Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is taken, it may become habit-forming. If you or your child feel that the medicine is not working properly after you have taken it for several weeks, check with your doctor first and do not increase the dose.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.

Take this medicine with or without food.

It is best to take this medicine in the morning. Taking this medicine in the afternoon or evening could make it harder for you to fall asleep.

The capsule should be swallowed whole, and not crushed, divided, or chewed. If you or your child are not able to swallow the capsule whole, carefully open the capsule and pour the medicine into a glass of water, yogurt, or orange juice. Stir this mixture well and swallow it right away. The drug mixture can not be stored for future use.

Chewable tablets must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.

You may substitute Vyvanse® capsules with Vyvanse® chewable tablets with the same dosage strength. Do not take anything less than 1 capsule or chewable tablet per day.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (capsules and chewable tablets):
    • For attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—At first, 30 milligrams (mg) once a day in the morning. If needed, your doctor may slowly increase the dose until symptoms improve or a maximum dose of 70 mg per day is reached.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor. .
    • For moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED):
      • Adults—At first, 30 milligrams (mg) once a day in the morning. If needed, your doctor may slowly increase the dose until symptoms improve or a maximum dose of 70 mg per day is reached.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor. .

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Do not throw away any remaining, unused, or expired medicine in the trash as it may cause harm to other people or animals. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about a medicine take-back program in your community.

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