My son was prescribed Vyvanse when he was 4 years old. Vyvanse was the first of the ADHD drugs that we tried. We stuck with it for four months before I told the pediatrician it was definitely not going to work. At first, he was just more emotional than normal…which was a lot. He got overstimulated easier. And it heightened his sensory defensiveness to the point that fight or flight kicked in and caused dangerous situations (running toward the street in a panic).
Vyvanse is a stimulant medication. In essence, it stimulates the brain and nervous system for the purpose of improving hyperactivity and impulse control in people with ADHD.
- It did improve his hyperactivity
- He was less impulsive
- Energy level reduced too dramatically. He was like a zombie constantly in a zone.
- Can cause insomnia. He already had sleep problems. They got worse with this med.
- Blood pressure and heart rate have to be checked often due to possible serious side effects on the heart.
- Vyvanse is addictive and withdrawals can occur upon stopping the medication.
- Long-term use can slow the growth of a child.
$25 after insurance. This was a good price in comparison to other ADHD meds. Prices start at $197.85 without insurance.
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