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#1 In_Remission_Amethyst

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:02 PM

Okay, so.. with a big edit:

My former dose of Adderall XR (60mg a day) is equivalent to Vyvanse ( 140mgs a day)

Vyvanse is in my opinion a much better alternative to Adderall XR.
My reasons are that Vyvanse is:
smoother; doesn't come in mild waves I experienced with Adderall XR
lasts longer; for me 4 hours on average so far
doesn't raise my blood pressure like Adderall XR did
didn't give me a headache at any point- even when it was wearing off
doesn't produce as much of a euphoria at first that Adderall XR

The only downside where Vyvanse is not winning my vote, when it really starts wearing off I become irritable. The level of this irritability can be compared to when I have been off of all medication for a couple weeks. It was very intense, and I was snapping at my husband and brother who were holding a conversation around me for a couple hours. They called me a couple names, I'm sure you all can use your imagination.

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400mg Topamax
140mg Vyvanse



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Edited by Amethyst, 15 December 2007 - 06:59 AM.





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#2 In_Remission_Eli

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:24 PM

My experience with vyvanse is that it last the full 12 hours for me but I am taking it for depression not ADHD. My biggest issue with it is that I have no appetite. I have always been thin but on Vyvanse I have dropped to 93lbs. I also get irritable when my dose wears off.

Okay, so.. with a big edit:

My former dose of Adderall XR (60mg a day) is equivalent to Vyvanse ( 140mgs a day)

Vyvanse is in my opinion a much better alternative to Adderall XR.
My reasons are that Vyvanse is:
smoother; doesn't come in mild waves I experienced with Adderall XR
lasts longer; for me 4 hours on average so far
doesn't raise my blood pressure like Adderall XR did
didn't give me a headache at any point- even when it was wearing off
doesn't produce as much of a euphoria at first that Adderall XR

The only downside where Vyvanse is not winning my vote, when it really starts wearing off I become irritable. The level of this irritability can be compared to when I have been off of all medication for a couple weeks. It was very intense, and I was snapping at my husband and brother who were holding a conversation around me for a couple hours. They called me a couple names, I'm sure you all can use your imagination.

Current cocktail:
1200mg Seroquel
400mg Topamax
140mg Vyvanse



And, THANK YOU JARED for not giving up, this site is a lifesaver.



#3 mj1127

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 04:09 PM

I hear you on the irritability. I've had the same thing happen. Otherwise, it does work pretty well - I'm just not sure it's worth the irritability. Unfortunately, my pdoc thinks it's the best thing she's ever seen, so I'm stuck with it, irritable or not.
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#4 In_Remission_Eli

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 04:33 PM

We are all on meds anyhow so why not add another one?? :mad: - maybe ask your doc to add a VERY small dosage of something to help you relax at the end of the cycle.

I hear you on the irritability. I've had the same thing happen. Otherwise, it does work pretty well - I'm just not sure it's worth the irritability. Unfortunately, my pdoc thinks it's the best thing she's ever seen, so I'm stuck with it, irritable or not.



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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

...Just wanted to add my "vyvanse report", and see if anyone else is noticing similar stuff.

I'm in week 3 of trying it out. Started at 50mg without much success, and am taking 1.5 capsules (roughly 70mg) until time for the next Rx. That seems to work. I agree with y'all on the irritability...crabby-she-devil-from-the-pits-of-hell doesn't even begin to describe the depths of my crabbiness. I was way festive at Christmas.

The irritable-ness seems to be settling down, though. I notice a pocket of evil right around the time it starts to work, and then again when it wears off, but other than that, it's not so bad.

My pdoc is letting me choose between adderall and vyvanse, and I still can't decide. 2xs daily dosing is a pain, sure, but it's also kind of nice. I like being able to choose adhd/no adhd, because there's a time and a place for it: Work: MUST be medicated or I will lose job. Home: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It all depends on the situation.

If the crankiness gets worse though, I'm off the sauce.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:19 AM

I have was diagnosed BP 7 years ago and found out yesterday I have ADHD, they put me on a med for ADHD called Vyvanse, does anybody know anything about this drug or have ever taken it before, please let me know!

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 05:46 PM

You'll find above what some people think of it. Basically, it's a long acting form of Dexedrine that's converted to its active form in your gut. It's supposed to be smoother, longer lasting, and have less potential for abuse than some of the other long acting ADD meds out there (Adderall XR especially). Vyvanse is actually only approved for children at this point, but, obviously, it is being rx'ed for adults as well.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 06:41 AM

You'll find above what some people think of it. Basically, it's a long acting form of Dexedrine that's converted to its active form in your gut. It's supposed to be smoother, longer lasting, and have less potential for abuse than some of the other long acting ADD meds out there (Adderall especially). Vyvanse is actually only approved for children at this point, but, obviously, it is being rx'ed for adults as well.


Actually, I read this morning that Vyvanse was recently approved for adult use also. I'm not sure if the source was reliable though. I'm not sure where I saw it exactly, but it's just a thought.

I'm currently on Adderall XR 30mg and I'm just wondering about the differences between the two. I see people are experiencing irritability when coming off the Vyvanse, and if that's a common side effect I better stay away from that drug because I'm irritable most of the time anyway . I've never experienced this irritability on coming of the Adderall XR, and it's still working wonders with my ADD, so I'm not planning on asking for a switch to Vyvanse. I'm just curious as to what the exact differences are. Keep 'em coming people! Haha.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:04 PM

I am on 50 mg vyvanse and i like it so much better than adderall. I took adderall for 15 years and I am just sick of it, I have experienced headaches and insomia since well forever. The only thing is I have pmdd and durring that time when the vyvanse wears off I had the worst headache Ive ever had. It lasted for about 12 hours, the last hour being the worst, advil did not help, wet compress did not help, dark room, no light, no sound, nothing helped. I finally just accepted that it wasnt going to go away and 30 min later it was gone. Im 25 now and I really like vyvanse and think its a miracle.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:16 PM

Started Vyvanse at 40 mg about a week and a half ago. Had all the side effects (constant dry mouth, short term memory loss, leg spasms, insomnia) for a few days. As long as it worked, it was great (a little aggressiveness, but mostly positive energy) but after about a week it was dropping off after about 5-6 hours and I'd be worthless from 3:00 on. Irritable, melancholy, wanting to lie on the sofa and not be interrupted.

Went up a couple of days ago to 70 mg every morning, and it works great. Lasts til 5 or 6.
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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:32 PM

Vyvanse was complete and utter fail for me. In addition to not working at all, it made me a lethargic, depressed zombie. It was awful. Tried 50, tried 70, and all I got was a ride on the failboat.
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