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).

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 320 172
Problems concentrating 124 82
Fatigue 111 66
Attention deficit disorder 35 14
Binge eating disorder 16 9
Lack of motivation 15 17

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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 56
Mild 93
None 83

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 33
Dry mouth 15
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 14
Anxious mood 13
Headaches 12
Insomnia 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 17
30 mg daily 12
60 mg daily 12
40 mg daily 11
70 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 3
40mg as needed 2
10 mg daily 1
80 mg daily 1
140 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 50
Side effects too severe 46
Other 36
Doctor's advice 32
Expense 29
Change in health plan coverage 16
Personal research 16
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 187
Usually 52
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 202
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 10
$100-199 15
$50-99 15
$25-49 49
< $25 60
Not specified 105

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 56
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 29
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 5
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 4
Modafinil (Provigil) 4

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Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 29
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 8
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 4
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 3

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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15 patient evaluations for Lisdexamfetamine

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

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Nov 14, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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