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Ritalin vs. Vyvanse for ADHD

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Other Names: Concerta   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR   Methylin

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Other Names: Lisdexamfetamine
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Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a stimulant drug approved for Therapy of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for off-label use in treatment-resistant cases of le... Read more on Wikipedia
Lisdexamphetamine (L-lysine-D-amphetamine sold as Vyvanse) is a psychostimulant prodrug of the substituted phenethylamine and substituted amphetamine chemical classes. Its molecular structure consists of dextroamphetamine coupled with the es... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Jescica
August 18, 2014
Jescica wrote
Vyvanse
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By Chrsitian
August 17, 2014
Chrsitian wrote
Weight gain from Steroids (dexadron) Trying to lose weight with Lasix and Ritalin
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By NiktElle
May 23, 2014
NiktElle wrote
Vyvance
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By CelB
May 16, 2014
CelB wrote
Nicotine Patch and Giant Redbull - Could this induce a heart attack?
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By Using/abusing 3+ years with increasing
May 5, 2014
Using/abusing 3+ years with increasing wrote
Unknown number if pill taken, feel many things
My doc tried to switch from adderall to vyvanse/ritalin combo. I take 70mg a day vyvanse and 10mg Ritalin right before I feel crash coming on. When she found out I was sleeping until 1pm and missing work, as well as dry mouth and dry skin, we are going RIGHT back to 60mg Adderall (20mg/3x a day) and 10mg IR (if needed). Probably won't need the 10mg IR, but it is good to have in case of emergency.

With Vyvanse, I also feel very nervous going out in public and my husband doesn't like my hyper fo
RyRy  |  July 25, 2014
This made my daughter OK at first but in the long run she came up with psychosis and she ended up at a mental health hospital don't take it
Tammy  |  May 26, 2014
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By LostandFound
February 28, 2014
LostandFound wrote
Vyvnase Destoyed my Life -But I'm Coming Back Now
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they cut off my comment :( JUST TO SUM IT UP!!! DONT TAKE ANY DRUG LIKE VYVANSE OR ADDERALL!!!! DO YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BODY A FAVOR!!! IN THE END YOU WONT REGRET NOT TAKING IT!!! YOU WILL ONLY REGRET TAKING IT IN THE LONG RUN!!!
JAMES  |  July 16, 2014
One more thing after reading the actual post! Only you and your brain will share a deep connection. You dont need to take drugs for the minor side effect that differs from person to person, you dont need anti-psychotic drugs to help what the vyvanse did to you. Where you went wrong was taking adderall or vyvanse prescribed in the first place. From experience i would take a 40mg adderall for recreational use (because me being prescribed and up all the time didnt feel right/ I didnt agree with it
JAMES  |  July 16, 2014
The best thing to do is take your daughter off the drug, your only digging her a deeper hole when you keep feeding her it. This will eventually lead to a hardcore addiction and craving for it. Do your daughter a favor and please take her off the drug! A drug free healthy life is what she needs to succeed, whether you believe it or not. Please take my advice i use to be a meth addict and the coughing is causing damage to her stomach, heed my warning and your stress will be free! I love everybody
JAMES  |  July 16, 2014
I experienced psychosis that last for over a month due to taking Vyvanse for 4 days. It has taken quite a while to get it all corrected. I also had a lot of religious conspiracy type thoughts, with demons and prophecies and the end of the world being involved. I pray that you can regain what you have lost due to this horrible drug.
J.  |  July 7, 2014
I hope you're doing better now. You've gone through hell and it takes gutts and compassion to talk about what you went through. My 9 yr old daughter was put on vyvanse to help with her dyslexia. She had huge mood swings though she's not bipolar. I tried biphenten to see if she would do better. Her grades were slipping so i put her bac on vyvanse. After 2 weeks, her grades were up....but she wasn't able to sleep and constantly coughed at night. Not sure what to do:(
Thank you for sharing  |  May 11, 2014
I totally agree and symphathize. I loved vyvanse for weight loss and long, energy filled days. However, being bipolar schizoeffective, this only made mania HORRIBLE. Thanks for your story.
Shell  |  March 21, 2014
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By justme
February 27, 2014
justme wrote
Narcolepsy AND Migraines (on Ritalin)
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By April
December 13, 2013
April wrote
on vyvanse for MS
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By shawn
November 12, 2013
shawn wrote
adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
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By 4yrs and counting
November 11, 2013
4yrs and counting wrote
please help
Methylphenidate has a lot of consequential issues. The side effects cause more side effects.
It is registered as an over stimulant. So I will wake you up, set off severe depression by suppression some much needed brain chemicals, then stir it all up so you can't sleep, then disorganizes your thinking and concentration. Talk to the manufacturer, they can explain it better than I can. But I did, and now I understand why with some people it wakes them up but makes them want to kill themselves. Not
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
try Provigil
viki  |  February 28, 2014
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By brit
October 13, 2013
brit wrote
vyvanse 70mg and Terrible ACNE
The vyvanse made mine come back, however I found it was because I was unknowing touching my face again a lot throughout the day. Honestly that was the cure for me, prescript and no touch rule
Meh  |  June 24, 2014
At the same time I switched to vyvanse, I was moving from place to place and ran out of my Proactive.
With these new break outs, I thought it was because I didn't have my Proactive at my new address... Which has recently found its way to my new home! Woo HOO!
Since its arrival 2 weeks ago, I have been using it by the book, and its WORKING. The big ones that left marks on my face are fading, and the others are down to one and fading fast!
Try PROACTIVE! Its amazing.
(Proactive continue)  |  May 29, 2014

Wow. I have been getting pimples, the big ones you talk about, and never thought it was the Vyvanse till I read this post!
I have never broken out with Big ones like this, or in the areas that they are appearing.
In college I started using Proactive because my skin started to break out more. I have been using some of the products off and on with other skin care brands for anti aging since then for 10+ years, with excellent results. At the same time I switched to vyvanse, I was moving fro
PROACTIVE  |  May 29, 2014
That makes total sense why I've been breaking out so bad!! It's not like little pimples either they are huge and get infected!! I'm actual about to switch to Ritalin sr? My insurance won't pay for the high doses of vyvanse!! I don't feel like I'm taking anything when I take vyvanse even at 80 mg I can't get anything done and all I want to do is sleep!!
Megan  |  March 28, 2014
have you tried the pill doxycycline and teh cream retinA, they worked wonders for me.
Quinn  |  March 7, 2014
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By Mahya Tayyar
September 24, 2013
Mahya Tayyar wrote
Ritalin and Atarax
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What patients are saying about Ritalin vs. Vyvanse

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works the best for my pro social effects. I am switching...
...ritalin works the best for my pro social effects. ...also because vyvanse caus...
another drug that really helped them? Is Ritalin damage...
...I've been on Vyvanse for almost six months now and the side effects have gotten really ...and made a switch to Ritalin or maybe another drug that really helped them? Is Ritalin damage your liver...
- I did that before but it didn't do good or bad, then...
...Should I try ritalin - I did that before but it didn't do good or bad, then tried...
20mg - three times a day for years. It was not working...
...I've been on Ritalin 20mg - three times a day for years. It was not working so I asked ...new. I was given Vyvanse 30 mg. Once a day. The first day I thought it worked pretty well. Fr...
quite happy with Vyvanse. Ritalin made me so depressed and...
...ADHD and it's the only thing that keeps me functional! it lasts so long too, like the above user said, i hate re-dosing, i'm quite ha...
company wouldn't let me keep on the dose that worked...
...Ritalin derivatives because I metabolize them too fast. Stupid insurance company wouldn't let me keep on...
I've recently switched from Ritalin to Vyvanse, and...
...the medication, or do I really need to avoid acid/citrus things? I've recently switched from Ritalin to Vyvanse, and well, Vyvanse seems to be really controversial. It's working ok with me,...
doses. Ritalin didn't really do much for me. Vyvanse did...
Adderall worked well for me, but made me a bit too edgy at effective doses. Ritalin didn't really do much for me. Vyvanse did the trick, and continues to. I agree with Vet Hopeful....
tomorrow. Ritalin kept making me very itchy all over....
...anything. I went off ritalin yesterday, took nothing today and I am starting Vyvanse tomorrow. Ritalin kept making me very itchy all over. Combine that with my lack of focus at work and I...
a while he was on ritilan LA which worked until we had a...
...is on vyvanse,he tried ritilan and for a while he was on ritilan LA which worked until we had a death in the family and signs became more severe.So now he is on Vyvanse and things have been great...
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