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

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on December 11, 2022

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 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, smoking, plugging, 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.

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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 Vyvanse 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.


How Long Does Vyvanse Stay In Your System?

The stimulant prescription drug Vyvanse stays in your system for up to 90 days as detected by a hair test. However, Vyvanse detection windows depend on the type of drug test used. For example, a urine test can detect the drug between 3-5 days after last use.

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What’s A Standard Dose Of Vyvanse?

The standard dose of Vyvanse is 30 mg per day. The range of recommended doses of Vyvanse per day may be between 10 mg to 70 mg per day.

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How Much Does Vyvanse Cost?

Vyvanse can cost around $12 per day (1 tablet or capsule) at a pharmacy without insurance. On the street, Vyvanse pills usually cost between $2 and $15.

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What Is Vyvanse Called On The Street?

Vyvanse can be called “speed,” “uppers,” “glass,” and “pep pills” on the street. These names may refer to street Vyvanse in solid or liquid forms.

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How Does Vyvanse Affect Sex Drive?

The effects of Vyvanse on a person’s sex drive are unpredictable. In studies, many people report no change to their sex drive at all, while others experienced slightly or greatly increased libido or decreased sexual interest and sexual dysfunction.

Learn more about Vyvanse & Sex Drive

  1. Food and Drug Administration — VYVANSE ® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) capsules, for oral use, CII https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/208510lbl.pdf
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse — Prescription Stimulants DrugFact https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-stimulants
  3. Pharmacy and Therapeutics — Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate (Vyvanse), A Prodrug Stimulant for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2873712/

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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