ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Vyvanse and Caleb

Updated on November 8, 2014

Disclaimer

**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am, however, the parent of children who have been diagnosed with a variety of disorders ranging from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to Autism). Any information given in this blog, or in any of my other blogs, is strictly informational in nature; therefore, should not be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a healthcare practitioner.**

Caleb and Jackson

This was our field trip to a place called Sequoyah's Cabin.  Caleb has shown a great interest in his Cherokee nation studies/Oklahoma history.
This was our field trip to a place called Sequoyah's Cabin. Caleb has shown a great interest in his Cherokee nation studies/Oklahoma history.

My Son, Caleb

My son, Caleb, has recently been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). He is a wonderful young man, full of youth and vitality. His love of hunting, and all tings hunting, knows no bounds.

Being in high school, as he is, there are so many distractions that face him on a daily basis, from looking for gainful employment (to have his own money) to learning how to drive (he has a Learner's Permit) to keeping up with his studies. And then you have to add into the mix all the emotions, hormones, thoughts and feelings that come with being a teenager.

For twelve years, Caleb did not live with me in my home, he lived with his father. This year he has come to live with me and it's has been so awesome to be a hands on mom for him. We are no different from any other mother and son, though, we have lots of ups and lots of downs.

One of my favorite things to do is (and I promised this isn't goofy stalking behavior) is to watch Caleb sleep. He has long eyelashes and has his eyes move about while he's sleeping, his eyelashes just lie closed in an almost angelic way. His whole demeanor changes when he's asleep. He portrays peace and innocence in his sleeping mode; which completely contradicts his waking mode. When he's awake, he can be all over the place, checking this or checking that, counting this or counting that, making sure all appointments are wrote down and kept up with.

The medication his doctor put him on for his ADHD is Vyvanse. I think I like this new medication because it works only during the day, during his schooling hours. He's only been on it for a few days and I can already tell a difference in how he maintains his concentration and focus, whereas before he sped through all his assignments without really knowing what he was doing.

Vyvanse

20 mg
20 mg

Vyvanse

Vyvanse is a psychostimulant prodrug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes. It is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD; but, can also be used for Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Narcolepsy and Bing Eating Disorder (among others).

Vyvanse can improve brain development and nerve growth, and its therapeutic levels can help improve working memory and improve a motivation to perform and complete a given task. It has a tendency to increase wakefulness and alertness, and even promotes goal-oriented behavior.

********************

  • A psychostimulant induces temporary improvements in mental or physical functions or both. These improvements include enhanced alertness, wakefulness and locomotion (among others).
  • Prodrugs are those drugs administered in a less than fully active form; but, then they convert to an active form through a normal metabolic process. Such is the case with Vyvanse. Vyvanse works for only about eight hours (give or take) with full effectiveness. The working theory is that a child will need something to help him maintain focus during the waking school hours.
  • The chemical known as phenethylamine functions as a neuromodulator in the CNS (Central Nervous System.
  • Amphetamines generally have a phenethylamine core.
  • A neuromodulation is the physiological process by which a given neuron uses one or more neurotransmitters to regulate the diversity of neuron populations.
  • Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit signals across the synapse from one neuron to another targeted neuron.

Side Effects (Common & Serious)

Some common side effects (those that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • dry mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • irritability

Some serious side effects (those that require immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • confusion
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)