Difference Between Adderall and Vyvanse

Main Difference

There are many drugs which are out there in the market which has similar uses but in actual are very different from each other. For most of them, the difference lies in the chemical which is being used to produce the drugs and therefore the main way in which Adderall and Vyvanse are the primary salts which are being used for them. Lisdexamfetamine salt is the one which is used for Vyvanse while Amphetamine sulfate is the salt which is used in Adderall.

Comparison Chart

BasisAdderallVyvanse
LegalizedAllowed to be prescribed back in the year 1997.Allowed to be prescribed in the year 2007.
TreatmentEuphoria, change in sex desire, weakness and muscle breakdown.Recklessness, breakdowns, and other problems.
Main SaltAmphetamine salts – Dextroamphetamine and LevoamphetamineLisdexamfetamine salt.
PrescriptionCan be consumed in two or three doses after 4-6 hours.Can be consumed only once in 24 hours.
FormTablet and capsuleCapsule
Size10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 50 mg, 60 mg, 70 mg
Recommended1 million times (US)4 million times (US)

What is Adderall?

This is known as a combination drug which is frequently employed in the United States to cure several kinds of issues. This is basically a central nervous system stimulant that affects the brain and the parts which function within it such as nerves and helps in controlling the actions that result because of them. If we have to summarize the use of this type of drug against one disease, it will be the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is the salt name which is used for amphetamine salts and therefore is not considered as dangerous as some other drugs in the market. It cannot be taken on personal choice but is only prescribed by the doctor under a severe condition. It has a healthy dosage and has to be consumed for around 3 times daily which is relatively more than the other drugs, but that is because its effectivity lasts for about 4-6 hours. The dose can vary but also depends on the type of medicine being consumed. There are capsules available for Adderall which are 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg and will be consumed once the doctor confirms the symptoms. This medicine is useful for people who are suffering from many issues and is extremely helpful for matters such as euphoria, change in sex desire, weakness and muscle breakdown. The problems mentioned above are the ones who are medically approved, but there are also some related problems for which it is used as an off-label. These include depression, obesity, sleeplessness, and nausea. Its main drawback is that it is an addictive drug and therefore should be taken with care.

What is Vyvanse?

This is one of the new medicines in the market and was introduced as late as 2007 in the United States and has quickly become one of the most used drugs in the country because of its effectiveness. Currently, it is only allowed in the parent country along with Canada. This medicine can be consumed by people who are older than six years and is also a central nervous system stimulant that is used to control the nerves and the brain and helps in calming down the circulation so that they can function properly under all conditions. It is also used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is made up of Lisdexamfetamine salt. It is only available the capsule form for now, and the dosage is not currently verified. Most doctors advise consuming around 30 – 50 mg of the tablets on a daily basis. The capsules are available in a lot of sizes such as 10 mg, 30 mg, 50 mg and 70 mg but should be taken on doctor’s advice. It also helps in curing issues such as recklessness, breakdowns, and other problems but was previously considered a drug that was used to improve human performance and was banned in the United States, this primary reason still stands and it is not allowed to be consumed by athletics around the world. The off-label uses of this drug will include depression, schizophrenia, sleepiness and other issues. It is the most prescribed medicine in America with more than 4 million prescriptions being handed out and the main reason is that it is less addictive.

Key Differences

  1. Adderall was allowed to be prescribed way back in the year 1997 while Vyvanse was allowed to be prescribed as late as 2007 and is one the new medicines.
  2. Adderall is mostly prescribed for issues such as euphoria, change in sex desire, weakness and muscle breakdown. On the other hand, Vyvanse helps in curing issues such as recklessness, breakdowns, and other problems.
  3. The main salts which are used in the preparation of Adderall are mixed amphetamine salts – Dextroamphetamine and Levoamphetamine which have different proportions while the main salt which is used for Vyvanse is the Lisdexamfetamine salt.
  4. Adderall can be consumed in two or three doses in a day which should be 3-6 hours apart while Vyvanse has to be consumed just once during the day.
  5. Adderall is available in the tablet and capsule form which are of 10, 20 and 30 mg in sizes while Vyvanse is available only in capsules which are available in the multiples of 10 up to 70 mg.
  6. The secondary usages for Adderall drugs include Depression, obesity and sleep cycle disorders while the secondary uses for Vyvanse are for Depression, schizophrenia and eating disorder.

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