Adults and children age 6 to 12 who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may benefit from Vyvanse. This prescription medication works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain to produce a calming effect. Vyvanse comes in the form of a capsule that is usually taken once a day in the morning. Commonly reported side effects include headaches, insomnia, and a decreased appetite.
What Is Vyvanse?Vyvanse™ (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children age 6 to 12 years old, adolescents, and adults. Because the drug is a stimulant and has the potential to be abused, there are special rules for prescribing it (see Vyvanse: A Controlled Substance).
(Click Vyvanse Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)