June 6, 2024

Vyvanse Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, & Treatment

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Vyvanse withdrawal is a process that happens when someone stops taking this stimulant ADHD medication. The most common withdrawal symptoms from Vyvanse are feeling tired and sad. Other symptoms can include being irritable, not feeling motivated, having trouble focusing, and having body aches. These symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Read on to learn “how long does Vyvanse withdrawal last?”, and how to detox safely and comfortably.

Vyvanse Withdrawal Symptoms

Vyvanse is a prescription drug used to treat ADHD. People can quickly develop tolerance to Vyvanse, meaning they need higher doses to get the same effect. Tolerance often leads to dependence, which means they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking Vyvanse suddenly. 

Symptoms of withdrawal from Vyvanse can range from moderate to severe, depending on how long and how often someone used the drug and if they are dependent on any other substances.

Common symptoms of withdrawal from Vyvanse include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Depression
  • Trouble focusing
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Sweating

These symptoms are usually mild and don’t require medical attention. They can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Other withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Shaking
  • Strange dreams
  • Body aches

Serious symptoms of Vyvanse withdrawal include:

  • Severe depression
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

These serious symptoms are rare but may need immediate medical help. The risk of severe symptoms increases if you stop taking Vyvanse suddenly, take a high dose, or have been taking it for a long time.

Other health problems and dehydration can also make symptoms worse. Vyvanse is eliminated in the urine, so stay hydrated. If you experience serious symptoms, seek medical help right away.

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Vyvanse Withdrawal Timeline

Stopping Vyvanse, especially after using it for a long time or in large amounts, can cause withdrawal symptoms. Here’s what to expect:

Days 1 to 3

  • Feel very tired
  • Feel sad or depressed
  • Increased appetite
  • Lack of focus and energy

Days 4 to 7

  • Mood problems may get worse
  • Sleep issues – sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Body aches

Weeks 2 to 4

  • The worst symptoms usually get better
  • Mood changes, cravings, and sleep problems may still be there

Work with a doctor or addiction specialist when stopping Vyvanse to stay safe and manage symptoms properly.

Vyvanse Withdrawal Treatment

If you are stopping Vyvanse, get the right help. Here are some ways to treat Vyvanse withdrawal:

Work with a doctor

  • Your doctor can help you slowly reduce the dose to make withdrawal easier.
  • They can also watch for serious symptoms and give you the right treatments.

Therapy and counseling

  • Talking to a therapist or counselor can help with mood swings and cravings.
  • Therapy can also help you learn ways to stay off Vyvanse.

Support groups

  • Joining a support group can help you meet others going through the same thing.
  • Sharing experiences and tips can make it easier to cope.

Healthy habits

  • Eating healthy foods and exercising can help your body recover.
  • Stay hydrated because Vyvanse leaves your body through urine.
  • Doing fun activities and hobbies can take your mind off cravings.
  • Managing stress with things like yoga or meditation can also help.

Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Getting help from professionals, friends, and family can make a big difference.

Vyvanse Withdrawal FAQs

Is it safe to quit Vyvanse cold turkey?

Quitting Vyvanse cold turkey is not safe and can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. It is better to taper off the medication under a doctor’s guidance.

When should I seek medical help during Vyvanse withdrawal?

Seek medical help if you experience severe symptoms like extreme fatigue, depression, or anxiety. Also, contact a doctor if you have trouble managing withdrawal symptoms on your own.

Can Vyvanse withdrawal be prevented?

Vyvanse withdrawal can be managed by gradually reducing the dose under a doctor’s supervision. This helps your body adjust and reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

What is the most common Vyvanse withdrawal effect?

The most common Vyvanse withdrawal effects include fatigue, depression, and irritability. These happen because your body is getting used to not having the medication.

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Do you need help with prescription drug addiction? If so, reach out to Gratitude Lodge. We have beachside rehabs in California where you can start your recovery journey with expert help.

Supervised detox at Gratitude Lodge provides 24/7 care and medications to make the withdrawal process safe and comfortable. After a week, you can move into one of our inpatient treatment programs.

All addictions are different, and all Gratitude Lodge treatment programs are personalized. Therapies include:

Call our recovery experts today for help tackling Vyvanse addiction by calling 800-994-2184.

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