Vyvanse is not the most well-known type of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications. It metabolizes more slowly than others and is not one that teens can snort or inject for a high. But you can still suffer addiction to this ADHD drug, then experiencing many side effects of Vyvanse.
If a teen you love suffers addiction to Vyvanse or other ADHD medication like Adderall, then a Vyvanse addiction treatment center in California can help your loved one reclaim their life in recovery. Never put off getting this treatment, as addiction never improves on its own.
What is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is a type of amphetamine, one swallowed in pill form. Its main ingredient is a harmless, inactive compound called lisdexamfetamine. It is in your body that lisdexamfetamine converts into a helpful chemical that relieves symptoms of ADHD. It also works well in treatment for binge eating disorder.
There is a high potential for Vyvanse abuse, and it is sold on the street under the names V-twin, steamo, zaded and Vicky. Chemically, the medication compares to crystal methamphetamine abuse. While most drugs in this class provide effects that last four to six hours, the side effects of Vyvanse last 12 to 14 hours.
The overall result of this particular ADHD medication is one of focus and energy. You do not get high on it, but teens still buy the drug on the streets to stay awake all night or cram for tests. According to the Monitoring the Future survey published in June 2017, 1.5 in 100 high school students abuse Vyvanse.
Side Effects of Vyvanse
General side effects of Vyvanse include rapid heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, and also headache. You also feel jittery, anxious, weak, and alert when you use too much of the drug. Seizures are a potentially dangerous side effect.
Many parents wonder if teens really abuse this particular drug since the drugmaker Shire claims it is impossible to do so. Unfortunately, this claim is false. The U.S. Department of Justice fined Shire $56.5 million in 2014 after a study indicated the drug is as easily abused as other amphetamines. According to the Department of Justice and that successful fine, Vyvanse has the potential for abuse, dependence, and addiction.
As an amphetamine, the drug changes the brain and its reward and pleasure systems. Its most deadly side effects are serious cardiac events and sudden death, according to the black box warning on its label. Withdrawal symptoms, fatigue, cravings, and depression also occur.
Teen Treatment for Vyvanse Addiction
Teen years are a time for trying many new things and learning about independent decision making. But these years also lead many to make bad decisions, such as drug abuse or drinking. If your teen falls into an addiction to any drug like Vyvanse, help is available in California. This help includes important therapies and programs, such as:
- Residential, PHP, IOP and OP rehab
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Mental health focus
- CBT and DBT behavioral therapies
- Equine therapy and rock therapy
- Yoga and mindfulness
- Individual and family therapy
Destinations for Teens in Woodland Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV treats teens, exclusively. At Destinations for Teens, your young person finds the support and security they need to fully grow from their substance abuse into a healthier life of recovery. Call Destinations for Teens now at [Direct] to learn more about available programs and get the help your loved one needs before side effects of Vyvanse limit their options.