New diagnosis

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Registered: 05-13-2005
New diagnosis
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 10:00pm

Hello everyone.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 11:24pm

HI, and welcome

Vyvanse is the same med as Adderall( Vyvanse is lisdexamphetamine, adderall is dexamphetamine), with a different release.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 11-26-2009 - 12:24pm

Remember too:
Do not take Amphetamines with antihistamines, monosodium glutamate(in meat tenderizers and in many chinese dishes), or Vitamin C.
Amphetamines should NOT be mixed with Strattera.
Amphetamines have been extensively abused. There is a much higher risk of dependence and abuse with Adderall and Vyvanse than with Concerta, Ritalin or any of the other non-amphetamine meds.

And finally, from
"The effectiveness of Vyvanse for long-term use, i.e., for more than 4 weeks, has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials. Therefore, the physician who elects to use Vyvanse for extended periods should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient."

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Mon, 11-30-2009 - 10:09am
Welcome to the board, Sheila. (HUGS)


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 11-30-2009 - 11:13am
Hi, Sheila and welcome.
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Registered: 01-02-2004
Tue, 12-01-2009 - 9:31am

My son (16 y/o) began taking Vyvanse 2 years ago. He has ZERO side effects and it does seem to help with his ADHD.

I like that it is not effective unless digested... so if crushed, snorted or whatever people come up with - it won't work. AND teenagers will do this; not necessarily my son but his friends who could steal the meds.