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What is Vyvanse?
Vyvanse is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s FDA-approved to treat the following conditions:*
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children ages 6 years and older
- moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults
Is Vyvanse a stimulant?
Yes, Vyvanse is a stimulant medication. It contains the active drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, which is a type of drug calling an amphetamine.
Vyvanse is a controlled substance. It’s classified by the FDA as a Schedule II controlled drug.
This means it has a high potential for misuse. It also has a high risk of causing dependence (meaning your body needs the drug to function normally).
There are special rules around how Vyvanse is prescribed and dispensed. It’s important to keep it in a safe place to prevent misuse. And it’s illegal to give or sell Vyvanse to someone for whom it’s not prescribed.
Vyvanse comes in the following forms that are taken by mouth:
- chewable tablet, which is available in strengths of 10 milligrams (mg), 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, and 60 mg
- capsule, which is available in strengths of 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg, and 70 mg
Vyvanse is taken once per day.
Does Vyvanse Expire?
Yes, like most other available medications, Vyvanse expires, and it does have an expiration date.
The FDA requires drug manufacturers to publish expiration dates or “best before” dates. The expiry date usually means that the medication has been testing for potency up to that date. This also means that the drug manufacturer can’t assure the effectiveness or potency of the medications beyond this expiration date.
Of course, there are high probabilities of Vyvanse or pretty much any medication not actually being “expired” after the expiry date, unlike food.
In most cases, the pharmacists place a “beyond use” or “use by” date on the medication packaging. This date is usually one year after the prescription has been filled. For example, if you fill your Vyvanse prescription on June 1, 2020, then the pharmacy will place a “use by” date on the packaging that is June 1, 2021.
If one takes off the label placed on the package by the pharmacist, you may see the original expiration date published by the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s expiration date may be much later than the date suggested by the pharmacist.
Vyvanse and other medications may not work as effectively beyond their expiration dates. So, it’s always recommending that you dispose of Vyvanse after the expiration date either set by the pharmacists or the manufacturer, whichever seems to be right with a doctor’s advice.
Since Vyvanse is a controlling substance and it’s inactive in its original form and works when activated within the body, it’s always best to dispose of the medication after the expiration. It’s possible to return expired Vyvanse to the pharmacy and have it replaced or refilled.
Can Vyvanse Expire Before Its Expiry Date?
It may be a common occurrence to see medications including Vyvanse looking pale, disoriented, or discolored even before its expiration.
Here it’s important to mention that it may not be a problem of expiration but a problem of storage. Like any other medication, even Vyvanse will have to be storing in a place that meets the right storage conditions. If this is not meeting, then Vyvanse may start to lose its proper form and properties, which can be dangerous when consuming, even if it’s before the expiration.
Factors such as heat and moisture can particularly affect Vyvanse and make them unusable before the expiry date.
It might also be good to mention here that although many are easy-going in taking expired Vyvanse and says it should work at least 8 months after the expiry, it’s not the same with Vyvanse that has interacted with heat and moisture.
In some respects, taking expired Vyvanse could be way better than taking Vyvanse that has changed its appearance and physical outlook because of interactions. So, that tells us that Vyvanse can be unusable even before its expiration and might be potentially more harmful when consumed compared to expired Vyvanse.
However, many users of Vyvanse do ask the question of whether or not Vyvanse works the same beyond its expiration date, especially considering Vyvanse is a controlled and expensive drug. Doing so would save a lot of cost and inconvenience if it works the same beyond the expiration. So, let’s take a look at that next.
Side Effects Of Vyvanse
While Vyvanse is safe as long as it is taking as prescribed, there are some side effects.
Some of these side effects might include anxiety, dry mouth, decreased appetite, nausea, weight loss, and even vomiting.
Remember that consuming the medication after expiration will substantially increase your chance of experiencing these negative side effects!