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
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 235 116
Problems concentrating 98 54
Fatigue 79 40
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 20 4
Lack of motivation 13 16
Depressed mood 9 10

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 37
Mild 66
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 12
Decreased appetite 11
Dry mouth 11
Anxious mood 10
Headaches 7
Insomnia 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients
70 mg daily 18
30 mg daily 10
40 mg daily 10
50 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 3
10 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 1
80 mg 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 38
Side effects too severe 35
Other 30
Expense 20
Doctor's advice 19
Change in health plan coverage 11
Personal research 10
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 127
Usually 40
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 136
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 11
$50-99 8
$25-49 35
< $25 38
Not specified 75

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 24
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 15
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Modafinil (Provigil) 2
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 12
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 2
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Guanfacine (Intuniv) 1
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14 patient evaluations for Lisdexamfetamine

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: vb
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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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
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 2
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
23 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (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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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Jun 9, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of appetite, Binge eating episodes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Binge eating episodes, Loss of appetite

Apr 6, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of appetite, Binge eating episodes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I experience a calmness. I feel my brain is slowed down, I can organize the files in my head. I focus and concentrate for longer periods of time (but still desire more on-task behavior.) The only side effect I have found is the lack of appetite all day and a ravenous hunger at night when med is wearing off. Resulted in a little weight gain. An additional perk is that this med gives me energy, and a sense of well being about myself that isn't there without it. Note: this is the only ADHD med I have tried. I am satisfied with the efficacy.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Binge eating episodes, Loss of appetite

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication calms me and helps me slow down and organize my mind. I also experience a feeling of well-being. Lost weight initially but the med no longer decreases my appetite. I take it in the morning as it has a 12hr. duration.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Binge eating episodes, Loss of appetite

Oct 24, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of appetite, Binge eating episodes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Efficacy: helpful in calming down, reduces "noise" in brain, organizes thoughts. Increased action vs apathy, sense of well-being Taken once daily in the morning, (the earliest possible to avoid increased insomnia)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Binge eating episodes, Loss of appetite

Jul 26, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Binge eating episodes, Loss of appetite

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