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I wanted to know how some people responded to Vyvanse, in terms of their anxiety and depression too.

 

Did Vyvanse ever make you feel as if you became more distracted? This has happened to me, and I debate if now with the anxiety gone my brain is relaxed it just, tunes everything out or if I'm tuning into the things I do more now than before, so that I see my errors.

 

Also did you ever feel, weak, low blood pressue like on Vyvanse? Especially when it started to be about a week of being on it?

 

Did it help with your performance?

I do feel it has cleared my thinking a great deal. But sometimes it's like it makes me more ADHD..I don't know lol.

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Vyvanse for me helps me see more clear as you described, but it does not stop from making me jump from one thing to the other mentally. It also gives me more impulse control, but not more attention or focus. I am able to be more rational and less emotional, I think that's how it has helped me.

 

In terms of feeling weak, have you been eating? It takes my appetite away, and I forget to eat.

I just started Vyvanse.  I have a fear that these drugs will do long term brain damage when eventually going off them.  However, I've read a lot of positive things about this drug as far as productivity and I feel it's worth the risk. Because I've experienced some extreme trauma at the beginning of this year and my brain has shut down.  I'm not functioning in my career and I need to get back on track. I'm hoping this drug will help me do that.
I started it today.  About two hours in I felt like I did a line of coke.  I'm assuming it'll take getting used to.

I've eaten more, and it's almost been painful but the benefits are showing. I was not even eating enough calories a day for my metabolism when I was off Vyvanse.))

 

@ Willimena ; I don't think it's capable of brain damage unless you have some other underlying factors but even then, haven't heard of that yet. Getting off of it may be a few days of mild anxiety and depression just feeling down.

 

Yes, day 1 is nuts. And this effect may last you for 3 days and you may have a fall out by day 4, because it's almost like being high the first few days. I'm on day 5 and just came over that plum it from the high. Today was much better, minor side effects but I suffer anxiety in the morning when I wake up and do not have it in my system yet.

 

You may have trouble falling asleep, like your body wants to rest but you need to keep your eyes open. I just watched tv and relaxed until that wore off for me. I had nausea, headaches, cotton mouth (licked my lips a lot now they're chapped and raw), bounced my knee, talked 150%. That's all come down now, severely. Initially taking the pill I still get an upset stomach and feel weak for the first hour but I think it's because my blood sugar dipped. Eat and stay hydrated, make an effort to be aware of it because you'll pass it by easily.

Thank you for the advice.  I appreciate it.  I was really hoping it would feel different.  You know, like me on my most energetic clear day.  But that's not what I'm experiencing so far.  I will keep going with it.  I have a bottle of water next to me and will keep drinking.  I haven't experienced not being hungry yet!  Kinda looking forward to that.  ;-)

Lexi Lioness said:

I've eaten more, and it's almost been painful but the benefits are showing. I was not even eating enough calories a day for my metabolism when I was off Vyvanse.))

 

@ Willimena ; I don't think it's capable of brain damage unless you have some other underlying factors but even then, haven't heard of that yet. Getting off of it may be a few days of mild anxiety and depression just feeling down.

 

Yes, day 1 is nuts. And this effect may last you for 3 days and you may have a fall out by day 4, because it's almost like being high the first few days. I'm on day 5 and just came over that plum it from the high. Today was much better, minor side effects but I suffer anxiety in the morning when I wake up and do not have it in my system yet.

 

You may have trouble falling asleep, like your body wants to rest but you need to keep your eyes open. I just watched tv and relaxed until that wore off for me. I had nausea, headaches, cotton mouth (licked my lips a lot now they're chapped and raw), bounced my knee, talked 150%. That's all come down now, severely. Initially taking the pill I still get an upset stomach and feel weak for the first hour but I think it's because my blood sugar dipped. Eat and stay hydrated, make an effort to be aware of it because you'll pass it by easily.

I found this site while searching for the long term affects of Vyvanse.  My doctors switched from Strattera to Vyvanse 1 1/2 years ago and I was pleased with the increased focus. After a few months on Vyvanse I was having symptoms of anxiety and depression, which my doctor claims is quite common with ADHD.  We've tried several different medications but haven't liked the side-affects, they tend to make me feel anti-social.  Like you, I'm also concerned about the affects of all these medications on cognition, seems like it's becoming more difficult to process thoughts and my memory seems to be suffering.  On the other hand, I'm 51 years old and have been told these are also symptoms of peri-menopause.

 

These other ladies have some great suggestions about diet and hydration that sound promising.  So glad I found this site.

Just found this forum while I was searching for side effects of Vyvanse.  I started out on 30mg/day for 1 week the increased to 60mgs/day.  After about 1-1/2 to 2 weeks I started feeling a lot of weakness in my arms and hands and my legs got tired really easily.  Also, it just wasn't lasting me throughout the day and I was so tired by the time I got off work I'd have to lie down for awhile.  Then a few days later I kept feeling worse and over a weekend I could barely get off the couch.  I was nauseated, weak and felt like I was going to pass out everytime I stood up.  It was awful.  I went to work on Monday (a week ago) still feeling the same, thinking maybe I had a bug or something.  I work in a doctor's office (yep, 23 years in the medical field but I just don't know much about the new ADHD medications) so I just decided to take my blood pressure, thinking it may be up because of the Vyvanse.  It usually stayed a tad over 120/80 when I was taking Adderall.  Wow, it was 92/60!  No wonder I felt like I was going to pass out!  Maybe i wasn't eating enough.  During that 2 weeks I skipped dinner in the evenings but I ate a good breakfast and lunch plus fruit in between.  I tried that same day to call my doctor and basically was told, sorry, she's not here until Wednesday.....do you want me to leave her a note for then?  And I told her I might be dead by Wednesday (a little dramatic, I know).  She didn't offer anything such as maybe a doctor that was on call for my doctor or go to the ER or whatever.  She just told me she hoped I felt better!  So, knowing a person isn't supposed to stop this stuff all at once I dropped back down to 30mgs/day and have been on that since.  I'm afraid to stop it all together.  My BP is back up closer to normal (117/70 today) but I seriously crash right after lunch.  Sooooooo, my next appointment isn't until Aug 30th!!  Not sure what to do until then......guess I need to try the doctor's office again and hope that same idiot doesn't answer the phone.
Do any of you take "holidays" from your meds? I recently switched to Vyvanse after a year of Adderall XR and if I took/take either med for more than 5 consecutive days, my mental health declines dramatically. I become emotionally unstable and feel utterly hopeless. My appetite rages and I get incredibly sleepy right around 5 hours after having taken the meds. I HAVE to take at least a couple of days off of the meds per week (typically the weekend), but the more days off, the better. I've read that it's actually a case of over-stimulation and some people experience this too when their dose is too high given all at one time in the morning. To combat that, they must break their dose down into more than one over the course of a few hours. In my case, I take 50mg of Vyvanse around 5am and another 30mg at lunch.

I tried Vyvanse in April, looking for something with longer and smoother effectiveness than my current meds. The Dr. gave me 30 mg per day and said I could split the pill if it was too much by pouring some of the granules in water and drinking it. (She neglected to say how I would know if it was too much.)

My response: Vyvanse made me spacey and gave me very cold hands. In fact, about the 3rd day I was so cold that I spent the day layered with several sweaters, one of them a ski sweater. On about day 5, I had an appointment  with my therapist . That day I was very absent-minded and silly, as if I were a bit tipsy. The therapist convinced me not to quit cold-turkey, but to try splitting the pills, which I did for two days before quitting altogether. Meanwhile, i put a call in to my prescriber, and received a message from her that cold hands is not a documented reaction to Vyvanse. Maybe not, but it went away after I quit taking Vyvanse!

 

Since that experience, I have researched intensively and listened to many adhd meds webcasts. I have concluded that I should have been started on a very small dose, then increased slowly, since I am quite sensitive to meds. My dilemma now is whether to give it a second try. My meds provider seems rather clueless about adhd meds and I have not been able to locate someone who is more knowledgeable. The Concerta I am taking seems to ebb and flow during the day so that it is not effective during my most intense work hours. 

 

 

I am going to caution people on here to be careful. There are people on here , I am sure that are men pretending to be women, among other things.

 

You can really never be sure who you are talking to on the internet. On here, as well on other websites, it  is very easy to make up email accounts & screen names & handles.

 

To make up a new email account & get a new screen name / handle on here, it would take me about two minutes.

 

And, with the sophistication of computers & software these days, you can never be too careful.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystroke_logging ; for those of you who might have ex boyfriends to worry about, or husbands that like to snoop.

 

Or, http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/hackertools/a/aa121403.htm

 

Then again, they can do stuff like run screen shot programs on your laptops & desktops.

 

Moreover, I am sure there are kids that are in their teens ( and some possibly younger ) that get bored & get on sites like this one & wreak havoc.

 

And, if someone offers to talk to you on the phone to verify that they are a woman, beware, there are voice changers ; http://skypefx.codeplex.com , http://download.cnet.com/AV-Voice-Changer-Software/3000-2150_4-1005... , http://www.spoofcard.com

 

I am going to put this on all the discussions, so that people who stick to only one discussion, can benefit.

 

Just, be careful.

 

Hi Marlene

I almost fell on the floor reading your post. I have exactly all the same symptoms at week 3 of taking 50 mg of Vyvanse. Right down to the low blood pressure -- I went to the Dr. because I too was weak in the arms, legs, feeling faint at standing and my dose was sending me crashing to the couch by 5pm. My blood pressure was 80 over something (I forget that other #) which is very low for me.  I told my PCP that I am on the new meds and he completely dismissed that as a reason and ran all kinds of blood work that all came back okay today - so I am convinced it's the Vyvanse.  The fatigue is terrible. Again, I only began experiencing these symptoms as I began week 3 of the prescription. I will see my med doctor in 2 weeks - maybe I need a different stimulant medication? I am curious to hear how you made out presenting these symptoms to your Dr.  - thanks for listening and hope to hear from you.
Marlene said:

Just found this forum while I was searching for side effects of Vyvanse.  I started out on 30mg/day for 1 week the increased to 60mgs/day.  After about 1-1/2 to 2 weeks I started feeling a lot of weakness in my arms and hands and my legs got tired really easily.  Also, it just wasn't lasting me throughout the day and I was so tired by the time I got off work I'd have to lie down for awhile.  Then a few days later I kept feeling worse and over a weekend I could barely get off the couch.  I was nauseated, weak and felt like I was going to pass out everytime I stood up.  It was awful.  I went to work on Monday (a week ago) still feeling the same, thinking maybe I had a bug or something.  I work in a doctor's office (yep, 23 years in the medical field but I just don't know much about the new ADHD medications) so I just decided to take my blood pressure, thinking it may be up because of the Vyvanse.  It usually stayed a tad over 120/80 when I was taking Adderall.  Wow, it was 92/60!  No wonder I felt like I was going to pass out!  Maybe i wasn't eating enough.  During that 2 weeks I skipped dinner in the evenings but I ate a good breakfast and lunch plus fruit in between.  I tried that same day to call my doctor and basically was told, sorry, she's not here until Wednesday.....do you want me to leave her a note for then?  And I told her I might be dead by Wednesday (a little dramatic, I know).  She didn't offer anything such as maybe a doctor that was on call for my doctor or go to the ER or whatever.  She just told me she hoped I felt better!  So, knowing a person isn't supposed to stop this stuff all at once I dropped back down to 30mgs/day and have been on that since.  I'm afraid to stop it all together.  My BP is back up closer to normal (117/70 today) but I seriously crash right after lunch.  Sooooooo, my next appointment isn't until Aug 30th!!  Not sure what to do until then......guess I need to try the doctor's office again and hope that same idiot doesn't answer the phone.

I've only been on this medication for 2 days and it's only 20 mg and I don't feel anything at all, I think I need a higher dose because I'm no more focused just headachey. I took it at 9:30 and was hyper focused for my 10:15 advertising class which I enjoy and by my 11:20 philosophy class (which is the one i cannot pay attention in) I found myself just as unfocused as usual sort of taking notes bouncing back to texting and playing games on my phone. I don't understand why I'm super focused for about two hours then it starts to wear off.

Adderall gave me that instant "I can finally think clearly" feeling and lasted for hours, but with the shortage the doctor decided to go with Vyvanse because I could get it more quickly. I almost feel more cloudy and spacy than usual.. I have noticed my mood is a lot better though i'm a lot happier all day but if something goes wrong I get irritated very quickly. I have had decreased appetite but no dry mouth. The worst side effect I've experienced is right around 4 oclock in the afternoon I got the most horrible headache and nothing would get rid of it, but i hear that can be attributed to not drinking enough water or eating enough.

And in response to Kara I have experienced the cold hands too!! I was sitting at my desk work yesterday and I kept asking if anyone else was cold or why my hands were so cold! I finally decided it was because it was cold and i had to have my hand on the mouse and typing. I get cold sweats on this medication too. I'm glad to know it must be a side effect of the medicine and not just me freezing all the time. I'm hoping to increase my dosage this week to 50 mg and see how that does.


Kara said:

I tried Vyvanse in April, looking for something with longer and smoother effectiveness than my current meds. The Dr. gave me 30 mg per day and said I could split the pill if it was too much by pouring some of the granules in water and drinking it. (She neglected to say how I would know if it was too much.)

My response: Vyvanse made me spacey and gave me very cold hands. In fact, about the 3rd day I was so cold that I spent the day layered with several sweaters, one of them a ski sweater. On about day 5, I had an appointment  with my therapist . That day I was very absent-minded and silly, as if I were a bit tipsy. The therapist convinced me not to quit cold-turkey, but to try splitting the pills, which I did for two days before quitting altogether. Meanwhile, i put a call in to my prescriber, and received a message from her that cold hands is not a documented reaction to Vyvanse. Maybe not, but it went away after I quit taking Vyvanse!

 

Since that experience, I have researched intensively and listened to many adhd meds webcasts. I have concluded that I should have been started on a very small dose, then increased slowly, since I am quite sensitive to meds. My dilemma now is whether to give it a second try. My meds provider seems rather clueless about adhd meds and I have not been able to locate someone who is more knowledgeable. The Concerta I am taking seems to ebb and flow during the day so that it is not effective during my most intense work hours. 

 

 

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