Lisdexamfetamine (By mouth)
Treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder.
CNS Stimulant (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children 6 years of age and older. This medicine is also used to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED). It belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.
Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate increases attention and decreases restlessness in children and adults who are overactive, cannot concentrate for very long, or are easily distracted and impulsive. This medicine is used as part of a total treatment program that also includes social, educational, and psychological treatment.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
It is best to take this medicine in the morning. It may be hard for you to sleep if you take it in the afternoon or evening.
Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, divide, or chew it.
If you cannot swallow the capsule, you may open the capsule and mix the powder into a glass of water, yogurt, or orange juice.Use all of the powder from inside the capsule. Mix the powder with water, yogurt, or orange juice. Use a spoon to break up any clumps of powder. Eat or drink all of this mixture right away. Do not save any for later. There may be a film coating the inside of the glass after you drink the medicine. This is normal and not a concern.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor within the past 14 days.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to lisdexamfetamine or to any product that contains amphetamine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, blood circulation problems, or a history of heart attack or stroke. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a history of depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, or mental illness, or if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Serious heart or blood vessel problems, such as heart attack or stroke Unusual changes in mood or behavior Slow growth in children Raynaud phenomenon (problem with the blood circulation in your fingers or toes)
This medicine may make you dizzy. Do not drive or do anything that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Extreme energy, mood or mental changes, confusion, agitation, unusual behavior
Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
Unexplained sores, coldness, numbness, or color changes on your fingers or toes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Feeling anxious, restless, irritable, or nervous
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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