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Vyvanse and Caleb

Updated on November 8, 2014


**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.


20 mg
20 mg


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


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