Just when we thought Dan had tried every possible type of medication to combat his OCD, his psychiatrist prescribed Vyvanse. It did help with Dan’s energy levels, as it is, after all, a stimulant. But after taking it for a few weeks he became very depressed and even more anxious. This trial and error was a definite error. The next error occurred when Dan was told to reduce his dosage for three days and then stop taking the medication completely. This brought on a major “crash” which changed the course of Dan’s story. More on that in a blog to come.
Well, come to find out that not only is Vyvanse not an appropriate drug for OCD, there are also many accounts such as this, where those taking Vyvanse either have worsening symptoms of OCD or actually develop OCD. Who knew? Certainly not me, or Dan. Or I’m guessing the psychiatrist.
Vyvanse is approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD. But that doesn’t mean that it is only prescribed for ADHD. Though the psychiatrist toyed with the idea that Dan may have ADHD (he does not), he told us that Vyvanse would “enhance” the effects of the other drugs Dan was taking, and thereby help him. In other words, he prescribed Vyvanse off-label, not for the disorder for which it was approved. This is legal, and often done, especially with drugs used for mental health.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because I don’t think it can be said enough. Be wary of all these drugs, and never rule out the possibility that they might be the cause, not the cure, of your or your loved one’s problems.