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I am taking 50mg vyvanse for anxiety/adult adhd. 5 mg abilify (aripiprazole) was added to control panic attacks. How do they work together /possible side effects?

I am taking 50mg vyvanse for anxiety/adult adhd. 5 mg abilify (aripiprazole) was added to control panic attacks. How do they work together /possible side effects?

Can Be OK Together: There are no real concerns about using these two medicines together. However, Abilify (aripiprazole) can sometimes cause drowsiness, which could affect your focus/concentration. Also, keep in mind that Vyvanse can sometimes cause increased anxiety. If you are needing additional treatment for anxiety/panic, you would want to talk with your provider about whether Vyvanse is adding to the anxiety.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Could my anxiety affect the efficacy of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)?

Could my anxiety affect the efficacy of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)?

Yes: Yes - anxiety may increase the symptoms of attention disorders speak to your prescribing doctor about both you anxiety and your attentional problem.

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I started taking my Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for the first time in a really long time today and its giving me really bad anxiety. How long should this side effect last?

I started taking my Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for the first time in a really long time today and its giving me really bad anxiety. How long should this side effect last?

Unclear: This particular drug is an amphetamine. You may be using for ADD. If you started on the same dose you were last on, you may be taking too much to start with. You need to work up to the right dose. You should stop the drug for now and see your doctor for advice to see how you should take it.

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What can I do to deal with side effects of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) like getting irritated feeling angry and anxiety? Also is there any way to make Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) last longer

What can I do to deal with side effects of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) like getting irritated feeling angry and anxiety? Also is there any way to make Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) last longer

Review symptoms (Sx): Did you get irritated/angry/anxious before vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)? If so, may be part of adhd or separate condition. Do sx occur shortly after starting v or when wearing off? Sx may be peak or w/drawal effect. Provide info to prescriber to determine best action: lower dose, add afternoon dose, add another medication, switch to other option for adhd. Learn anger/anxiety mx skills. Best regards for relief soon.

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I have a lot of trouble concentrating due to social anxiety, would Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) work?

I have a lot of trouble concentrating due to social anxiety, would Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) work?

Vyvance is a new: Medication for attention deficit disorder not social anxiety. Ask your psychiatrist., however, it does not seem to be the medication of choice.

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I've been taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADD for 10 years now. Only 20mg. I notice it makes my anxiety worse. Is there an anti anxiety I can take with it?

I've been taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADD for 10 years now. Only 20mg. I notice it makes my anxiety worse. Is there an anti anxiety I can take with it?

Consider clonidine: If you want to stay on the Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) Clonidine @ night helps anxiety the next day and has its own indication for ADD. So you have dueling side effects and added theraputic value!

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I am on fluoxetine, clanazopan and vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). These new meds aren't working and I can't control my anxiety Any other meds to for me to suggest to my dr?

Psychiatrists know: That patients with valid diagnoses of ADHD & comorbid anxiety disorders need long-term, consistent Cognitive-Behavioral & other therapies by a psychologist & ADA accommodations at work or school. They also know stimulants increase anxiety, fluoxetine ^es effects & side effects of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) & risk of Serotonin Syndrome, Clonazepam ^es side effects of fluoxetine, & non-stimulant options exist.

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Are there any ADHD meds that don't cause anxiety? I have suffered from terrible anxiety all my life, adderral/vyvanse just make it a lot worse

Are there any ADHD meds that don't cause anxiety? I have suffered from terrible anxiety all my life, adderral/vyvanse just make it a lot worse

ADHD medication: If someone I'm seeing is having trouble with the stimulant based medications, I send them back to try different meds. MDs have prescribed medications like Intuniv, which is a derivation of a blood pressure medication. Also, Wellbutrin (bupropion) has also helped with ADHD symptoms. Speak to your MD about possibilities that would work for you.

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I've been taking vyvanse for ADD for 10 years now. Only 20mg. It gives me bad anxiety. Would Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be better? It isn't a stimulant.

I've been taking vyvanse for ADD for 10 years now. Only 20mg. It gives me bad anxiety. Would Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) be better? It isn't a stimulant.

Possibly better: Hi Jen! Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) IS a stimulant { long acting methylphenidate} but it might be better anyway. Everyone's response to medications is as unique as their fingerprints. Some people tolerate one stimulant group better than another. People even respond differently within the group, tolerating adderall as oppsed to Vyvanse. Non stimulants include clonidine and guanfacine.

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I am no better after seeing two psychiatrists, my anxiety is very bad still, and I'm lucky to get 2 hours sleep a night, without vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Pls help?

I am no better after seeing two psychiatrists, my anxiety is very bad still, and I'm lucky to get 2 hours sleep a night, without vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Pls help?

Regular treatment: Have you tried seeing a therapist regularly? Sometimes psychiatrists are time limited and can't provide regular sessions. Ask your psychiatrist for psychotherapy or a referral. There are lots of good therapists out there that are well trained in helping with anxiety. You can also look into yoga and meditation. Good luck and best wishes.

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I'm taking 150 mg of buproprion XL and* vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 50 mg (orange and white). After 2 weeks I'm now experiencing small anxiety episodes, would 5-htp help?

I'm taking 150 mg of buproprion XL and* vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 50 mg (orange and white). After 2 weeks I'm now experiencing small anxiety episodes, would 5-htp help?

Try Non-drug Tx: Already your meds are risky in combination - 5-THP will not increase that risk but it is not esp known for mild anxiety. I urge you to find non-drug strategies. CBT psychotherapy, meditation, yoga - even a gym trainer may help. You can learn self-help techniques that will last a lifetime in CBT. Best!

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My Nephew Started Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 30Mg. He is having anxiety. He was giving atarax 25 mg for it. Can he take both together. He is 10 yr old. 128lbs. 4'11 tall?

My Nephew Started Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 30Mg. He is having anxiety. He was giving atarax 25 mg for it. Can he take both together. He is 10 yr old. 128lbs. 4'11 tall?

Side effects: Anxiety is a common side effect of all of the stimulant class for ADHD. There are several alternatives. Is the atarax (hydroxyzine) to induce "sleepiness" in hopes of reducing anxiety? Trying a different stimulant is an option. Non stimulant drugs are another option. Yes, the two drugs you mention may be taken together. Don't forget to maximize behavior modification strategies also!

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I took adderallxr for two yearsand it helped me immensely. Butnow I have an adverse reaction. Anxiety and insomnia. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) doesthe samething. Why now?

Interactions?: The question is: are you taking other medications since then? They might me interacting. It is also possible that you are very stressed or have developed an anxiety disorder since then and should be evaluated for that. Have you increased your caffeine intake recently? Those could all be potential factors as to why you are responding differently now.

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Is it safe for me to be taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), (lisdexamfetamine)Xanax, And Blood Pressure meds all at once? I only have anxiety and HBP when taking the Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). 2nd opinion?

Is it safe for me to be taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), (lisdexamfetamine)Xanax, And Blood Pressure meds all at once? I only have anxiety and HBP when taking the Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). 2nd opinion?

It depends: Since I don't know your history, it's difficult to say if your medication regimen is appropriate. This shouldn't be considered a second opinion. Personally, I don't prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) because I am able to lower patient's anxiety with alternative treatments. At a minimum, I hope you're discussing your concetns with your physician. Since Vyvanse causes high blood pressure, I have concerns. Good luck..

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What's better for binge eating most likely cause by anxiety. Prozac or vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)?

Wrong question: Medication may not be the answer. Anxiety can be helped by meds but first try a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety. Some people find Overeaters Anonymous helpful for binge eating. Finding things you can do to deal with the way you feel may be more effective than just looking for the right medication. I'm not saying that meds won't help but meds alone are often not a total solution.

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Why does adderall work better than vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some people. Is propanolol appropiate for anxiety? How does nuvigil work? Can trazadone be used for sle

Why does adderall work better than vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some people. Is propanolol appropiate for anxiety? How does nuvigil work? Can trazadone be used for sle

Many answers: 1. No one knows why adderal works better than Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some patients. 2. Yes, propanol is appropriate for stage fright or performance anxiety, test anxiety etc. Any anxiety that is caused by a panic response. 3. The mechanism of action of Nuvigil is not known, it promotes wakefulness. 4. Yes, trazodone can be used for sleep in specific circumstances and after consultation with a physician.

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I'm taking wellbutrin/pristiq/klonopin for depression/anxiety and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD. Is that ok with all 4 meds? I feel great!

I'm taking wellbutrin/pristiq/klonopin for depression/anxiety and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for ADHD. Is that ok with all 4 meds? I feel great!

Multiple medication: Welbutrin is medication for treatment of depression. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is medication for treatment of depression and anxiety. Klonopin is medication for treatment of anxiety Vyvance is a medication for treatment of ADHD. Its side effect include symptoms of anxiety and depression. Welbutrin, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Klonopin also have side effects. Please see a Psychiatrist for definitive diagnosis and side effect

Dr. Alan Ali
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