What side effects has your child had while on Vyvanse?

Tara - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 118 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 yrs old and is on 50mg of Vyvanse that he takes in the a.m. He has certain tics that he will do and it just really worries if it is the Vyvanse doing this or if it is just a symptom of his ADHD. What do u all think?

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Donna - posted on 01/02/2014

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Here is the thing...If you dont have a child with ADHD, don't make a post here. It is disrespectful to those parents that wake up every morning to see a loving and brilliant child who just can't control themselves at times. You see the best in the them and others just see a child who is weird and can't control herself.

My daughter has been taking Vyvanse for the past three years. We started her when she was in Kindergarten. Here are some things that I know: Medication vacations are vital. Vyvanse does cause an elevated heart rate and the vacations help to ease that and it gives the child a chance to do some self control exercises. Behavioral therapy is also necessary for children with ADHD - the magic pill can't do it all; It does cause dry mouth, so make sure to carry water with you; it elevates body temperature and can cause body odor, I use a natural deodorant on her when needed; In the beginning it can cause issues with sleep patterns. My daughter had a really hard time going to sleep at night for about the first week. Create a good bedtime ritual and do it every night even weekends. We have an hour long ritual at night that includes a bath and thirty minutes of reading. This gives her enough time to settle down and get ready for sleep. Works like a charm. You will see slight changes in behavior while on the medication. My daughter seems to go from overly outgoing to be a bit withdrawn. What I have learned with ADHD is that this is a common behavior, and not the medicine. The medicine gives her the opportunity focus on the creative outlets that are so necessary for ADHD kids.

Sophie - posted on 05/12/2013

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I think you all need to take a good hard look at yourself. These are your children. You have blindly followed a Psychiatrists advice and given your child whatever pill he has said to. Vyvanse is AMPHETAMINE. Lisdexamfetamine (the active ingredient in Vyvanse) is the precursor to DEXTROAMPHETAMINE. It is converted in the Liver over a 16 hour period. D-Amphetamine is the 2nd most potent of the amph family next to METHamphetamine. Do your research and stop damaging your childs physical, mental and emotional health over your ignorance and inability to teach natural ways to control adhd. Let your kids grow up. Then let them decide if they want to be a Speed Addict.
(One last thing, If your child is on amphetamine based medication their whole life their body will grow accustomed to it and it will no longer work as intended. The next line of treatment for resistant ADD-ADHD is a prescription called "Desoxyn." It is prescription METHAMPHETAMINE. It is reported that even Desoxyn doesnt do the job at this stage and many wayward teens/young adults find themselves self-medicating and becoming addicted to CRYSTAL METH!

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Michelle - posted on 03/29/2013

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My son as been on 20mg vyvanse now for about 4 months. He just turned 13 years old. I remember asking the doctor through tears if this was going to make him care about school... Well, IT DID!
His behavior has never been a problem, he was just lackadaisical and inattentive in class and struggled to get 60% plus failing some classes. I stayed "on him" all the time.
Now he actually takes initiative to stay organized. With a lot less "mean mommying" from me, his lowest grade is a 70%. There are 5 weeks left in school. He finished he 3rd quarter with A's, B's, & C's.
The side effects that he has experienced are minimal. I discussed them with my son and told him that he will have to be aware of some his mannerisms so they don't become habits such as putting his fingers in his mouth, touching his face, twisting his hair. He taps his foot, but he is aware of it and only does it when he is restless.
I give credit to having an excellent doctor: 20 mg is the lowest dose. I was so pleased to take the school newsletter and let my son show her where he was student of the week in January. This was at his very first check up after starting the vyvanse. It only took 2 days for it to start working.
I am glad this site is here. Thanks.

Candy Leeann - posted on 05/24/2012

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Where do I start?!!!!Paranoia, Oppositional Defiance disorder, external out bursts....."I hate you!" I hate myself"...".I have a miserable life" "You hate me! He busts holes in walls, and recently has begun to squint his eyes whenever he is not relaxed or getting his way. The word "NO" is not acceptable, and he hits himself when things don't go his way. I have been doing some looking "Online" and these are common factors with children who have ADHD! Also-low self esteem! The very fact that they know they have to take meds. disturbs them, because they feel different from everyone else. While the majority of society thinks that ADHD is a handicap, I see it as though they are "Moving Up" in the world, and the rest of us Primates" can't see it. They are very intelligent beings......"we" just don't know how to handle, or teach them
Also...If your child is reacting like this on this"Vyvance"....it is not the right meds for her

Jason - posted on 12/16/2013

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Jennifer do you really think that the parents on here don't try and give their children love, patients and discipline the last thing I've ever wanted to do is give my child medicine but its better than what ADHD was doing to her and you probably felt like a crackhead because you are one

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Emma - posted on 06/10/2014

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I'm having so many different feelings about this medication. My son is 4, going to be 5 next month, and demonstrates VERY impulsive behavior and has an extremely difficult time focusing in school. This has caused him to go through his second year of preschool, as he is developmentally behind all the other children his age, according to several assessments that have been done. He also suffers from a sensory disorder, among other disorders. He was on Ritalin for the last month and the side effects from the last couple weeks, made me question it and so I asked his doctor about switching the medication. He would be reluctant to go to sleep at night because he just wasn't tired and was unable to calm down, no matter how early in the morning I gave it to him. And his emotions were uncontrollable as it began to wear off. Today was his first dose of Vyvanse and he did VERY well at daycare, his provider had zero complaints (which ISN'T normal at all). For about an hour following his pick up time, he was a perfect little angel. When it came time to sit down for supper however, he didn't want to eat ANYTHING. On the Ritalin, he at least had a little bit of an appetite and then when it wore off in the evening, he would eat a ton. But on Vyvanse, he isn't wanting to eat or drink anything whatsoever. So I'm a bit concerned. Also, this evening, he had the longest meltdown I've ever experienced in his short time on this earth. He cried because I told him it was supper time and evidently, he wasn't hungry but, instead of explaining that, he started to bawl. Then in trying to calm him down, he kept saying he couldn't and tears streamed down his face for a good 45 mins, meanwhile, he told me about things that have happened in the past that made him sad and about him being worried that I was going to leave him or people were going to yell at him. He was just a ball of emotions. After I finally got him to calm down, he started to play with one of his little friends, and being as they are both the same age, they began to fight over a toy, and this triggered another meltdown that lasted for 45 more mins. I'm really questioning whether or not I should continue giving him this medication. We have been home for about an hour now and the crying has stopped for now, but there is also nothing else to trigger it....until I break the news that it's bedtime :( I'm just so lost as to what I should do.

Nicole - posted on 04/28/2014

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Hello!
I have a son who has been diagnosed with adhd and today was the first day I gave him his meds. He's 7 years old an is currently taking Vyanse 20mg. When he came home from school today. I noticed he wasn't himself. He was much calmer but looked so sad..it broke my heart. He is a very energetic little boy and bubbly personality and I didn't see that when i picked him up from school today.
My son told me he didn't play at recess today because he just didn't feel like it. I'm not sure if I will be giving him anymore medication...any advise?

Jenn - posted on 04/16/2014

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To Sophie,

You obviously do not have a child with ADHD or you wouldn't say such stupid things. Why don't you read some of the other comments here and see what our kids and the parents are dealing with. All we are doing is trying to help our children. We have tried other options and they didn't work. If you don't know what you are talking about then don't comment!

Kevin - posted on 04/15/2014

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"Here is the thing...If you dont have a child with ADHD, don't make a post here. It is disrespectful to those parents that wake up every morning to see a loving and brilliant child who just can't control themselves at times. You see the best in the them and others just see a child who is weird and can't control herself.
My daughter has been taking Vyvanse for the past three years. We started her when she was in Kindergarten. Here are some things that I know: Medication vacations are vital. Vyvanse does cause an elevated heart rate and the vacations help to ease that and it gives the child a chance to do some self control exercises. Behavioral therapy is also necessary for children with ADHD - the magic pill can't do it all; It does cause dry mouth, so make sure to carry water with you; it elevates body temperature and can cause body odor, I use a natural deodorant on her when needed; In the beginning it can cause issues with sleep patterns. My daughter had a really hard time going to sleep at night for about the first week. Create a good bedtime ritual and do it every night even weekends. We have an hour long ritual at night that includes a bath and thirty minutes of reading. This gives her enough time to settle down and get ready for sleep. Works like a charm. You will see slight changes in behavior while on the medication. My daughter seems to go from overly outgoing to be a bit withdrawn. What I have learned with ADHD is that this is a common behavior, and not the medicine. The medicine gives her the opportunity focus on the creative outlets that are so necessary for ADHD kids."

Bear in mind that I post this for the well being of your child, and the children of all whom frequent this website, and I mean no offense. I am also aware that this thread is old. If I came across it by a simple Google search, others probably will as well. This post is long, but if anyone out there is considering starting their child on Vyvanse, or any similar stimulant, it is worth the read. With that being said, I am appalled by what I have quoted above - so much so that I have taken an hour out of my life to craft this careful response. This is my first, and probably my last, contribution to this random message board I've stumbled upon. Here's the thing Donna, let me enlighten you as to what doctors, psychiatrists, and responsible parents have known for a long time: ADHD is not real. It is a phony diagnosis used as an excuse for parents to be able to give speed to their kids. The drug is prescribed to bad parents who can't handle their children. It's not that your daughter can't control herself; YOU can't control HER. You are the adult, she is the child; it is not her fault, but yours. Have you ever actually taken this drug yourself? Do you have any idea what you are doing to your child's developing mind? Pop a pill and see for yourself. No? Why? Because you don't "need" it? Because you don't have ADD, ADHD, or whatever they are going to call it next year? You are recklessly ignorant with your child's health care. You started your child on Vyvanse in KINDERGARTEN? Are you serious? Do you have any idea how fragile a developing mind is at that stage? You claim that on Vyvanse your daughter is "overly outgoing" and then becomes a "bit withdrawn," and that the ADHD is responsible for this, "not the medicine." Are you so ignorant as to what you are putting into your child's body that you don't know that this is exactly what Vyvanse is known to do? There are two stages: an initial rush, followed by a mellow concentration.
Do you even know what Amphetamine is? It takes various forms: crystal meth, MDMA, Adderal, Vyvanse, etc. A slight tweak (silly puns) in it's chemical makeup changes the particulars of the drug, but it is all essentially the same. It's the drug they gave Kamikaze pilots before they crashed their planes into pearl harbor. It's the drug they gave starving German soldiers to keep them fighting. In a slightly modified form it's called MDMA, or molly, a designer drug used at dance raves and festivals. It's the newest, and worst, recreational drug to sweep across the country. It's destroying communities like wild fire, and you are putting it into your child's body willingly, eagerly even. You are compromising your child's chance at a healthy, happy, drug-free, life. You will have a meth head on your hands by the time she is a teenager at this rate. Have fun with that. If you are incapable of making sound decisions for your child's well-being... well, you get the idea. I apologize for my harshness, but you deserve it. If this is how you "care" for your child, I fear for her well-being. Drugs are not cures, they are convenient side-affects. They are absolutely not "so necessary" and they are not "magic." The desirable side-effect of Vyvanse is that the brain surges with dopamine. The side-effect of that side-effect is that eventually the brain tries to resist the unhealthy surge of dopamine by shutting down dopamine receptors. Dopamine is the brain's "feel-good" juice. It's what causes the sensation of reward (eating,laughing, accomplishment, etc.) With the dopamine receptors shut down, a person becomes completely incapable of feeling any sensations of reward, or happiness. That is not an exaggeration. You could win the lottery and feel completely indifferent. Do you really want to set your child up for such a hellish experience? A depression that before the advent of Amphetamine was reserved for only the heaviest heroine addicts? During a time in her life when she is supposed to be capable of experiencing more happiness than any other time in her life? All because you don't have the patience to put up with her energy level? Your selfishness is sickening if that's true, and the truth of the matter is that it's already too late. She would need to be tapered off over an extended period of time, and even then she would still experience withdrawal.

Speaking of side-affects, here's just a few of Vyvanse's in no particular order.
Taking Habit Forming Drugs
Depression
Aggressive Behavior
Worsening Symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome
High Blood Pressure
Heart Attack
Abnormal Heart Rhythm
Stroke
Continued Painful Erection
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Mental Impairment
Hallucination
Feeling Faint
Altered Interest in Having Sexual Intercourse
Seizures
Chest Pain
Life Threatening Allergic Reaction
Giant Hives
Taste Problems
Mood Changes
Involuntary Quivering
Chronic Muscle Twitches or Movements
Feeling Sad or Empty
Mental Disorder with Loss of Normal Personality & Reality

That last one should really strike a chord with you. You've already stated that you have noticed behavioral changes. Do you dislike your child's personality; her natural energy and enthusiasm, so much that you are willing to force her into docility with dangerous drugs? Is her child's disposition so intolerable to you that you just can't bear it? If so, the only person in need of psychiatric evaluation is you. Children are supposed to have boundless energy; it's an archetypal attribute of their character. Don't snuff out her enthusiasm for life simply because yours can't hold a candle to her's. The irony of it all is that you are medicating her to eliminate undesired behavior, but you are creating for yourself a nightmare to look forward to when she is a teenager by exacerbating negative behavior she doesn't exhibit now, but will later, after years of having speed shoved down her throat. If you think it is difficult now, you are in for a fun ride. And the psychiatrist's answer to these new problems will be his prescription pad, again. And when new problems arise from that prescription, on to the next, until your kid is an unstable med-addicted nut. You already have her addicted to Vyvanse; and trust me, despite what the psychiatrist says, if she's been taking it for as long as you say, she's addicted. What do you think he'll prescribe next? Anti-depressants maybe? Maybe Xanax. I hear their prescribing it to three-year-olds now for crying too often (sarcasm I pray is recognized)
I was diagnosed with ADD when I was in middle-school simply because my mother showed a note from my teacher to my pediatrician that said that I was "inattentive," and "distracted," in class. If you ask what the difference is between ADD/ADHD, a doctor will tell you that they are the same thing, which by definition they aren't. This is because they are both phony diagnoses used for the same purpose. ADHD didn't exist in medical terminology when I was diagnosed, and it was not long before that that ADD didn't exist either. It is no coincidence that the prevalence of ADD/ADHD diagnoses coincided with the introduction of Ritalin into the drug market. At the time I was diagnosed, I knew I didn't have whatever my pediatrician was saying I had. I knew it was bs, and she did too, even as she scribbled my prescription. I was forced to take Ritalin for a week before my resistance finally prevailed. I am now pursuing physics at a 4 year university and I am as attentive as I want to be, as I always was. It may be clear that this is a personal issue for me, which certainly it is. (Why else would I have written this novel?) I am as agitated by other's ADD/ADHD diagnoses as I was with my own. I don't doubt that Vyvanse, and Amphetamines like it, can have positive benefits. But that's because it's freaking Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing drug. If you want to continue to give your child Amphetamine, that is your prerogative, but don't kid yourself and justify it by claiming steadfastly that she has a condition that doesn't exist. You are giving your child speed, a potent, dangerous, mind-altering substance, because you prefer the way she acts when she is on it, as oppose to her sober, exuberant self. When you say it like that - and it should be said like that to say it like it is - all of a sudden it doesn't seem appropriate anymore, because it isn't. Amphetamine exists as a prescribable, performance enhancing, drug because collectively professionals and patients alike pretend that ADD/ADHD is real, because the impact that Amphetamine has on performance and focus is real. If it was publicly acknowledged that ADD/ADHD are not real conditions, Amphetamine would no longer be allowed in schools, and students would need to piss into a cup before every exam. It's easier just to pretend and avoid all that mess, but it's important to remember that it is a collaborative lie, because most people, especially users, prefer to believe the lie, and sometimes, people such as yourself allow Aphetamines to be prescribed to their six year old child. Every time I hear some fool blame his faults on his ADD/ADHD I role my eyes, and the rest of the world roles their eyes behind his back.

How do I know all this stuff about Vyvanse? Because I'm on it right now, and this is the sort of behavior you can expect from someone on Vyvanse. I don't delude myself into believing that I have ADD, but I acknowledge it's performance enhancing qualities, and make good use of them. After all, I was "diagnosed" with it all those years ago; and that flimsy diagnosis, based on the observations of a Catholic middle-school pedant scribbled on a piece of paper, still holds up today. As a fully developed adult with a fully developed mind, and as a moderate user (as in not every day), I don't worry about the side-affects, but I sure as hell know through experience that this is not something any growing person should ever put inside their body... ever. Take that as you will. If I have given offence, it was with the best intentions. I don't know what whack-job prescribed your kindergartner Vyvanse, but I would not return to him if you value the medical consultation of professionals that actually care for the well being of their patients. As a professional, he is surely aware of the danger. To prescribe something so intense to a child so young is nothing short of gross neglect. As a general rule of thumb, keep in mind that psychiatrist's answers to everything lie within their RX pad, and there are only two kinds of drug in the world that actually cure ailments: antibiotics and vaccines. By failing to acknowledge this you have turned your own daughter into a human trial on the use of Amphetamines in young children. By my math your daughter should be about 16 now, something I had not noticed when I initially set out to write this. If you should happen to come across this message board again, please update us on her current bill of health. I am curious if she is still taking Vyvanse, and what affect taking it so early in life is having on her now. I wish you and her the best.

Cari - posted on 02/20/2014

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You are right on and I hope this becomes the mentality of otherwise misguided while good intented parents convert to. I ABSOLUTLEY AGREE! I only wish more parents did. This drugging has become completely acceptable and it is a TRAVESTY of HUGE proportions! Keep talking and helping people nderstand the severity of these meds. And so will I. THANK you for your common sense! It is refreshing!

Myia - posted on 02/12/2014

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Try taking him off for a month or two in the summer. I take my grandson off in the summer and let him run and play until he is tired and he will eat like a horse. He gained 15 lbs this past summer and we also could reduce the mg on his medication. Maybe next year we can do the same and eventually get him off all together... good luck..

Myia - posted on 02/12/2014

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Erica, Watch your son closely. Monitor his behavior when the Vyvance wears off. What were the symptoms for putting him on the medication? At 7 a lot of doctors will put kids on these meds when they are just really a busy child. Was he disruptive in school? Generally that is a good sign when they become unruly and disruptive. How long is his attention span? Could be he is a little immature for his age. Check out all you can to make sure he really needs the medication. It will effect his eating and he will not want to eat much. My grandson has been on medication for 8 years or so and he weighed just 90 up until this past summer when I took him off the medication and he gained 15 pounds. I have a friend to was able to take her high school teen off the meds and made adjustment to his food and so far so go he is doing fine.. keep a close eye on him and his behavior God Bless Ignore the negative people Each of us have to do what we feel is best for our child.

Myia - posted on 02/12/2014

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I appreciate you opinion and input. Considerations for all things I do for my kids I do a lot of research and do what I think is best. Each child is different some children don't need any medication others do. I have a medical background and I would never to anything to harm my child or grandchild. I am not sure where you got some of your information but some of it is inaccurate.It appears a lot of it is your opinion and personal feelings not solid information. Chemo does a lot of damage to children would you deny your child chemo if they needed it? I respect how you feel, but each person needs to make the decision based on what their child needs. If you have not dealt with a severely ill child then maybe you really can't make speculations about their care. God Bless Thanks for the input.

Cari - posted on 02/12/2014

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I am sitting here and while reading ALL these comments, I am soooooo scared for all these children who have been on AMPHETIMINES or WORSE for sooo many years. It is HORRIFIC! When did this medication become the "normal thing" to do with a child who is out of control. We live in a VERY DISTURBING society when we can put LITTLE bodies on these stimulants and hope for great results. The jury is OUT on the long term health(mentally and physically) of these little misunderstood,misdiagnosed, overmedicated and undervalued minds of our precious children. We all need help with our out of control children, BUT iI assure you, the best intrest of your child is not in the hands of teachers,doctors or the mentall health "profession" It is in your hands and heart. If people really knew what these drugs were doing to thier babies, most would stop right now. I am a mother of a child who was recommended medication at school in 2nd grade by his teacher. I STRONGLY disagreed and was persecuted for it. I did not choose to medicate him.I was afraid of these drugs, I knew that amphetimines were NOT a good thing for ANYONE! Especially my little sons brain,heart and liver to mention a few potentially damaged organs. Just look at adults with this addiction! And that is what it becomes....ADDICTION!! Unfortunatley recent studies have shown that many of these children grow up with an addiction and it will morph to other types of ILLEGAL drugs when they get older. A four year old ADDICTED to amphetimines?????? WHAT??? How can ALL these doctors condone this. It is a VERY hard "pill" to swallow and I am VERY scared for these innocent children. Of all the children committing suicide and committing murders, A VERY large percentage of these kids are the kids on meds. Just look into it yourself, you will see. I pray for all the parents of these children and for the children themselves. I really DO understand that most of these parents have the BEST intentions and are desperatley trying to help thier children feel and act better. Unfortunatley, we live in a society where the authoritative figures along with Pharma are running that show and we are scared to go against their "recommendations". Hopefully this method of "help" will be abolished and we will start testing these children properly. God Bless us all.

Myia - posted on 02/11/2014

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My grandson is 13 and has been on vyvance several years. He has had several types of medications and the vyvance seemed to work best. It could be you son needs either a lower dose or another medication. My grandson has never had (tics) on the medicaion. Keep a journal of his meds, food, and behavior. Start out with the date and time and keep a list of all he eats, takes, and does for several months. It might help find what is triggering the tics, talk to the doctor. He may have another issue.

Erica - posted on 01/20/2014

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My son and I are very new to this world he is 7 years old and today he just started vyvanse 20mg and I'm very nervous so if you have any helpful information please share!!!!! And for you Negative People Stand Down Please!!!!!!!!

Chira - posted on 12/28/2013

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my 6 yr old is on the same med. I gave it to him the first time yesterday and it made him hallucinate and he was just not himself... I didnt give him the medicine today and he is still not himself.

Molly - posted on 12/13/2013

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my 5 yr old son began taking 20 mg of vyvanse last month and we have been amazed at the results. he has been relieved of his behavior plan at school and is getting along better with his brothers. he is still an awnry active little boy but his negative behaviors are now manageable. we have however noticed he is beginning to studder. could this be the beginning of tics? should we continue to see if this kink works itself out or switch to a non-stimulant?

Tiffany - posted on 12/09/2013

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My son is on Vyvanse 40 mg and says he is relaxed and calm and doesn't get mad during school. However, when he gets home from school I have to constantly ask him if something happened at school b/c he is quiet and doesn't want to interact. I make him interact with me, however. We had put off for a very long time to even put him back on ADD meds b/c when he was 8 he took Concerta and the teachers would call telling me he was crying again and it didn't work at all. Caused me more stress. We tried natural things after that for sometime and nothing seemed to help. So he asked for help and I took him to the Dr and we were given this. Only bad side effect so far is him losing weight. He says he has to force himself to eat.

Brenda - posted on 11/01/2013

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My DS took Vyvanse (with great success) for over 2 years. Shortly after a medication increase from 30mg to 40mg, he developed a large shoulder tic. We discontinued Vyvanse and it went away. We tried Ritalin, it came back. We tried Strattera, it came back. We tried Intuniv, it got exponentially worse!. When we was not on any meds, the tic would go away, but his behavior was really bad, so we kept looking for another option. Our Ped. neurologist put him on Kapvay and that has been terrific. His ADHD is controlled (not as well as on vyvanse, but good enough) and the tics are gone. There are no side effects that we have noticed, and our lives are back to normal, after a really difficult few months. If your son has developed tics on a stimulant med, that most likely means that all stimulants will do that, but there are other options. See your doctor, or if you can, a pediatric neurologist. We also give my son Vayarin, a medical "food" that contains Fish oil. That seems to help as well.

Good luck!

Talulalaney - posted on 10/31/2013

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My daughter is also having bipolar outbursts on vyvanse. At the lowest dose I thought it must b hormones starting at 10. The dr blamed it on that as well. Dr raised dose and now bipolar episodes are crazy when med stops in evening and in mornings before dose. She will scream at us and seems full of anger over nothing and can't calm down. She's also said she wants to kill herself . She has add and learning issues but has never seemed so depressed . I called the dr office and they have ignored me for two days saying just go to er when I asked if it could b the medication. Time for a new dr!

Wanda - posted on 09/29/2013

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My 7 year old daughter gas ADHD, she is on biphentin 35 ml. She was doing so much better than without medication. I was so happy. Then the child psych said maybe she has anxiety. Prescribed 50 ml Zoloft - anti anxiety - and after 5 weeks what a positive improvement. Thank you dr rose,an and dr super for giving me my life back. I now have a wonderful compliant child instead of an oppositional disorder child! The biphentin has saved out lifes. But they want to try by anise for the longer releae as the teacher is seeing the mess wear off mid afternoon. I am a bit more nervous of by anise than I was of the biphentin, personally the biphentin and Zoloft are amazing"""

Carol - posted on 09/10/2013

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My daughter 6 years old) just started Vyvanse 20mg this morning before school. She's doing very well on it so far. The main things I noticed were dry mouth (she's saying she's thirsty), talking nonstop, and her mouth tweaking (tongue licking her lips and going back and forth and up and down). She told me she had a hard time eating her lunch I made for her. But other than that she's very pleasant, loving and focused (not so impulsive). I was very hesitant to do the drug route but her Pediatrician said her scores were so high for ADHD she needs to be on med. I just hope she doesn't have to be on this med for a long time. Any input about stopping the Vyvanse after her brain is trained?

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2013

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Update-he continued to take the vyvanse 20 mg for the rest of 7th grade and ended the last two quarters of 7th grade with A's, B's and C's (reward trip to an IMAX 3-D theater)
Anyway so he started 8th grade with no medication, so far so good.
I believe that just a few months of medication re/trained his brain. He told me that when we go see his doctor next month that he is going to tell her "thank you."
This never was about bad behavior, it was about paying attention and the willingness to keep organized. I am very grateful that the lowest dose 20mg vyvanse and also for an excellent doctor who told me that with hard work that he not have to take it forever. My son told me that he does not like the way it makes him feel, so I am grateful for the good grades without medication so far. Wish us luck and prayers.

Dianna - posted on 06/19/2013

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I would talk with his pediatrician on this matter because this sounds odd.

Dianna - posted on 06/18/2013

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I think it is a symptom of the ADHD my son had a tic of grunting, but he does'nt now, he may grow out of the tics.

Russell - posted on 06/14/2013

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Has anyone experienced if their son's penis shrunk on this stuff?

Isabel - posted on 06/12/2013

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When my son was 6 years old he was in 1st grade, his teacher told me that my son was not focusing and that she thought that my son had ADHD and that he might have problems in 2nd grade , I told her that I was used to deal with hyperactive kids since my sister had 3 handful boys and that I was not " pro - drug for my son. He passed to 2nd grade and his teacher never ,ever mentioned anything about my son having ADHD , to the contrary she said that he was very smart. Now He just passed to 4th grade and he was an Honor Roll student. I thank God I did not listen to that teacher. I am a mom who is always checking on him at school, I show up all of the sudden to have lunch with him , talk to his teachers, etc.. To my surprise he behaves better at school than at home . I have a lot of patience with him and always encouraging to reach his goals , and of course , I reward him by taking him to places that he likes and ejoys. Good luck!!

Diana - posted on 05/14/2013

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Same with my son dosage wise and improvement but now getting emotionally unstable when it wears off so will definately discontinue it now! Has been on it since February... And has eye blinking ticks and restless hard to get to bed and then to wake up

Diana - posted on 05/14/2013

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Its such a hard choice to make to take your child to a specialist who will likely diagnose for ADHD ADD
We came to terms with our sons having it this year when teachers started talking about failing our boys
one was overactive unfocussed and not learning and the other not focussed but very creative and smart but not focussed enough to finish tasks and do well enough
We try many ways to motivate them and help them learn but it is a real challenge
They are 7 and 9 and have been since February on Vyvanse 20 mg one and the other on 15 mg Daytrana patch
One shows alot of improvement the other not so much but i am calling it quits
My son just went through a horrible emotional temper anger fit over something insignificant
I had to coax him down to breathe and relax and bring him out of it
Its like he was thrashing with an anger and frustration inside him and it was reeking out uncontrollably
That was not my son! He was never like that! It's the vyvanse
My son is the class clown ...a Jim Carey of his times...real funny guy .. though we'd say he wasn't just to discourage him from doing it since it would get him in trouble at school ....he got suspended from school for hitting two kids...the principal apologized for following protocol but admired my son because he stood up for the tree the two boys had been tearing at from the school garden he argued they wouldn't stop hurting the tree even after he ask them to...and that's just one of my boys and one of my stories
Parents out there good luck and God Bless! And those out there who know about these meds and their side effects keep on telling us...as a Mom I want my boys to succeed in life but I will find another way that's safe.

Trisha - posted on 05/08/2013

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MY son he is 6 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD and ADD the doc updosed his med on 30 ml on Vyvanse he been on it it for a week and i noticed he starting blinking rapidly i ask him is there something wrong with your eyes he said no i cant stop ?????? The promblem his insurence only cover the med for a mth no matter if he needing to change doses or what so ever they wont till the month up . What should i do ?????

Tanya - posted on 04/05/2013

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My son is 7 years old he was diagnosed with adhd at 5 .he initially started on a fairly new Med called intuniv which is a non stimulant and non narcotic.it worked amazing.of course i siranve wouldn't pay because he was not 6 years old.itbwas too much for me too pay for.itbwas a extended release Med so it lasted all day which was Hood.so we became the process of trying other meds thatbinsurance made us try before they paid for intiniv.which didn't make sense why they would want a kid on a Med so strong u can't even call it in rather then nine narcotic that would work perfect.all about money i guess.anyway we tried ritalin which made him aggressive. And emotional. I stopped that immediately. Then we tried adseral and he slept the entire day at school. He would just lay on ground and sleep.i stopped that because he was already on lowest dose..after talking with he pediatrician we decided. Thaybwe would try the generic intumiv which was guanfacine.itbwas a miricle and non narcotic.i recemed to everyone.he has been on same dose for over two years and never had to increase untilled recently.and its more like he just has Med wear off towards end of school day.only because its regular release instead of extended. Recently i was informed by pediatricians. That he may need to be on a stimulant because IM just suppressing his hyperness not helping stimulate the brain so he still has trouble reading and focusing in school.we tried vyvanse. Which the first day he came home from school. And i was kinda scared his reaction. He kept moving lips and voting mouth very dry mouth.he was very figget y.he roused a lot but didn't sleep at all really first three days was like 8 hours of sleep.on top that i had. 2 year old sick for last meek so IM exhausted.i called Dr they told me to try adderall again which i think was a mistake.he wasn't giving. Him 5 mg to start and didn't do a thing so i Gabe him another dose after school he seemed to haveore behavior issues then before.i don't k ow if i should go back to non stimulant. And hope he does better in school or continue vyvanse? Symptoms started to subside with vyvanse after time.??

Sandra - posted on 04/05/2013

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I just started my 16 yo daughter on Vyvanse 20 mg about a month ago and was extremely skeptical about putting her on any type of drug to begin with. So far, the side effects are minimal, she's lost some weight, even though she eats regularly. She takes her dose early in the morning and can concentrate much better in school since on the medication. She is, however tired when she gets home and generally takes a fairly long nap after school. I'm assuming her metabolism did speed up since taking meds, hence the weight loss. I've picked up the prescription for the next month today. Called it in and it was ready for me to pick up. When will children on Vyvanse generally be scheduled for another check-up? I thought this would happen after their first month? I am starting to doubt my pediatricians skills, especially after I had to practically beg for a consultation with her before I picked up the first prescription. Initially I was told to just pick it up, the questionnaire showed my child has ADHD. I did, however, have questions about side effects etc. The pediatrician has also failed to mention that this drug is habit-forming, which is another major worry of mine. I want to do whats best for my child but am at a loss!

Pamela - posted on 03/31/2013

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My DS is 8- we had gone back and forth on the issue of meds. Finally I agree that I would try VyVanse with him. Today was the first day- 20mg. He has been fidgety, ridiculously talkative, and doing this weird thing with his fingers. At dinner he could not sit still. Usually he is distracted and inattentive. It's the exact opposite affect that I was looking for- scared to give him a dosage tomorrow- and his heart rate is 120 at 6pm, 10 hours after his dosage!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2013

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Tara,
my daughter was on vyvanse for 2 weeks and had violent outburst and tantrums especially in public. and she was on the smallest does which i believe is 20mg. 50 mg seems really high for a 10 years old. my daughter was 7 when she was on vyvanse.
my friend's son was on vyvanse as well and he had the similar adverse side effects to what she had
i would be calling the doctor ASAP

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2013

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My son is 11 years old. He has been on Vyvanse for a few months now at 50mg. We took him off the meds over the holiday break from school and have started them again in the past few days. He has been complaining of headaches, chest pain and cramping in his feet and arms. I am very concerned that he may be having heart trouble and have called the doctor both after hours and then again this morning. He was seen by the nurse at school yesterday and she said that he had an elevated heart rate and she noticed he was shaking his foot as he sat and waited for her to call me.

I did not give him a pill this morning and am seriously considering not putting him back on them. He is old enough to tell me how he feels and he does not feel good while on them. He also tells me that he cannot control his emothions and is scared a lot of the time for no apparent reason.

Mitzi - posted on 01/07/2013

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seems a high dose for a 10 year old my daughter is 16 and 20 mg is all she takes.

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2012

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"I don't think anyone in their right mind should put a child on speed. As an adult, I took it.. and it made me feel like I was a crack head.. Sure, it helps you "focus".. but it is not fool proof. Yes, I cleaned my entire house.. I did it rather quickly.. I did

lots of things, because I was "cracked" out and had to do something with my energy. I went to the Dr. to see how easy it was to get a prescription of this drug. It was ridiculous. I got it from two different psychiatrists. The amazing thing is, I am just as good without it, as I am with it. As an adult, I took less than what some of your children were prescribed, and over time, it made me have terrible withdraw symptoms and made me feel horrible when the drug wore off.. My nerves were shot over time, my stomach hurt bad.. and my hands would shake very badly... I would have cold sweats and horrible anxiety and my heart fluttered. I had panic attacks. It's absolutely terrible. I am completely against this.

What these kids need, is patience, love and discipline. Give them a life time of that, and they will be fine. Don't parent your children with narcotics that drug addicts use as a street drug and snort and shoot up, and overdose every day in this counrty..

There are homeopathic remedies and safer alternatives.. PLEASE listen..this is a HUGE mistake. You are teaching your children that they need narcotics in order to function in life. It is really going to mess them up BAD. It's really sad. They will be doomed with this mentality. They will spend their lives searching for excuses for their behavior and constantly seeking different forms of crutches such as pills and/or other addictions to suffice for a void that they think must be filled in order to properly function in life. That is very dangerous. You are giving your kids drugs to stay awake and drugs to go to sleep.. this is a combination of uppers and downers.. this can make your heart stop beating. I don't see how doctors can OVER prescribe such controlled substances and sleep well at night. I would NEVER give anyone this drug, especially not a child."

Julie - posted on 12/09/2012

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Jen, I would call his doc just to be safe. My daughters first day on vyvanse wasn't that bad, in fact she cleaned and organized her room ALL DAY. I think the vyvanse triggered seizures, and don't trust it at all.

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2012

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My son (5.5) was recently diagnosed with ADD, something I had suspected for sometime along with other issues. We started him on the Vyvanse 20mg this morning and I'm not sure about it yet. I was diagnosed with adult ADD probably 15 years ago and have been on different medications over the years to treat it, but I'm not sure deep down I am ready to deal with the weird effects I have had over the years from my 5 year old child. He took the dose at 9:15am (we did sleep in today, it is saturday after all!), which in retrospect was my first mistake. The doctor said that at this low dose it should only last about 8 hours. We are at 14 hours, and I am still waiting for the crash! He finally just looked at me and is yawning. I'm wondering if this is something that will kind of wane as he is on the drug longer, or if I seriously need to change either the dosing schedule or the drug all together. Obviously drugs for ADD/ADHD help you focus your thoughts, can make you more social, and therefore can make you more talkative. "Talkative" doesn't even begin to describe what I saw today. About an hour after taking the drug, he started talking (so starting at 10:30)...and he didn't stop talking until roughly 3:30. And I mean he COULDN'T stop talking. He kept saying "but I have so much I want to say! There is so much I NEED to tell you!". And it was things he absolutely didn't need to tell us--it was plans on how he would fix items if they broke (he named almost every item individually in our family room), plans on what he would have in his (large lol) house when he grows up, how clean it would be, etc etc etc. When he stopped talking, it wasn't stopped really--I just mean he could go 1-2 mins without having to tell us something. But the incessant talking is still pretty much going on now as I type. He doesn't care if anyone is listening, he is just talking away!

I'm wondering if anyone experienced similar effects, if they continued each day, if they got better/worse...and more importantly how long did the drug seem to "stay" with them? I know the half life is roughly 12 hours, generally the higher the dose the closer to that 12 hours (or more) you come to it lasting.

Any stories or insight would be appreciated. Between him being wound up tonight and my 18 month old going through separation anxiety and having a nasty cold that causes her to cry out for me several times in the night the last few nights, I don't see myself getting much sleep tonight. I'd rather not repeat this tomorrow! Thank you all so much!

Kari - posted on 12/05/2012

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My son could NOT take Adderall or Vyvanse because it made him Bi-Polar coming off the meds each night. We would literally cry for no reason. It was awful for us. As far as Tics -- read the label to see what the side effects are. More than likely, it is the meds. Did he have those tics prior to being on the meds?

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Quote from another Mom

"Looking up the Vyvanse info on their own website gave me their "official" info, but I wanted to ask any of you about your own first-hand experiences taking this med. I read somewhere that people have had odd side-effects: Clenching jaw, tics, and "chewing on tongue." I'm a little hesitant about trying this after hearing about those...just wondering if any of you have experienced any of these? Also, how irritable do people feel while taking it?"

I am going to wait mysel to see if we can't use other methods behavior modification etc.

The Vyvanse info on their own website gave me their "official" info, but I wanted to ask any of you about your own first-hand experiences taking this med. I read somewhere that people have had odd side-effects: Clenching jaw, tics, and "chewing on tongue." I'm a little hesitant about trying this after hearing about those...just wondering if any of you have experienced any of these? Also, how irritable do people feel while taking it?

The strange tics can be PERMENENT.

is can be PERMENENT OMGOSH!!!!

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2012

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My 12-1/2 year old son was sick with a virus as I had originally thought-fever is not a side effect of vyvanse. Now we are on our first few days in a row of 20 mg vyvanse. One report from a teacher is that he is paying better attention in class but still very disorganized. My child's behavior at home is awesome and always has been. The only reason we are doing this is so he doesn't fail 7th grade. He is spacey, unattentive, doesn't seem to care that he gets poor grades. Generally at school, he doesn't misbehave, he just doesn't turn in assignments, doesn't do well on them, doesn't study or even know when tests are scheduled. Is this pill going to make him care about school? I have tried all of the reward vs consequences. Some work for a few days, then he just becomes accustomed to not having x-box or only earning 15 minutes outside time. It's a headache but it could be worse. He didn't eat lunch yesterday at school, but ate when he came home. Today he ate all of his lunch and stiil ate as soon as he walked in the door.

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My 7yo started Vyvanse (at 20mg) this past summer. By Oct, we increased to 40 mg but behavior at home was still very difficult and teacher said that he still has alot of difficutly with transitions. We noticed with some hand tics but nothing interferring with his work. As of Nov 1 we up'd the dose to 50mg . Now the tics have increased and he now has foot movement, throat clearing, among others. He is prone to emotional outbursts and being very mean and has a REALLY nasty, disrespectful attitude. It is horrible! Waiting on a call back from the dr, but am worried. When he is off meds he is genuinely unmanageable but these pills may be doing more harm than good.

Michelle - posted on 11/08/2012

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My son is 12-1/2. His grades are terrible. He spaces out. Upon meeting with the teachers, their first question was, "what kind of medicine does he take?" I answered none and it was suggested that he may need adhd meds.



First day of vyvanse 20 mg, he came home from school early with a fever and sore throat, glands tender...maybe he is just getting sick. I haven't seen "fever" as a side effect at all.

Amy - posted on 10/07/2012

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Hi, My oldest son just started Vyvanse and I have notice a change. We have been on it for 3 days now and I have notice emotional break down he complain with his stomach hurting really bad. I am very concern about this because he seems to cry at nothing. I am planning on calling our Dr tomorrow. But any advice is greatly appreciated. Because I don't know if this is something that we are going to go through. Because this is the first time my son has been on any medicines for ADD

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