I love, love, love Vyvanse. It was the first ADHD med I tried, and the only one that works great for me.. It builds slowly in your system as the chemicals in it have to bind with protein for the med to work. (That is a very vague scientific explanation-sorry). But it gives me a very smooth small “high”-just enough to wake up easily in the morning, and makes it SO much easier for my brain to work. I took it for seven or eight years, and good God, I want and need it back in me!! After seven years with me, my psychiatrist retired, and I made the mistake of not setting myself up with a new dr. Such a mistake…I ended up having to use a low-income med clinic due to no insurance.
My nurse practitioner refused to keep giving me Vyvanse because I admitted I was drinking a couple of drinks a day. My mom was dying! I was her caregiver, and her sister, who I had been very close with, had died a few months before. But supposedly, if you drink regularly and take Vyvanse, you have a slight risk of seizures. She said she would put me back on Vyvanse the minute I went into a de-tox center, and came out successfully, and took a drug test. Boy was she lying.
At four months sober, and many AA meetings later, my nurse practitioner still refused to write me a script for Vyvanse, saying she’d “consider it”, if I maintained a longer sobriety period. Mentally, I told her where to go.
Now seven months sober, I’ve ended up with a different nurse practitioner in our county health department, who also will not write me a script for Vyvanse.
Her reasoning is not totally understandable, but is primarily because she has had a really hard time getting my medical records from my former psychiatrist. (He has now called me twice about this, and faxed them my records twice or maybe three times). It seems that the records may have finally been “found” by our admittedly overworked and understaffed health department. But the nurse practitioner DOES have confirmation that I was on Vyvanse for seven years because she received my med records from my former general practitioner, (who also is now retired). Was it not a “flag” for her that maybe one shouldn’t take a patient off a med suddenly when they have been on it successfully for eight years??
Apparently not! Now I’ve been struggling for two plus years without the medication that I KNOW works to keep me productive and happy. My boyfriend of eleven years, who I have lived with for about half that time, swears that my quality of life and my coping skills have gone steadily downhill since I started taking Vyvanse. Without him, I would be homeless-no exaggeration.
So, to sum things up, I’ve had a great experience with Vyvanse, and I’ve read mostly positives about it. Over the years, we did up my dosage to 70 mg. But then, I am extremely, severely ADHD.
Oh, and I was able to get it free from Shire at one point, by sending them a request and a little “proof” that I am in a basically “no income” bracket. So, if money is an issue, as it often is, there are ways around the otherwise crazy cost of $300 plus, without insurance.
Good Luck on your journey. If you can find a med that works well for you, all struggles are worth it.