How Long Does Vyvanse Last?

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Vyvanse

Are you taking Vyvanse? If you have been prescribed this drug because you have ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, then you might be wondering how long the effects of the drug will last. Does it last longer than Adderall? Will it be better to switch to Adderall instead? How long does it take for Vyvanse to take effect? There are just some of the questions we will answer in this article.

Vyvanse is a prescription-only medication. It is a brand name for the amphetamine-based generic drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. Vyvanse is not the only drug that contains lisdexamfetamine as there are other brand name drugs that have this substance including Tyvense, Elvanse, Samexid, and Venvanse.

As mentioned already, Vyvanse is a medication that is used to treat ADHD. It is also prescribed to people who may be suffering from binge eating disorders. The drug is a stimulant and it works by affecting the balance of the chemicals in the brain responsible for pleasure and reward. A person who takes Vyvanse will experience improved focus and concentration. It is also said to decrease impulsive behavior. After taking Vyvanse, how long will you be able to experience the effect of the drug before it wears off?

How long before Vyvanse wears off?

A person taking Vyvanse can expect the drug to last for up to 14 hours. This is the maximum duration before the effects of the drug wear off, however, this will also depend on the individual’s metabolism. Just like with any other drug, the effects of a specific drug and how long before it leaves the body will vary depending on different physical factors.  Factors such as age, body weight, sex, and ethnicity could affect the time it takes for the body to eliminate a drug. The dose taken as well as the presence of other drugs in the body could also affect this duration.

Compared to Adderall, Vyvanse lasts longer. Vyvanse is only available in one formulation while there are two versions of Adderall: Adderall XR and Adderall IR. When you take Adderall IR or Immediate Release, the effects can last up to 4 hours. On the other hand, taking Adderall XR or Extended Release can provide effects for 10 to 12 hours.

Vyvanse also lasts longer compared to other common ADHD medications.

  • Concerta lasts for 10 to 12 hours
  • Dexedrine short acting tablets last for 4 to 6 hours while Dexedrine Extended Release capsules can last for 8 to 10 hours
  • Quillivant Extended release last for up to 12 hours
  • Ritalin Immediate Release lasts for 3 hours while Ritalin SR (Extended Release) lasts for up to 8 hours.
  • The Daytrana patch can be worn for 9 hours and can stay effective for up to 3 hours more after it has been removed.

While the effects of Vyvanse may last longer, some ADHD patients may prefer Adderall because it has a faster absorption rate. This means that after you take Adderall, you can experience the effects in just half an hour. You may be able to get that increased energy and focus immediately.

This could be beneficial if you need immediate relief from ADHD symptoms. Vyvanse takes much longer to take effect. You have to take Vyvanse orally and the effects will only be felt after one to two hours. One benefit, however, is that taking Vyvanse is said to provide a much smoother experience because there is no jolt to the system.

Can you make Vyvanse last longer?

VyvanseYou may be wondering if it is possible to make Vyvanse last longer than 14 hours. While there may be some accounts and stories from people saying that it is possible, there is no concrete evidence that this is possible.

It is very important that you should only take Vyvanse as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more than the prescribed dose. You might be thinking that taking more Vyvanse than prescribed could increase the effects, however, this can be very dangerous.

Vyvanse is a Schedule II drug which means it has a high potential for abuse. If you take higher doses of Vyvanse, your tolerance for the drug could increase. Having an increased tolerance means you need to constantly increase your dose to get the same effect. When this happens, the risk of overdose is very high. You could also become addicted to Vyvanse. Other dangerous side effects that could happen after taking too much Vyvanse include stroke, heart attack, respiratory issues, and even sudden death.

If you are struggling with Vyvanse addiction, help is available.

Contact Anaheim Lighthouse today.

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