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Lisdexamfetamine (lis dex am FET a meen)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Vyvanse

Brand Names: Canada

Vyvanse

Warning

  • This drug may be habit-forming; avoid long-term use. Give this drug to your child as you were told by the doctor. Tell the doctor if your child has ever abused drugs or alcohol. Misuse of this drug may cause unsafe heart-related side effects or even sudden death. Tell the doctor if your child has any heart disease.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child or a family member has any of these health problems: Blood vessel disease; glaucoma; high blood pressure; nervous, anxious, or tense state; overactive thyroid disease; structure problems of the heart or other heart problems; or Tourette’s syndrome or tics.
  • If your child has ever had any of these health problems: Drug abuse or stroke.
  • If your child has taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for certain other health problems in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure. Talk with your child’s doctor.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
  • If your child has been taking this drug for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and your child may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call the doctor if this drug stops working well. Do not give more than ordered.
  • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • If your child has been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your child’s doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
  • Your child may have some heart tests before starting this drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • This drug may cause high blood pressure.
  • Have your child’s blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.
  • Talk with the health care provider before giving OTC products that may increase blood pressure. These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and certain natural products or supplements.
  • This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad headache.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Restlessness.
  • Shakiness.
  • Change in color of hands or feet from pale to blue or red.
  • Numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet.
  • Any sores or wounds on the fingers or toes.
  • Sudden deaths have happened with this drug in people with heart problems or heart defects. Stroke and heart attack have also happened in adults taking this drug. Call the doctor right away if your child has a change in strength on 1 side that is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • New or worse behavior and mood changes like change in thinking, anger, and hallucinations have happened with this drug. Tell the doctor if your child or a family member has any mental or mood problems like low mood (depression) or bipolar illness, or if a family member has killed themselves. Call the doctor right away if your child has hallucinations; change in the way your child acts; or signs of mood changes like low mood (depression), thoughts of killing him/herself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Change in sex ability.
  • Lowered interest in sex.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Not hungry.
  • Weight loss.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Anxiety.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Dry mouth.
  • Dizziness.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give early in the day to help prevent sleep problems.
  • Give this drug with or without food.
  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
  • You may mix contents of capsule with yogurt, water, or orange juice. If needed, a spoon may be used to break apart powder that is stuck together. Mix well.
  • If mixed, swallow the mixed drug right away. Do not store for use at a later time.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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