Structural Biochemistry/Vyvanse

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Introduction[edit]

Lisdexamfetamine

Vyvanse is a nervous controlled medication used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who show symptoms of loss of memory or having difficulty focusing. Its structure consists of dextroamphetamine with an amino acid L-lysine. ADHD is caused by some of the natural substances in the brain, and Vyvanse can help to manipulate the amount of these substances to work properly. Vyvanse also helps patients dealing with particular symtoms of ADHD; it can increasing their attention and decrease the impulsiveness.

History and Usage[edit]

Vyvanse was developed by New River Pharmaceuticals and has been on the market since 2008. Vyvanse can be taken directly by mouth and usually in the morning because it can cause difficulty in sleeping if you take it in late afternoon or at night. It is suggested that Vyvanse should not be taken more than what it is prescribed because it can cause some severe side effects. A doctor will probably prescribe a patient with a low dose to see how their body can adapt to the medication. Oftentimes, the physician will adjust the dosage during a patient's treament. Besides taking Vyvanse as a part of a complete treatment, patients with ADHD should follow up with other therapies.

Side Effects[edit]

Because Vyvanse can lead to dependence or addiction, it should be used properly. Just as other drugs, Vyvanse does have some common side effects:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Stomach pain
  • Flu, fever, sweating
  • Headache, dizziness, diarrhea.

But for some people, this drug can have some serious side effects:

  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Worsening of sudden

A doctor should be contacted if these side effects occur.

References[edit]

http://www.drugs.com/pro/vyvanse.html

http://www.vyvanse.com/