December 21, 2014
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Vyvanse

(lisdexamfetamine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02322951 VYVANSE 30MG CAPSULE
02322978 VYVANSE 50MG CAPSULE
02347156 VYVANSE 20MG CAPSULE
02347164 VYVANSE 40MG CAPSULE
02347172 VYVANSE 60MG CAPSULE

How does Vyvanse work? What will it do for me?

Lisdexamfetamine belongs to the class of medications known as central nervous system stimulants. It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by affecting the balance of natural chemicals in the brain. It helps to increase attention and decrease hyperactivity and impulsiveness in children with ADHD. Lisdexamfetamine should be part of a treatment plan that includes other treatments (e.g., counselling, education).

Your child's doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your child's doctor, or are not sure why your child is taking this medication, speak to their doctor. Your child should not stop taking this medication without consulting their doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as your child. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use Vyvanse?

The usual starting dose of lisdexamfetamine is 30 mg once a day in the morning. Although doses larger than 30 mg have not been shown to be more effective, and often cause more side effects, your child's doctor may choose to increase the dose gradually, if the lower dose is not fully effective. The maximum daily dose is 60 mg per day.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your child's doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that your child is taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Lisdexamfetamine may be taken with or without food. The capsules may be taken whole, or the contents of the capsule can be dissolved in a glass of water and taken immediately.

It is important for your child to take this medication exactly as prescribed by their doctor. If your child misses a dose in the morning, skip the missed dose and wait until the next day to continue with their regular dosing schedule. Do not give your child a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after your child misses a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Vyvanse come in?

20 mg
Each capsule with ivory body and ivory cap imprinted with "S489 20 mg" contains lisdexamfetamine dimesylate 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and one or more of the following: FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FDA/E172 black iron oxide, FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide.

30 mg
Each capsule with white body and orange cap imprinted with "S489 30 mg" contains lisdexamfetamine dimesylate 30 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and one or more of the following: FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FDA/E172 black iron oxide, FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide No. 40.

40 mg
Each capsule with white body and blue-green cap imprinted with "S489 40 mg" contains lisdexamfetamine dimesylate 40 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and one or more of the following: FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FDA/E172 black iron oxide, FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide.

50 mg
Each capsule with white body and blue cap imprinted with "S489 50 mg" contains lisdexamfetamine dimesylate 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and one or more of the following: FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FDA/E172 black iron oxide, FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide.

60 mg
Each capsule with aqua blue body and aqua blue cap imprinted with "S489 60  mg" contains lisdexamfetamine dimesylate 60 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and one or more of the following: FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FDA/E172 black iron oxide, FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide.

Who should NOT take Vyvanse?

Do not take lisdexamfetamine if you:

  • are allergic to lisdexamfetamine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to amphetamines or related medications (e.g., epinephrine)
  • are in an agitated state
  • have a history of drug misuse
  • have an overactive thyroid
  • have glaucoma
  • have hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis)
  • have heart disease with symptoms (e.g., chest pain, shortness of breath)
  • have moderate to severe high blood pressure
  • have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI; e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide) within the last 14 days

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