Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is a stimulant medication that is used to control ADHD symptoms in children age six or older. This medication works by speeding up the central nervous system and adjusting the chemicals in the brain. It helps children and adults with ADHD to sit still and focus on the task they are trying to complete.
This medication can be both physically and psychologically addictive. People who have a history of drug abuse, especially amphetamine abuse, should not take this medication. The medication should be taken only as directed; patients should not adjust their dose without consulting their doctors.
Using this medication for a long period of time can cause physical dependence. The body adapts to the new brain chemistry caused by the drug and fails to function properly without continued exposure to the drug. Sudden withdrawal from the drug can throw the body into shock and cause serious physical illnesses as well as mood swings and suicidal thoughts.