Getting Started on Vyvanse
Important information and tips for getting started on Vyvanse
Your child should take Vyvanse exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Once-daily Vyvanse is available in 6 dosing strengths.
It's important to work with the doctor to find the dose that's right for your child
The recommended starting dose for Vyvanse is 30 mg once daily. In order to help meet your child's needs, your child's doctor may need to periodically increase or decrease the dose to effectively control your child's ADHD symptoms and manage side effects. This is called titration. With 6 dosing strengths of Vyvanse, your child's doctor has the flexibility to change the dose until it is right for your child.
Tips to get started on Vyvanse
- Take Vyvanse exactly as the doctor prescribes
- The doctor may change your child's dose until it is right for them
- Take Vyvanse 1 time each day in the morning
- Vyvanse can be taken with or without food
- Vyvanse capsules may be swallowed whole
- If your child has trouble swallowing capsules, open the Vyvanse capsule and pour the powder into a glass of water
- Use all of the powder from the capsule to get all of the medicine
- Using a spoon, break apart any powder that is stuck together. Stir the powder and water until they are completely mixed together
- Drink the entire glass of water right away after mixing. Do not store. It is normal to see a filmy coating on the inside of the glass after drinking all the medicine
- The doctor may sometimes stop Vyvanse treatment for a while to check your child's ADHD symptoms
- The doctor may do regular checks of your child's blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Vyvanse
- Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Vyvanse. Vyvanse treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups
- Store your child’s medicine in a safe place and count the pills regularly to make sure no one else is using them
- Do not give Vyvanse to other people, even if they have ADHD. It may harm them and it is against the law. Do not throw unused Vyvanse in your household trash
- If your child takes too much Vyvanse, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get your child to the nearest hospital emergency room
Treatment tips for ADHD
Here are a few things you may wish to do during the ADHD treatment process:
- Learn more. Read books and articles on ADHD and visit these Web sites.
- Build a team. Enlist the help of family and friends, ﬁnd a therapist, talk to teachers, or join a support group.
- Be candid. Continue to update the doctor as symptoms and side effects change so he/she can better monitor your child's treatment.