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Vyvanse may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is important to discuss with a medical provider potential Vyvanse alternatives.

Vyvanse Alternatives

What are your options when it comes to alternatives for Vyvanse? Please note this list is not extensive.

For Depression

The most common choice as an alternative for depression would be an antidepressant. There are many classes of antidepressants, such as SSRIs like Celexa (citalopram) or SNRIS, such as Cymbalta (duloxetine). 

For Binge Eating

Vyvanse is the first FDA-approved drug for the treatment of binge eating disorder. Some other possibilities include antidepressants like Wellbutrin (bupropion) or antiseizure medications such as Topamax (topiramate).

For Weight Loss

Weight loss is a side effect of both Vyvanse and Ritalin (methylphenidate), another medication indicated for the treatment of ADHD. 

For ADHD and ADD

There are natural alternatives that can work well for ADHD management, such as practicing yoga or tai chi. At least one study found that teens were less hypersensitive when they took tai chi classes, for example. 

For Anxiety

Strattera (atomoxetine) is another medication to treat ADHD that can also help calm anxiety. It works to increase norepinephrine and dopamine levels–two neurotransmitters strongly associated with focus, mood, and reward–like Vyvanse.  

For Chronic Fatigue

Other stimulant medications similar to Vyvanse are sometimes used for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, such as drugs containing methylphenidate. One such medication is Ritalin. 

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