Buying Vyvanse or any prescription medication online from illegal pharmacies is dangerous.
Likely, you won’t get the drug they advertise. It could be contaminated with other dangerous substances, or you could get doses that are much higher or much lower than you anticipate.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant medication that was approved in 2007 for the treatment of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is also approved for the treatment of binge eating disorders.
It is classified as a prodrug, which is an inert substance that the body metabolizes to become an active medication.
Because of this mechanism of action, Vyvanse has a side effect profile that is often considered less severe than other stimulant medications used to treat ADHD.
Availability and Abuse
Vyvanse is a controlled substance in the C II category, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means the drug can only legally be obtained when a person has a prescription for it from a physician. It is a potentially serious drug of abuse that may produce physical dependence in people who use it for lengthy periods. Thus, the drug is not deemed to be safe to use in any manner when not directly supervised or monitored by a physician. The potential severity of misusing central nervous system stimulants has been demonstrated by a drastic increase of emergency room visits from 2005 to 2010 of individuals who abuse stimulant drugs.
Although stimulant abuse is not currently receiving as much coverage in the press as opioid abuse, it is still a major concern. The abuse of any medication occurs when an individual continually uses the medication for reasons other than its medicinal purposes.
Those who abuse stimulants often develop very high tolerance levels to the drugs and attempt to procure them illicitly. This can include buying controlled substances like Vyvanse from online sources.
Risks of Purchasing Vyvanse Online
A rising number of online pharmacies offer controlled substances illicitly. Buying controlled substances like Vyvanse over the internet can be risky for several reasons.
- Data suggest that nearly a third of the medications sold online are counterfeit medications (not the medications they claim to be).
- Counterfeit medications may contain some of the listed active ingredients, too much of it, none of it, or potentially toxic additives.
- Online pharmacies that advertise medications produced overseas are often selling products that are manufactured with little regard for patient safety, ingredient quality, or efficacy.
- Surveys by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggest that a very small percentage of controlled substances sold online (about 4 percent) meet the federal standards and qualifications regarding the marketing and distribution of controlled substances.