Side Effects for Vyvanse
It's important to understand the benefits and risks
As with any medication, it is important to understand the potential benefits and risks before starting treatment with Vyvanse. This is not a complete list of risk information. For additional safety information, please see Vyvanse Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss them with your child's doctor.
What is the most important information I should know about Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep in a safe place to prevent misuse or abuse.
Tell the doctor if your child has (or you have a family history of having) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
Vyvanse is a stimulant medicine. The following have been reported with use of stimulant medicines.
- Heart-related problems including:
- sudden death in people who have heart problems or heart defects
- sudden death, stroke and heart attack in adults
- increased blood pressure and heart rate
Tell your doctor if you or your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. The doctor should check your or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment.
Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Vyvanse.
- Mental (psychiatric) problems including:
- new or worse behavior and thought problems
- new or worse bipolar illness
- new psychotic symptoms such as:
- seeing things or hearing voices that are not real
- believing things that are not true
- being suspicious
- new manic symptoms
Tell the doctor about any drug abuse, alcohol abuse or mental problems that your child has had, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.
Call your child's doctor right away if your child has any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking Vyvanse.
- Circulation problems in fingers and toes [Peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's phenomenon]:
- Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful
- Fingers or toes may change color from pale, to blue, to red
Call your doctor right away if you have or your child has any of these signs or symptoms or develops unexplained wounds on fingers or toes while taking Vyvanse.
Who should not take Vyvanse?
Your child should not take Vyvanse if he or she is taking or has taken within the past 14 days an anti-depressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or is allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines.
What are the most common side effects of Vyvanse?
The most common side effects reported in studies of Vyvanse were: anxiety, decreased appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, trouble sleeping, upper stomach pain, vomiting, and weight loss.
These are not all the possible side effects of Vyvanse. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist for more information and talk to your child's doctor about any side effects your child may be experiencing.