Chasing the Vyvanse high is not recommended for a number of reasons, most notably the potential health risks.
As a doctor who treats ADHD, I frequently discuss with my clients the potential dangers of powerful stimulants such as Vyvanse. For example, the use of any stimulants comes with the risk of overdose, dependence, withdrawal, nasty side effects, and more.
All of these should be taken seriously by Vyvanse users, and some precautions are warranted, which I will highlight later in this guide.
But first, let's examine why some users abuse Vyvanse for purposes other than treating ADHD.
Stimulants can be abused for weight loss purposes, taken while drinking in order to "keep the party going", or taken by students in excessive doses in order to gain an academic edge. (Since Vyvanse helps students focus, students sometimes falsely believe that "If a little is good, more must be better.")
All of these justifications are risky and dangerous, however, and have nothing to do with treating ADHD.
Vyvanse is most frequently abused by either taking an excessive amount of capsules, or by opening the capsule and snorting the contents.
The Vyvanse high, in particular, is frequently described by Vyvanse users as a longer-lasting version of Adderall, but without the "ups and downs" of Adderall.
Not all Vyvanse users experience a high or euphoric reaction. Some of my clients, even those taking a low dosage, experienced unpleasant side effects.
It is important to remember that every individual is different, so it is important to inform your doctor of any side effects.
Vyvanse overdose symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, seizure, feinting, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, anxiety, restlessness, and tremors.
If you experience any severe reactions while taking Vyvanse, seek immediate medical attention then notify your prescribing doctor.
In addition, Vyvanse abuse can occur as users develop tolerance and take more and more of a drug in order to gain the same therapeutic effect.
Vyvanse is classified as a Schedule 2 controlled substance, meaning its use and availability is legally restricted due to real risks of abuse and dependence.
If you are taking Vyvanse for any reason other than treating ADHD, or taking excessive amounts of Vyvanse, cease right away.
Only take Vyvanse exactly as recommended by your doctor. Do not take medications that were not prescribed specifically for you.
Report to your doctor any history of high blood pressure, heart problems, or history of substance abuse. Do not take Vyvanse if you have recently taken a MAO inhibitor (within the past 14 days).