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 263 134
Problems concentrating 101 61
Fatigue 96 53
Attention deficit disorder 26 7
Lack of motivation 14 16
Binge eating disorder 11 6

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 17
Moderate 44
Mild 75
None 67

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 14
Anxious mood 13
Dry mouth 13
Decreased appetite 11
Headaches 10
Insomnia 7

Show all 111 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 15
50 mg daily 14
70 mg daily 14
20 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 5
10 mg daily 4
80 mg daily 2
30 mg twice daily 1
100 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 39
Side effects too severe 35
Other 32
Doctor's advice 24
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 12
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 149
Usually 46
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 161
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 13
$50-99 11
$25-49 39
< $25 45
Not specified 87

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 38
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 18
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 2
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 20
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 4
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1

Show all 6 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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