Vyvanse VS Adderall
For Treatment of ADD or Recreational Use
Keep in mind this is merely my subjective experience along with others I’ve questioned who’ve used both substances extensively. Everyone reacts differently to drugs; there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to drug education. You should also be aware that amphetamines have a high potential for abuse which can lead to drug dependence. Amphetamines do damage the reward pathways in the brain, and inorganic reversal of ADD can cause symptoms of ADD to exacerbate for a prolonged period.
The active ingredients in Adderall are as follows:
- Dextroamphetamine Saccharate – 25%
- Amphetamine Aspartate Monohydrate – 25%
- Dextroamphetamine Sulfate USP – 25%
- Amphetamine Sulfate USP – 25%
The active ingredient in Vyvanse is pure Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate which is converted to dextroamphetamine by the human metabolism. For people who genuinely have dysfunctional ADD and have ruled out the possibility of misdiagnosis, Vyvanse is a cleaner alternative. The other amphetamine salts found in Adderall cause more side effects which can include the following:
- Nervousness or generalized anxiety
- Restlessness and insomnia
- Easily irritated and aggression
- dizziness and headaches
- Tremors or symptoms of motor tic disorder
- Lack of motivation and physical weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of interest in sex and impotence
- Increased blood pressure, heart rate, and heart palpitations
While Vyvanse still has similar symptoms from coming off of the substance, they aren’t nearly as exaggerated as they were with Adderall in my experience.
For recreational usage, neither of these drugs should be considered, they are both very dangerous and have strong potential to cause more problems than self-medicating will solve. However, Vyvanse vs Adderall in a recreational sense, Vyvanse is more addictive because you avoid all of the negative symptoms of a comedown. It’s like drinking alcohol with a lighter hangover, your more likely to drink more often or even become an alcoholic.
Philip Markoff (Associate of Science) is an online influencer and thought leader on addiction education; he is known as his alias “CG Kid” who’s obtained a large audience primarily on YouTube as a vlogger and journalist. His current sobriety date from polysubstance chemical dependency is June 9th, 2013.