Vyvanse, also known as lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, is a stimulant often prescribed to individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It typically works through its interaction with the central nervous system.

However, Vyvanse can interact negatively when alcohol in the body. Stimulants and alcohol can eventually result in complications that require emergency medical care.

Understanding Vyvanse

Once Vyvanse is in the body, it works by altering the way that neurotransmitters work in the central nervous system. Neurotransmitters play a critical role in brain function, as well as mood and activity level. Individuals who have ADHD may benefit from Vyvanse, as it stimulates efficient nerve signals and relieves symptoms.

Vyvanse with Alcohol Consumption

Vyvanse is known to overshadow the effects of alcohol. As a stimulant, it may trump any feelings of relaxation associated with alcohol consumption. When an individual feels less of an effect from alcohol, he or she may be persuaded to drink more than usual. In turn, this can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Worsened Side Effects

Side effects typically experienced with Vyvanse may be heightened in the event that alcohol is consumed. Mixing a stimulant with alcohol can result in extreme mood and behavior changes.

Some of the most common side effects associated with Vyvanse include poor circulation, psychosis, poor appetite, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms may become worse in the event that the drug is mixed with alcohol in the body.

Cardiovascular Effects

Vyvanse is known to heighten the risk of cardiovascular incidents when it is combined with alcohol. The drug can raise blood pressure and increase heartrate. Furthermore, it may put a greater strain on the cardiovascular system as a whole. For individuals with preexisting heart conditions, this may be of particular concern.

Some of the more serious side effects associated with the drug include blood vessel problems, alcohol poisoning, heart rate changes and hypertension. Dizziness, chest pain, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath may require medical attention.

To ensure that patients safely take Vyvanse, medical professionals must explain the risks involved with the medication, especially in combination with alcohol.

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Brian Wu graduated with a Bachelor's Science Degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Currently, he holds a Ph.D. and is an MD Candidate (KSOM, USC) in integrative biology and disease.