What is Lisdexamfetamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vyvanse Elvanse

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Lisdexamfetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. It is used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 329 175
Problems concentrating 129 86
Fatigue 114 68
Attention deficit disorder 38 19
Binge eating disorder 18 10
Depressed mood 15 14

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 22
Moderate 62
Mild 96
None 88

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 35
Dry mouth 16
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 15
Anxious mood 14
Headaches 12
Insomnia 10

Show all 116 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
70 mg daily 9
30 mg daily 8
50 mg daily 8
40 mg daily 7
60 mg daily 4
20 mg daily 2
140 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 1
70 mg twice daily 1
30mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 52
Side effects too severe 48
Other 35
Doctor's advice 33
Expense 30
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 17
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 196
Usually 57
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 215
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 10
$100-199 15
$50-99 19
$25-49 53
< $25 61
Not specified 110

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 61
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 34
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 5
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 4
Modafinil (Provigil) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 31
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 7
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 4
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 4
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 3

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

15 patient evaluations for Lisdexamfetamine

Jul 1, 2019 (Started May 26, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 8, 2017 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emotional eating)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased energy, increased motivation, teeth grinding (bruxism), improved cognition, pain, loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Drug Holiday
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 3, 2017 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for emotional eating)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (lack of motivation, increased energy, increased motivation, teeth grinding (bruxism), improved cognition, pain, loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After 7 1/2 months of taking Vyvance, it has stopped working for me. At the beginning it worked GREAT.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emotional eating)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lack of motivation, increased energy, increased motivation, teeth grinding (bruxism), improved cognition, pain, loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have notice improved cognition, eating less, less pain, improved interest in life, more energy and grinding my teeth.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 16, 2016 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for emotional eating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased energy, increased motivation, teeth grinding (bruxism), improved cognition, pain, loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have notice improved cognition, eating less, less pain, improved interest in life, more energy and grinding my teeth.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 24, 2016 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for emotional eating)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased energy, increased motivation, teeth grinding (bruxism), improved cognition, loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is day one of taking Vyvanse and it has only been 6 hours after taking Vyvanse and I want to grind my teeth real bad.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 2, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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