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 255 129
Problems concentrating 107 60
Fatigue 88 48
attention deficit disorder 23 5
Lack of motivation 14 16
Depressed mood 11 11

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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
Severe 17
Moderate 43
Mild 69
None 63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 13
Anxious mood 12
Decreased appetite 12
Dry mouth 12
Headaches 10
Insomnia 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients
70 mg daily 24
40 mg daily 13
50 mg daily 11
30 mg daily 10
20 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 7
10 mg daily 3
20 mg twice daily 1
30 mg twice daily 1
80 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 38
Side effects too severe 35
Other 29
Doctor's advice 22
Expense 21
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 142
Usually 43
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 151
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 12
$50-99 9
$25-49 38
< $25 45
Not specified 82

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 32
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 16
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 2
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 16
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Guanfacine (Intuniv) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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15 patient evaluations for Lisdexamfetamine

silverdragon13
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silverdragon13
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
37 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
ADHD

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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
TheWorshipper
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TheWorshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
schizoaffective disorder

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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

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nespyr
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nespyr
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 2
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
23 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
bipolar disorder

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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

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