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My 21 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADD and has

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My 21 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADD and has been given 70mg of vyvanse. I have reason to believe that he consumes alcohol from time to time. Is this safe? What are the risks? What about the consumption of energy drinks while taking this med? Thank you for your time concerning this matter. I appreciate it very much!

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Vyvanse is in the amphetamine family of medications. That means that alcohol should not be consumed when taking the medication. The reason is because of the tendency of this combination to raise the heart rate and the cardiovascular system has to work harder. Whether this is dangerous to any particular individual at any particular point in time cannot be predicted. Therefore, the conclusion from the research evidence is to avoid using alcohol if taking an amphetamine family medication like Vyvanse.

As for energy drinks, I have not heard of any specific warning against this. However, there are some studies that show that Vyvanse is not absorbed as well when Vitamin C is taken simultaneously. So the best practice might be to avoid using the drinks at the time he takes the medication.

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