Vyvanse: The New ADHD Medication

Vyvanse, a new ADHD medication has just got approval from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who classified it as a schedule II controlled substance, the same class as Ritalin, Concerta and many street drugs. This is the final step before Shire PLC can launch the drug commercially. Shire also Adderall, and Adderall XR.

The new drug has been formulated to provide both the long-lasting effects of Adderall XR and to minimise the potential for abuse. ADHD medication are strong stimulants and can be open to abuse both by those it prescribed to and by those who acquire it illegally.

Shire Press Release: VYVANSE™ Receives Final DEA Schedule Classification, Clearing Way For Launch Of First Prodrug Stimulant For ADHD Treatment

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  • Sylvia says:

    My 80 lb 9 year old has been on 30mg of Vyvance for 1 month. It was prescribed for the purpose of focusing.

    Though he experienced nausea and fatigue for the 1st 3 days it cleared up. His ability to focus was immediate, within the first 1 1/2 hrs. It lasts 12 hours.

    This has given us a new life. I hesitated for over 2 years to put him on any meds. His diet is practically junk free (he might get a sweet once every 2 weeks, thankfully he doesn’t crave junk), he eats organically grown produce daily. We even grow our own garden. He gets 10 hours of sleep nightly. We’ve tried several therapies, but nothing worked. It’s a physiological condition that needed to be addressed. Thankfully the doctor was careful to prescribe a medication that was specific to his need. It’s like a miracle for us.

What are your personal experiences with ADD / ADHD, autism or dyslexia?