden heart attack or stroke.

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