Does anyone have a kid on Vyvanse?

Amy - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 163 moms have responded )

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My daughter just started Vyvanse and seems to be doing really well. Only thing I am concerned about is the fact that she has a very hard time going to bed at night. She would stay up all night if i wasn't constantly on her. Just wondering if anyone else has had weird side affects to look out for.

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Charlene - posted on 05/18/2013

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I highly recommend Vyvance. My daughter is a college graduate with a BA degree in Social Work. She was adopted, I must add, only because from what I have read most adopted children are ADHD. We started her on meds (Ritalin) when she was 5. That is back when they barely lasted 3 hours. She was on all the others that have been mentioned, and each had their down fall. It was great when they came out with time released meds for ADHD, she did not have to go to the office for her afternoon meds.
But, as she too got older, we had to use tabs after 4 pm, so she could get her homework done. I am not sure how many of you are aware that Vyvance is about a 16 hour lasting med for ADHD. My daughter was in high school when she started on Vyvance. She was President of her class and would have responsibilities after school. I did not worry about her driving home even if it was ,id evening, in fact she was told that she was a very cautious driver. Especially now days, (syptoms of ADHD is impulsiveness) I feel that is why you are seeing so many teens texting and driving. They're meds have probably wore off and they do not think of consequences.
If children have trouble going to sleep, I have heard Dr.s are telling people to try Melatonin, which is natural.
When my daughter went off to college, she admitted if she was not on Vyvance, she would have never been able to do the amount of reading required. She ended up with a B+ average, and was known to be very creative.
During her internship in college, she worked at a maximum women's prison. I was alarmed at first, until she pointed out that when the girls would first come in they would go through a Psychological evaluation and most of them ended up on meds for ADHD. As she put it " why do you think they got in trouble?" By the time she would see them, they almost seemed normal. Sure some of them had major issues, but she told me when she first started her internship, she cried for two weeks, on her way home. Her thought was, if she had not been adopted and ended up with parents that saw that she got help! (There were some people who accused us of drugging her!) I had one 2nd grade teacher who said "Deven does not seem like she needs meds for ADHD. Why is she on them?" I told her, "I tell you what, I will give her to you for a week, without her meds, and you can not call me to say OMG
what is wrong with this child?" She said "I never thought of that, I am so use to telling parents their children should be tested, instead of having a well behaved student that happened to be on meds." I found my self over the 19 years, that I have dealt with ADHD meds for my daughter, I have had to educate even the educators.
Sorry for being so lengthy, but I have to add the following story for those of you who are still apprehensive about putting your child on meds.
I helped my daughter find her Biological family when she was 13. ( It was something I had to do for her.) She has 3 siblings. Her brother that is 2 years older than she, shares the same Father, also had major trouble in school. He almost did not graduate from High School!! He and I have become very close! I mentioned to him when he had taken up massage therapy and was unable to pass his State Boards that did it ever occur to him that he too was ADHD like his sister? I do not recommend this, but he asked to try 2 of her Vyvance, and he could not believe how productive he was.!! He went and got tested, got on Ritalin (only because it is what he can afford as a student). He has completed an Asc. degree at our Junior college
to be a nurse. He applied to a nursing college near us, and there were 700 applicants. He tested well, and ended up being accepted as 1 of 70. He has just finished his first year in Nursing. He has knows he could not have studied and tested well if it had not been for medication.
My daughter claimed she was going to get off her meds when she was in the working world. Yeah right. That is not happening, she says she could not be who she is today if it were not for her meds. She is more patient and very creative at here job and continues to get rave reviews from her superiors.

Kay - posted on 02/09/2013

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Hi Amy,
My daughter has been on Vyvanse for nearly two years. Her original dose was for 20mg, and it worked like a dream. We did have the difficulty with sleeping, so here's how we resolved it. First, she started school at 8am, so I set my alarm every morning for 5:15, gave her the Vyvanse and let her sleep until 7. When she woke up, I was amazed at how easy the morning routine was, and how quickly she engaged her school work. Vyvanse lasts in her system for about 9-11 hours, so if you do the math, by 5:30-6:00 it started to wear off. She was easily in bed by 8:30 every night. If I overslept, or if for some reason I couldn't give it to her that early, I would simply plan an activity that was literally exhausting for both of us immediately after school. Good thing that didn't happen often!

The other big issue was the weight loss. She started to look like a victim of a concentration camp, and it scared me half to death. I gave instructions to the school that she was to eat anything she wanted during the day. I gave her teacher a box of snacks to keep in her desk just in case she said anything about being hungry. Kids often will do things for others, but refuse from parents, right? That worked too. I also bought protein powder and started sneaking it into food she would eat. That helped as well.

There was a period of time when her dosage was increased to 30 mg, and while it worked for awhile, we noticed that it was too much. For lack of a better term, she seemed "jacked up." Doing a little more digging, we learned that the routine had changed during the time that she was struggling, and when the teacher realized the possibility that it was affecting her adversely, she was horrified, and changed it back......now back to 20mg.

Hang in there, and try not to think like a doctor, but rather a resourceful mom. Remember that while your daughter is taking vyvanse, it is not, and should not be your intention to change her or make her fit in to a school system. It's to bring about the best in her, and have her operate at her fullest. ADHD is a gift that will serve your daughter well as an adult. I know that because I have been blessed with it! Hang in there!!

Tamra - posted on 11/19/2013

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My 5 yr old son is on Vyvanse & he likes it!! He said he feels better when he takes it. He has been taking it for almost a year now. His teacher said he is scarey smart since starting the medicine last year. He was is pre-k last year & has the same teacher this year for K. She said she has seen a real difference in him & loves it!! We have not seen any side effects. He eats well, sleep as soon as he sees the pillow & is still caring & gentle.

Amber - posted on 07/17/2013

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My six year old Mckayla has ADHD and is on Vyvanse as well. She does get to where she doesn't want to eat at times and the sleep thing as always been an issue. I have her on Hydroxyzine for sleep. There are days that she sleeps and days she does not. She still has really bad days to where it makes my Husband and I want to leave our own home. She is on 30mg of Vyvanse but, her Doctor upped it to 40mg. No we haven't started her 40mg of Vyvanse yet because it isn't do for pick up yet. There are some days she is really good tho. She was so bad one day, I mean torrible that I gave her two of her 30mg of Vyvanse and she was a total change of a child that was good as gold did what you asked but, was looking tried, focused, never said things out of the way or did anything bad. I just didn't like the quiteness or the tried look. Yes we told her Doctor we had done that and he said "No more giving her two of them that we would try 40mg for now." I mean she basically try's to run our own home. She throws things, say's hateful things, doesn't pay attention, talks back, cries alot, throws fits, always say's they hate me because something is wrong with my brian and say's i need help while cring horrible tears. She say's things like they love my sister and brother's more, I wish i was dead, runs through our home, jumps on our couches and does flips, doesn't focus too well either, etc. I mean you name it she has done it. Not saying that in a bad way by far, we love her very much but don't know how to cope with it or make her feel loved and much better. We have coped with it so far, I think. She will be going to first grade this year and her teacher Mrs. Benson from last year said she is doing well she just likes to get out of her seat alot, help others instead of doing what she's told, always holds her hand up for a question or just goes to her desk without permission, or always need's help with something, she always would ask is this right Mrs.Benson, she has even walked out of classroom before. When I had talked to her teacher I had asked "Do you think she think she need's to be in special classes like i was?" She said "No I just think we need to come up with a plan for home and school, working together as a team." That never came about with her teacher but, me on the other hand i tried everything with her schooling and homework. She would say I'm stupid, hit herself when doing homework. She even fights us ( me and my Husband ), hits her sister and one of her brothers. Her baby brother she love's to help out with but, sometimes get's angry and doesn't want to help out with him anymore or hold him at times. When she was in school last year she hit people and lied. She still lies to us. We think there's more to it like, we think she has Bipolar, ADD, Anxiety, and maybe depression. Me ( her Mother ) has Bipolar, ADD, Anxiety, ADHD, and OCD. So yes I know what she is going through and I feel her hurt, pain, and all of the above. I feel as if i failed as a Mother to my child. The Doctor said it can very well be genetic.

Adrienne - posted on 09/25/2013

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Amy, My daughter, Alyssa, 9, has been on Vyvanse for about a year. I finally (with the help of her dr.) finally found something that worked for her during school. I don't give it to her during the summer or on weekends, usually but she is having trouble sleeping. I'm considering getting her on a small dose of Melatonin to see if that helps since it's natural. My son, Brennon, 5, is starting to show signs of ADHD as well so I may have to get him on a medication as well. I know how hard it is with an ADHD child and being a single mom doesn't help. I wish you the best of luck.

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Martha - posted on 10/07/2014

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His dose is too high for a six year old. Try mixing is with 5 oz of water and only give him 1/2.

Tasha - posted on 10/04/2014

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My son is five & will be turning six next week. He started taking 30 mg of vyvanse yesterday, & the teacher told me that he was the most hyper she has ever seen him be. He couldn't stop talking yesterday. He was also very mean when he got home from school as well as emotional. I have never seem him act this way before. He also stayed up until one in the morning. I know this isn't a miracle pill & that it doesn't just work overnight, but I didn't think it would make things worse. I called his doctor & he said maybe he was having a bad day, but this is not my son at all.

Tam - posted on 09/19/2014

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GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY....I HAVE BEEN READING A LOT OF THESE POST AND SOME ARE HELPFUL AND SOME ARE SCAREY...MY SON THAT IS 5YRS OLD HAS JUST BEEN TAKEN OFF OF FOCALIN 10MG IN THE MORNING AND PUT ON VYVANSE 20MG TODAY....I AM SOOOO WORRIED ABOUT IF HE WILL GET ANY OF THE SIDE EFFECTS I KNOW EVERY KID IS DIFFERENT BUT IM A LITTLE SCARED AND WORRIED...I BEEN DOING MY RESEARCH AND IM STILL NOT 100% READY TO TRY HIM ON THIS MEDICATION...

Bianca - posted on 07/13/2014

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Hi, This is my child first week on this med. But This is what I am having problems with "the Sleeping at night"...And I thank you guys who response to Amy. Yall help me out a lot. I didnt know what to do....

Ruthann - posted on 04/22/2014

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Clonidine was designed for older people with high blood pressure but was prescribed to my step son who was taking Vyvanse, to help with sleep at night..

Neemah Nicole - posted on 03/17/2014

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Hello Parents, my name is Nicole and my son just started vyvanse 20g today, he just turned 7 years old . I has been an rough road and i am worried sick. your post have been helpful, just wanted to say thanks alot !

Kathryn - posted on 01/17/2014

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Thank you. My 12 year old son has just switched from folocin to vyvanse. I think that waking him up to take it and then letting him sleep is exactly what I need to try. THANK YOU!
Kathryn

Stephanie - posted on 12/08/2013

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Hi my name is Stephanie Plyler my son Collin stiver has adhd he also takes vyanse every moring before school.My son take a night pill to make him go to sleep called clonidine he does very well he takes the pill two hours before bed.Ifl he takes it hour before bed like 8pm and he goes to bed a 9pm it won't work he will be up later.I ask the doctor if i could give the early yes he said.If your daughter is having trouble sleeping ask the doctor about clonidine it is working well with my son his ,.Please if your are like i was and you want your child to go to sleep then ask about clonidine plese you will feel much better

Jan - posted on 11/26/2013

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Amy, my daughter did the same thing. The problem with all these related prescription drugs is once they become responsible to take the medicine as directed they might take a little more than prescribed. The reason is that it wears off and they feel that taken one or two more than prescribed will not hurt them. It does hurt them over a long period of time. I know!!!

Denise - posted on 11/15/2013

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Yes I just started my 14 year old son he has ADD he was on concerta 37 mg didnt see mo change in grades so now hes on vyvance 20mg I prayed this works hood luck to all of you I really had s hard time deciding yo put him on meds he plays football I was eorried sbout eeight loss and hes tiredbof jyst getting c, s instead of A , b, s

Kathy - posted on 09/29/2013

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My son has been on vyvance for three yrs now. He was on Adderall but the dose was always increasing and Clonadine at night. We switched him to intuniv because he was having night terrors on the colliding. When we went to the Vyvance he has not needed to have any increase. He is taking 40mg in the morn prior to School and he takes an intuniv at night which helps him to get sleep. I was also told that caffeine would also work to help with sleep. Children with ADHD have opposite reaction to caffeine and a warm tea is another more natural way I got my son to sleep. Best wishes to you.

Tanya - posted on 09/17/2013

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My son 5yrs. Old and he is on Vyvanse 20mg. And I been getting phone calls everyday at work for his tantrums bc he can not get his way in school. He is only in Kindergarten and he very intelligent but I am really worried tht he will lose tht bc he can't stay focus with the classroom. He won't perticipate with the classroom at all. I don't know about any resources in Wilmington, De. I don't want to loose my job bc I hve to keep leaving to deal with him. Do anyone have any answers or encouragement for me. ?

Devon - posted on 09/16/2013

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@ Jan, from what I read about what you posted. it sounds like instead of your daughter taking them on a daily basis, that she abused the drug and was addicted to them and that's why she died. quote me if i'm wrong but that's what I got from your post. Also, I am sorry to hear that though. It is very sad

Devon - posted on 09/14/2013

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my kids had the same problem when they were on that med and I gave them melatonin and it worked very well. you give it to them about an half to an hour before there bed time. some doctors now don't recommend giving it to kids on a daily basis because the body will get used to the med and the body won't be able to produce its own melatonin. good luck

Jeannine - posted on 09/13/2013

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My daughter has been on ADD meds for three years. I give her Melatonin at night to help her sleep. Her doctor approved my giving it to her, it's natural, our bodies already create it.

Holly - posted on 09/07/2013

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My son is 12 he is taking Vyvanse for 3 years and his getting tics sometimes too.

Holly - posted on 09/07/2013

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My son is 12 and I don't give him the pills on weekend and vacations and he is doing very good with that.

Susan - posted on 08/18/2013

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Are any of the parents on Vyvance ? I actually started on it last week the same time my teenager (14 boy). If so what is your experience.?

Mollie - posted on 07/29/2013

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my son has been on concerta 27 for 2months, but does not seem to help. He is defiant and has probloms focusing. always having to redirect him. I have been reading about vyvanse and wanted to see if i should try this for him. i am a scared single mom trying to figure my son out. i dont like to give him meds. but i want him to beable to fucus and learn. can someone please help me with some advise. thank you

Gillian - posted on 07/17/2013

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I find it weird that a teacher would be pushing a specific medication for a student? My daughters teacher definitely helped with the push for a formal assessment as she knew somethig was wrong, but did she in no means even mention medication at that time. It was the Dr who formally assessed and later diagnosed her with ADD that suggested maybe trying a medication. After that we then got a second opinion from her Pediatrician and then decided to go the medication route. I find it concerning that a teacher would be even suggesting medication to a parent? They are in no means a Physician and should not be diagnosing a student or suggesting certain medications. Teahers are there to help and encourage parents as well as steer them in the right direction when they notice something is wrong. Vyvanse has helped my daughters grades a great deal it has helped her focus and concentrate so things are starting to click for her now. I am so very thankful for Ryleys teacher for being that encouraging support system that we needed. But as far as medication we left that up to our Pediatrician.

Gillian - posted on 07/15/2013

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I have often thought about taking my daughter off on weekends and summer holidays however I am worried about her having to go through the initial adjustment period again? It seemed to be very hard on her when she first started and I worry about starting from scratch again.

Gillian - posted on 07/15/2013

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My Daughter has been on Vyvanse for 7mths now and she is still experiencing the insomnia side effect as well as a 12lb weight loss. This medication has helped tremendously with her focus and concentration in school but the lack of appetite, insomnia as well as emotional instability is definitely a concern. This is the 3rd medication she has been on as she was unable to swallow anything that could not be opened or crushed. I feel like I am constantly questioning myself as to whether or not the good outweighs the bad? Any other parents out there feeling the same way? She is turning 8 and is currently 49lbs, does the appetite ever come back??

Maxeen - posted on 07/08/2013

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My 11 year old daughter has been on Vyvanse 30mg for 3 years and has never had any side effects except for loss of appetite. We only give her vyvanse on days where she has schools. We give her a break on weekends and during vacations. She is ADD not ADHD.

I have seen no negative effects in her. However, this summer she will be taking straterra because she is aggressive lately. Not sure if its the tween years mixed with her anxiety but we will test out straterra.

Gaby - posted on 06/09/2013

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We are starting Vyvanse for our 9.5 yr old daughter . She is not so much ADHD as she has severe anxiety which gives her some component of ADHD . She is not motivated, irritable, social problems. We are very nervous. What should we be looking for with the vyvanse??

Kimberly - posted on 06/01/2013

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All 3 of my kids are on vyvanse and it works well for them! They did have trouble sleeping but I talked to their doctor about it and he prescribe them clondine and it works really well. Within an hour of taking it they as me if its bedtime yet lol and they sleep all night and wake up happier because they got a full nights sleep. Trust me, I feel your pain! My 7 year old son once stayed up ALL night and when it was time to get up for school he was hyped up and ready to go while I was half asleep and could barely function. That was the night I decided something had to be done cuz I needed my sleep and so did he. We haven't had anymore nights like that since the clondine. Try talking to your doctor and ask him for something to help your child sleep. It will make a world of difference, not just for them but you also!

Kim - posted on 05/17/2013

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I am no doctor Amy, but my personal opinion is YES - this is a great medication for you to start your daughter on. We started J. off on Concerta (did absolutely nothing for him since he was what I would deem a severe ADHD case when he was 4-5-6 age range). We then switched to Adderall and the Adderall XR and that worked wonders for him up until he was about 11/12 age. That is when we switched him to the Vyvanse. The Adderall was causing him to "pick" at his lip and/or his fingernails when he was anxious or upset or nervous about something. He has test anxiety in a major way, and more often than not he would come home with his cuticles all torn to hell from picking at them during the testing. Once we switched him to the Vyvanse - all of that stopped. That was the only side effect from the Adderall that he had (other than the not sleeping part but I don't think that is all medication related). So I think your daughter will do fine on it ... but every medication does NOT react the same way in every child. So just keep that in mind and do your research on the different medications available and talk about them with your daughter's doctor. Our family's pediatrician was treating our son ... but now that's he is a teenager and at the maximum dosage of Vyvanse for his weight/age - she referred us to a child psychologist who SPECIALIZES in teens and the treatment of ADHD/ADD in teens and young adults. He has an entire arsenol of medications at his disposal that our pediatrician did not know enough about - and he understands that treating ADHD is NOT just about getting the "right" medication dosage either. There are tons of other factors included that need to be addressed with ADHD children (my son has anxiety and ODD issues) and ALL of that needs to be treated in CONJUNCTION with the medication. So if your doctor is the type to just give you a prescription and send you on your way and isn't asking about other issues or factors going on - I would check into a child psychologist in your area that specializes in ADHD.

Ebony - posted on 05/17/2013

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My daughter is 5 her doctor prescribed her vyvanse kinda scared she never take any medication is this a good med for ADHD for her age

Kim - posted on 05/15/2013

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My 13yo son has been on Vyvanse for almost 2 years now. Works a charm for him after having been on Concerta, Adderall and Adderall XR. He just outgrew the other meds. He's never been a big sleeper ... like his dad ... he can sleep 5 to 6 hours a night and be good to go the next day, and then there are other days when he pulls all nighters and doesn't sleep at all, or goes to sleep at midnight and gets up at noon. Just depends on what he has been doing.
As far as the medication goes though - it has done wonders for him. I highly recommend it if you need an alternative to Adderall because of the constant b.s. with the Food & Drug Administration not releasing enough to keep up with the demand for it so we can treat our kids. But THAT discussion is for another topic LOL!

Linda - posted on 04/16/2013

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You know, i feel very much the same way. We have tried adderal and it was fine till it made him sad and he did not know why, it broke my heart. Then we tried Fochalin, it did not do anything, except give him really bad tics, shrugging of shoulders, and jerking of head. The Dr. even said that made him nervous. Now he gives me a prescription for the vyvanse. I am so scared after reading so many blogs about what the side effects are.
I just wish i knew the right thing for him to take. He is fine for me without meds, but the teacher really says he cant focus or concentrate. He likes to argue with the teacher and get involved with everyones issues in the class. Any advice would be so appreciated.

Jill - posted on 03/03/2013

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My daughter is on it. She has never slept good thru the night. She is now 12 years old. We finally saw a psychiatrist and she prescribed hydroxyzine...you start on 10 mg and go up til 60 - see what works - we found 40 mg works best. We give it to her around 7:30pm (she goes to bed around 9) and for the first time in FOREVER she sleeps thru the night! It improved her mood and everything else. Poor thing was probably so over tired. She used to wake up 2-3 times a night and was a very light sleeper. Which meant she was waking me up 2-3 times a night.....

MOM - posted on 02/27/2013

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My son is on Vyvanse-and is he's on Clonidine (1mg) to help him sleep at night.

Brooke - posted on 02/25/2013

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My son is also on Vyvance and has been for a couple years now (after trying other medications that didn't work as well). He also has a very difficult time at night falling asleep. The doctor had suggested melatonin for him, which we tried with little success so we stopped using it (other have sworn it has worked for their child so it may be worth a try?). We try to have him up and in bed at a reasonable hour and have a set time when lights are out. Even if he isn't sleeping he is at least at rest! Good luck!

Candy Leeann - posted on 02/21/2013

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Melatonin was prescribed by my sons doctor, and it works well. It is an all natural sleep aid, and by morning he is well rested and ready to go.

Missy - posted on 02/18/2013

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Our foster son is on this medication and the dr has him taking melatonin 3mg at night to help him with the sleep disturbance. You can get it over the counter though his is covered by his Medicaid plan. I'd call and see if your doc agrees with his and give it a try. It is helping him so far without making him overly drowsy in the morning. Good luck!

Trudi - posted on 02/17/2013

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Read a few other comments on here, and yes clonidine helps as well. In addition, her age may also be a factor. We had to take my now 14 year old off of it because puberty and vyvanse don't necessarily mix well.

Trudi - posted on 02/17/2013

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I have three who have all been on it. As long as they took it before 8 am, bedtime worked. If u still have trouble, try melatonin. My dr suggested it for my middle daughter, as she suffers from anxiety as well. Given an hour or so before bed, it helps.

Leeann - posted on 02/17/2013

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Kelli- vyvanse made my son very irritable and intense. He was very argumentative on it. He can be a bit of a pill normally but NOTHING like the intensity and bulldoggedness (for lack of a better word) when he was on Vyvanse. We took him off at the beginning of September and he has been much, much better.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2013

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My son is on vyvanse and hes fine.he also takes prozac for anxiety and intuniv at night.the best thing to give a child to help sleep is melatonine its safe and the doctors recomend it if they cant sleep.they have 1m ,5m and 10m depending on age. A 5 to 10 year old can have 5 mg.

Brenda - posted on 02/17/2013

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Like others have said Vyvanse is an amphetamine and revs the body up. This is also an appetite suppressant and this med needs to be taken no later than 0700 otherwise most kids will need something to counteractthe med to sleep at night. If the kid is on a high dose they more than enough likely would be on something for sleep.

Heather - posted on 02/14/2013

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My son takes 3 mg of Melatonin and one benadryl pill as recommended by his doctor. I'd start out with the Melatonin first and see if that helps. He usually takes it an hour before bed time!

Kelli - posted on 02/10/2013

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First day of 7 yr boy vyvanse 30mg. Irritable, emotional, mean.. Previous attempt with lowest dose daytrana patch he was amped up, rapid talking no sleep. Previous attempt lowest dose of adderal no theraputic value but, wanted to see what the emotional liabilital again, crabby, irritable difficult. I feel like the cure is worse than the disease. Anyone have medication suggestions or experience with Neurofeedback.?

Sheri - posted on 02/07/2013

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My 5yr old daughter has been on vyvanse for almost a year now... her behavior at home and in school has improved emensly. She has had problems sleeping since before she was put on any kind of drug. is was diagnosed with insomnia and adhd at just before her 5th birthday. At that time she was very violent and couldnt sit still at all in school.. so i seeked medical advise. They have tried a few different kinds of medication and i feel vyvanse has been the best so far. She has experienced the weight loss and a loss of appetite but she didnt eat much before the meds either. She has been taking trazadone at night and it seems to basically put her to sleep within 30 minutes, but she wakes up after 3 hours and she is ready to start her day.... so i now have to give her melatonin and benadryl on top of everything else and for the weight loss try to give your children boost or something along those lines. i have given my daughter boost now for the past 6 months and her weight has pretty much stayed the same.... but all in all, the other side effects that others are seeing may not be from the medication itself, most of what i have read or have experienced with my own child started before she was even put on anything. all in all vyvanse does work for my daughter i just wish she would sleep longer at night.

Rose - posted on 02/06/2013

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my sons doctor is getting him to take Melatonin...it is a natural hormone we already have...i give him half a pill half hour before bed and he is falling asleep way faster...another side affect is loss of appitite....my son eats about 6 times a day...small meals. ask the doc about melatonin..it is natural and works for my son.
good luck

Jenein - posted on 01/31/2013

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My son is 6 yrs old and just started Vyvanse on Sunday. Today is day 5 and he's already experiencing loss of appetite, constipation and is having a hard time sleeping. Before Vyvanse, he was on non stimulant meds (Intuniv, Kapvay & Straterra). My son is already very slim, when the neuro saw him on Friday he even made mention to how slim my son is so, this not wanting to eat issue from someone who was a picky eater to begin with has got to stop. My husband and I decided to spoon feed him if that's what we have to do to make sure he eats. It's working at the moment, but I'm not sure how long we can go on doing that. I thought maybe a multivitamin would help so I went out and purchased Flinstone gummy vitamins. I'll start giving them to him tomorrow morning, I hope it helps his appetite. For the constipation, I purchased some chewable tablets called Pedia-Lax. I gave him 3 of them when he came home from school this afternoon so hopefully we'll have some luck with those too. As far as the sleep, I keep hearing that melatonin works, but I really dred having to give him yet another pill. I know it's an all natural supplement, but my poor baby, who also has epilepsy, already takes 4 pills twice a day for his seizures, vyvanse, and now the multi-vitamin. I thought increasing is fiber intake would help w/his constipation but I had no such luck. I wish everyone the best, and I'll be sure to keep you guys updated on what worked and what didnt. I hope you all do the same.

COMMALETA - posted on 01/17/2013

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Take her off my son is six and he's been on it for a year it's not good, now since she's just starting it u won't c much but once she continue to take it u will c this.anxiety
behaviour changes (agitation, aggression)
difficulty breathing
fever
hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
increased blood pressure
mania (racing thoughts, rapid talking, impulsiveness, extremely elevated mood, extremely high energy)
mood swings
pounding or fast heartbeat
restlessness.

Please please I'm promise u it's not god it's going to fuck ur child ability up
signs of depression (e.g., poor concentration; changes in weight; changes in sleep; decreased interest in activities; intense feeling of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or thoughts of suicide)
slowed growth
tics (involuntary movements or vocalizations)
tremor
vision changes
Your child should stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

D'Andra - posted on 01/16/2013

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I felt the same way, no one to talk to about this situation but this site has help me a lot reading that there are ppl in our same situation living my say story. Getting alternative help is always a plus for my son and I.

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