Vyvanse for Binge Eating Disorder: Pros and Cons

Patient Expert

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There is much to be said for a prescription that helps to address a diagnosed malady. There is also much to be said for the proper administration of that prescription and its proper use   by the recipient. In short, it can help.

I am an advocate of pharmacology.  It can help enhance the quality of a life, and it can help tilt the bar a more toward good health. How far Vyvanse, a prescription medication recently approved to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder, will move that bar remains to be seen.

For those with binge eating disorder, Vyvanse may help to  reduce the number of binge eating days. Two 12-week clinical trials with adult participants found that patients taking Vyvanse experienced less than half as many binge eating days as patients who received a sugar pill.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. It is a serious disorder characterized by consumption of unusually large amounts of food. The binge eater will eat even when full or not hungry, can feel depressed, disgusted or ashamed about her eating, can feel that her eating is out of control, can experience depression or anxiety, and lose and gain weight repeatedly.

Risk factors for binge eating include family history of the behavior, psychological issues, and a history of dieting. Binge eating can lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, insomnia, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Enter Vyvanse

Vynanse is meant to be taken once in the morning with or without food. The dosage will be individualized according to your doctor's recommendations. It is advised that Vyvanse should not be used for weight loss or to treat obesity, although subjects who took Vyvanse lost about 10 pounds.

So there it is, a prescription that helps to reduce episodes of binge eating, can be used as another tool to contend with binge eating disorder, and may initiate some weight loss as well. Of course, for every upside there is a downside.

The Cons of Vyvanse

Vyvanse is a stimulant which means it has real potential for abuse and dependence. Stimulants brain chemicals and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control, and have mainly been used to treat attention deficit hyperactivitydisorder in adults and children who are at least six years old. Aside from personal risk, there is also the danger of others using this medication improperly.

In addition, those who take Vyvanse should anticipate side effects whereas 85 percent of recipients experienced some kind of an adverse reaction. The most common of these are dry mouth, sleeplessness, increased heart rate, jittery feelings, constipation, and anxiety. The most severe are heart complications and psychiatric problems such as hallucinations and delusional thoughts.

A final problem is that your insurance carrier may not be in any special hurry to provide coverage for this medication. A one month supply can run about $230, and this price tag might prove too steep for many.

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