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 284 141
Problems concentrating 110 66
Fatigue 102 56
Attention deficit disorder 26 7
Lack of motivation 14 16
Depressed mood 12 12

Show all 61 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
18
Moderate
47
Mild
77
None
70

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 15
Dry mouth 13
Anxious mood 12
Headaches 11
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 11
Decreased appetite 10

Show all 110 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 18
50 mg daily 18
70 mg daily 18
30 mg daily 16
60 mg daily 9
20 mg daily 5
10 mg daily 3
80 mg daily 2
25 mg daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 43
Side effects too severe 40
Other 33
Doctor's advice 27
Expense 27
Change in health plan coverage 15
Personal research 15
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 31
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 157
Usually 48
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 168
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 13
$50-99 10
$25-49 40
< $25 52
Not specified 89

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 43
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 22
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 4
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 3

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 22
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 5
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 3
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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16 patient evaluations for Lisdexamfetamine

May 27, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (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
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emotional eating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased motivation, increased energy, lack of energy, pain, improved cognition, bruxism (teeth grinding))
  • 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 fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for emotional eating)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (lack of motivation, increased motivation, increased energy, lack of energy, pain, improved cognition, bruxism (teeth grinding))
  • 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 fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emotional eating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lack of motivation, increased motivation, increased energy, lack of energy, pain, improved cognition, bruxism (teeth grinding))
  • 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
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for emotional eating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased motivation, increased energy, lack of energy, pain, improved cognition, bruxism (teeth grinding))
  • 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 problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for emotional eating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (lack of motivation, increased motivation, increased energy, lack of energy, improved cognition, bruxism (teeth grinding))
  • 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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