Is Vyvanse A Safe Alternative To Adderall?

While Vyvanse may be safer than Adderall, it is not suitable for everybody with ADHD.

Prescription Adderall, a blend of amphetamines, was a “miracle drug” for many children and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, some people faked ADHD symptoms so they could abuse or sell Adderall.  Faking ADHD symptoms is especially common among high school and college students who look for study aids. In light of all the publicity about illegal Adderall use and sales, a more difficult to abuse amphetamine called Vyvanse was released onto the market in 2008.

One of the problems with Adderall and similar drugs such as Dexedrine is that drug abusers can crush the medication to snort or inject it. This type of amphetamine abuse can prove fatal. Vyvanse does not turn into amphetamine until it goes through the digestive system and is thus a “pro drug.” While some people do misuse Vyvanse, the medication is much less popular among people wishing to find party or study drugs.

However, Vyvanse does carry a risk of side effects including sudden cardiac arrest and death. Other potentially life-threatening side effects include rapid heartbeat, amphetamine psychosis, seizures, severe allergic reaction, shortness of breath, and vocal and motor tics. Less serious but still potentially troublesome side effects include loss of appetite, unwanted weight loss, dry mouth, dizziness, erectile dysfunction, headache, insomnia, irritability, jaw grinding, and euphoria.

So while Vyvanse is probably much safer than Adderall, it is not suitable for everybody with ADHD. The medication can be used to treat other conditions such as uncontrollable fits of sleep or narcolepsy. United States medical officials are currently investigating whether Vyvanse is a safe remedy for difficult-to-treat cases of depression, binge eating, schizophrenia, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

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