Vyvanse® is a relatively new drug, approved by the FDA in early 2008. First developed by New River Pharmaceuticals, the drug is now owned by Shire Pharmacueticals, the company who also holds the rights for Adderall XR®. In the last decade, it has become a popular drug of abuse, and some are experiencing addiction and the associated symptoms of stimulant withdrawal. From addiction to Vyvanse withdrawal, the drug can be dangerous if not used appropriately.
Vyvanse is the brand name of lisdexamfetamine, a drug that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS). It is a prodrug of dextroamphetamine, which means it metabolizes into this drug in the body. Dextroamphetamine is the active ingredient in the common ADHD medication Adderall.
As a central nervous system stimulant, Vyvanse is most commonly prescribed to treat ADHD in children and adults. It also has been approved to help treat binge eating disorder in adults. It may help some individuals focus, give energy, and inhibit hunger in those struggling with binge eating.
Many people take Vyvanse for its stimulating properties. Taking higher doses of vyvanse than prescribed or taking the drug when you don’t have ADHD will produce an increase in thought processes, energy, and focus. For this reason, it is one of the stimulants abused by college students. People use the drug to help themselves study and stay up longer to get school work done.
People may also mix the stimulant with other drugs and substances such as alcohol, opioids, or marijuana. Doing so is a form of polysubstance abuse, and people take up this practice to enhance the high or mitigate negative side effects of one of the drugs. Stimulants are often taken with depressants to help keep the individual awake while high.
Like many other stimulants, users become dependent on or addicted to Vyvanse. Vyvanse addiction often happens gradually. People are either prescribed the drug or take it while in school, only to find they end up dependent upon it.
With dependency and addiction, the body becomes accustomed to functioning with the chemicals in your body. When you remove the drug, the body responds poorly, pushing the individual into withdrawal symptoms. People can get addicted to many prescription drugs, and this stimulant is no different.
As with other stimulants and prescription medications, there are side effects of use and abuse. Side effects vary from individual to individual, and depend largely upon the length of use, the dose, and the individual’s bod chemistry. According to a statement from the FDA, the most common side effects of Vyvanse use include:
Vyvanse withdrawal symptoms arise when a person stops using lisdexamfetamine. Generally withdrawal symptoms will begin to arise in the first day or so, peaking sometime toward the end of the first week. From there, the symptoms of withdrawal should begin to subside. Although each individual has their own experience, the most common symptoms of Vyvanse withdrawal are:
Recovering from stimulant addiction often requires professional help and care. Starting with a medically-supervised detox process, an individual can get the drug out of the system and begin to cleanse their brain and body.
Then, you can move on to residential treatment, outpatient treatment, or sober living. Studies suggest that longer treatment programs tend to result in higher rates of abstinence. You can also seek help from support groups like twelve-step or therapeutic groups. There are also many alternatives to twelve-step such as SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery.
If you’re going through Vyvanse withdrawal, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are others who have gone through the same difficult process, and trained professionals who can help you get clean. You can click the button below to find free treatment options!