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What is the latest thinking on the risks and benefits of taking

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What is the latest thinking on the risks and benefits of taking Vyvanse for adult ADHD? I am positive for HSV 1 & 2, have achey joints and am perimenopausual. Are there any natural alternatives?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.
*This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice in a Q&A format. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area. Please note that anything said here is not private or confidential, as this is a public forum. Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. Vyvanse's most common side effects would be anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, decreased appetite, irritability, increased heart rate/blood pressure, and feeling restless/jittery. Also Vyvanse is an addictive medication so you cannot stop the medication cold turkey if you take it consistently for at least a few weeks; you will need to taper off the medication slowly to avoid any potential withdrawal symptoms. Still this is considered a very safe medication to take at standard dosing levels and if you have any of the side effects than the dose can be decreased to limit such side effects. This medication will not affect your HSV or joint pain at all. Unfortunately at this time there are no natural supplements for treating ADHD and so far only medication has been shown to be successful in treating this disorder. If you are concerned about taking a psychostimulant, you can ask for a non-stimulant medication like Strattera.