A member asked:

Im on ritalin now but doesnt work well and doesnt last long. how should i ask to be switched to vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)? isnt vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) safer and less addictive too?

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Pacita David answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ritalin vs. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): There are a variety of stimulants available for treatment of ADHD. All of them have the potential for habituation. Recommend discussing the various options with your doctor to see what would be best for your particular situation and needs.

Answered 9/21/2017


Dr. Johanna Fricke answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral

Long-acting forms of: Methylphenidate (MPH) & Amphetamine (AMPH) have different delivery systems that determine onset of action, peak & duration, but there is much individual variation. If your dose of MPH is not optimal, discuss titration of a long-acting MPH with your psychiatrist. If side effects prevent reaching an optimal effect at 60 mg. or < total daily dose of MPH, then try a long-acting AMPH. See CHADD.org

Answered 11/21/2015



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