Vyvanse In Ohio | Uses, Effects, & Signs Of Addiction

Vyvanse is a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for drug abuse. Vyvanse can be abused for its ability to cause a rush of energy and euphoria. Illicit Vyvanse can be obtained on the illegal drug market or by people who have a prescription.

Vyvanse Capsules-Vyvanse | Uses, Effects, & Signs Of Addiction

Vyvanse is a brand name amphetamine that’s FDA-approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED). Its generic name is lisdexamfetamine dimesylate.

Vyvanse abuse can cause side effects such as heart problems, high blood pressure, serotonin syndrome, and drug addiction.

Approved Uses For Vyvanse

In the United States, Vyvanse is approved for the treatment of ADHD in both adolescents and adults. It may also be used to treat binge eating disorders in adults. When taken as directed, Vyvanse reduces impulsivity and appetite, while improving attention, energy, and focus.

Vyvanse is a prodrug, a type of medication designed with increased effectiveness and lower abuse potential in mind. Approved methods of use include emptying Vyvanse capsules into a glass of water or orange juice and drinking the mixture.

Unlike other prescription amphetamines, Vyvanse does not have off-label uses for weight loss, obesity, or narcolepsy.

Vyvanse Abuse

Although it is a prodrug, Vyvanse can still be abused for its stimulant effects. As a central nervous system stimulant, Vyvanse can increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain. These effects can be abused to increase energy, mood, and wakefulness.

Forms of Vyvanse abuse include taking Vyvanse without a prescription, crushing, snorting, or injecting Vyvanse tablets, taking Vyvanse in higher doses than prescribed, or mixing it with alcohol or other drugs.

Vyvanse is not recommended for use in patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a type of antidepressant. Mixing Vyvanse with medications that cause drug interactions is also a form of drug abuse.

Effects Of Vyvanse Use & Abuse

Side effects of Vyvanse use may include:

  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • increased heart rate
  • irritability
  • chest pain
  • insomnia
  • onset of bipolar disorder

Both serious and common side effects may occur when you take Vyvanse as directed. Abusing Vyvanse may increase your risk of serious side effects.

Vyvanse Overdose

Serious side effects of Vyvanse, such as psychosis, serotonin syndrome, and cardiovascular and circulation problems, may be signs of a Vyvanse overdose. Overdose can cause heart attack and sudden death, especially in patients who do not receive timely medical treatment.

Signs Of Vyvanse Addiction

Signs of Vyvanse addiction in a loved one may include changing their social groups, problems at school or work, dysphoria, and drug paraphernalia such as straws or syringes. People with a personal or family history of substance abuse may be at a higher risk for Vyvanse addiction.

Vyvanse Withdrawal

Once a Vyvanse addiction develops, it can be difficult to quit. You may experience withdrawal symptoms and mental health problems, leading you to keep taking Vyvanse despite the worsening of your health.

ADHD medications such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse can be harmful to your health if abused. For information on our inpatient stimulant medication treatment programs, please contact us today.

Written by
Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: October 31, 2022

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