lisdexamfetamine (generic name)

It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
(lis DEX am fet a meen)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. This prescription requires that you follow special procedures with your doctor and pharmacy. You will need to have a new written prescription from your doctor every time you need a refill.

This medicine may affect your concentration, or hide signs of tiredness. Until you know how this medicine affects you, do not drive, ride a bicycle, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness.

Tell your doctor or health care professional if this medicine loses its effects, or if you feel you need to take more than the prescribed amount. Do not change your dose without talking to your doctor or health care professional.

Decreased appetite is a common side effect when starting this medicine. Eating small, frequent meals or snacks can help. Talk to your doctor if you continue to have poor eating habits. Height and weight growth of a child taking this medicine will be monitored closely.

This medicine can keep you from getting to sleep. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine and try to stick to a regular bedtime every night.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • anxiety, or severe nervousness
  • changes in mood or behavior
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • fever, or hot, dry skin
  • hallucinations
  • high blood pressure
  • muscle twitching
  • uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizzy, lightheaded
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nervous, restless
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • trouble sleeping
  • weight loss

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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