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) 223 111
Problems concentrating 90 54
Fatigue 79 39
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 19 4
Lack of motivation 15 18
Depressed mood 11 12

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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 14
Moderate 38
Mild 64
None 49

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lisdexamfetamine

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 11
Anxious mood 10
Decreased appetite 10
Dry mouth 10
Insomnia 8
Headaches 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lisdexamfetamine

Dosage Patients
70 mg daily 10
30 mg daily 9
50 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 6
60 mg daily 3
10 mg daily 2
40 mg twice daily 1
80 mg daily 1
210 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 36
Side effects too severe 35
Other 27
Doctor's advice 19
Expense 18
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 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 120
Usually 39
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 127
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 11
$50-99 7
$25-49 35
< $25 37
Not specified 70

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lisdexamfetamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 23
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 14
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3
Modafinil (Provigil) 2
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lisdexamfetamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 10
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 2
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Guanfacine (Intuniv) 1
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 1
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13 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: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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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
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
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

  • 2 helpful marks
janedoe89
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Data Quality: 1 star
27 years
Female
b
ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 10
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 15
  • ATEC score: 27
I have:
Autism

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Jan 23, 2014 (Started Sep 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Heart rate increased)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Heart rate increased

Nov 30, 2011 (Started Sep 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Heart rate increased)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Heart rate increased

May 5, 2011 (Started Sep 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Heart rate increased)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Heart rate increased

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