Updated: September 22, 2019 The truth about Vyvanse withdrawal is that it’s challenging, but absolutely possible to do. It’s also true that there are many things you need to know about withdrawing from Vyvanse before you go through it. This article is based on my personal experience with quitting Vyvanse. But, you can learn a lot from what I went through.
The Truth About Vyvanse Withdrawal (Introduction)
If you’re going to stop taking Vyvanse, please make sure to talk with your doctor first, since some side effects of withdrawal can be severe.
With that out of the way, let’s go over some of the real-life truths of Vyvanse withdrawal – so that you can know what to expect if you decide to stop taking Vyvanse.
Why Do Some People Choose To Stop Taking Vyvanse?
While I personally have plenty of good things to say about how Vyvanse helped me deal with my ADHD, it’s also fair to say that not everyone will share the same experience with Vyvanse that I had.
For example. you might consider stopping Vyvanse if:
- You develop weird side effects from taking Vyvanse (like anxiety or an increased heart rate)
- Vyvanse doesn’t mesh well with your brain chemistry for whatever reason, and you simply feel bad while using the medication
- You’d rather treat your ADHD symptoms naturally
At the end of the day, many people find that certain ADHD medications don’t work well for them.
So, if you feel like Vyvanse isn’t the right fit for you, there’s no need to worry. You can make it through this, just like I did…
How I Slowly Stopped Taking Vyvanse And Became More Free (Quick Overview)
Vyvanse once gave me an amazing sense of mental clarity and focus. And, I still believe that Vyvanse is an exceptional medication for many people with ADHD.
But, there came a time when I stopped using Vyvanse because I felt that it had done enough for me.
In other words, my time with Vyvanse was up. We had a great relationship for more than one year. But, people change. I guess I became more holistic in my worldview too.
I also had an epiphany late in 2016 that really changed me.
In late 2016, I realized that treating my ADHD was less about looking for something to speed me up. Instead, I started to look for foods, lifestyle habits and natural supplements that would reduce my anxiety.
Eventually, I found that naturally reducing my level of anxiety caused my ADHD symptoms to practically disappear.
With less anxiety, I could suddenly focus on work, chat with strangers, and live my life much more freely.
These Are The 5 Steps I Followed To Limit My Vyvanse Withdrawal Symptoms
After more than one year of using Vyvanse on a daily basis, I stopped taking ADHD medication in November 2016.
Here’s how I slowly stopped taking Vyvanse with the least amount of pain possible:
Step 1. Slowly Decrease Intake Of Vyvanse (Taper Down)
I didn’t stop taking Vyvanse cold turkey. I think that would’ve been pretty bad for my brain and body.
Instead, I slowly reduced my daily intake of Vyvanse over the course of a month or so. I figured this was the best way to help my body transition into a new lifestyle.
Here’s how I slowly and steadily tapered off of Vyvanse (example)…
Early October: Take 40mg of Vyvanse daily
Mid October: Take 30mg of Vyvanse daily
Late October: Take 20mg of Vyvanse daily
Early November: Take 10mg of Vyvanse daily
The process of tapering off of Vyvanse was pretty simple. I just lowered my Vyvanse dosage by about 10mg every week.
To accomplish this, I did something that I call a Vyvanse dosage hack – which simply involves mixing your Vyvanse with water, and gradually decreasing the amount of Vyvanse water that you drink each day.
I slowly tapered off of Vyvanse in this way, because I wanted to give my body the necessary time to come off of a powerful ADHD medication.
And, I personally felt that dropping my intake of Vyvanse by 10mg per week worked extremely well.
Step 2. Stop Taking It
In November 2016, I came to a point where I could stop using Vyvanse.
I still felt the urge to use Vyvanse at this point, because my body and brain was so used to being on Vyvanse. But, I just had to keep pushing through.
I also felt mild anxiety and headaches for the first few days of stopping Vyvanse.
This sucked. I’m not going to lie.
But at the same time, it wasn’t all that bad.
Self-discipline and mental resilience helped me a lot. I also watched more TV and Netflix than I’d ever watched in a long time.
Yeah, make sure you get some good movies to watch if you decide to stop using Vyvanse.
Step 3. Give The Brain and Body Time To Recover
The most challenging part of withdrawing from Vyvanse was feeling the need to sleep for at least 8-9 hours every night.
When I was using Vyvanse, I could run off of six or seven hours of sleep no problem. I was like a machine.
But when I stopped taking Vyvanse, I could easily sleep for 9 hours every night. This felt really strange to me, since I’d gotten pretty used to running off minimal sleep. I think this might’ve been my body’s way of telling me that I’d been deprived of sleep for a very long time.
I ended up “listening” to my body, and just allowing myself to sleep these long hours until I felt that I didn’t need to anymore.
This was an important part of withdrawing from Vyvanse. I gave my body the sleep that it needed in order to fully recover, and I’m perfectly good now.
Step 4. Flood The Body With Healthy Food, Exercise And Supplements
While I’ve generally been eating healthy for the past few years, I made sure to eat an extremely clean diet after stopping Vyvanse.
I knew that eating bad food and being lazy would have just been a way of coping with negative emotions. I didn’t want to go down that slippery slope.
Instead, this was my personal routine after withdrawing from Vyvanse:
Eat healthy food
Smoothies, smoothies and more smoothies.
You’ll probably want to take down a gigantic green smoothie at least once a day after you stop taking Vyvanse.
I blended kale, spinach, apple, maca root powder, and various other ingredients in my smoothies.
Drinking smoothies will help you tremendously while your brain is adapting to life without Vyvanse.
If possible, you’ll also want to eat high-quality lean meat, brown rice, quinoa, seafood, and other nutrient-rich foods.
Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself a little bit while you’re making such an important lifestyle transformation. Maybe eat a nice juicy steak once in a while, too. It’s perfectly OK to reward yourself.
Exercise daily (cardio + strength training)
I experienced some light headaches and maybe a little bit of lethargy after coming off of Vyvanse.
In other words, I felt lazy and sluggish.
So, what’s a guy to do?
Well, I forced myself to go to the gym. Or at least run around the neighborhood, and then do some push-ups and bodyweight squats afterwards.
You have to stay mentally busy when you stop using Vyvanse, otherwise your brain will try to make you feel guilty for stopping Vyvanse in the first place.
Exercising is a great way to keep your brain and body busy, while improving your health at the same time. It’s a win-win-win.
Take good vitamins and supplements
I’ve already written extensively about the best natural supplements to use for ADHD, depression and similar conditions.
I personally felt that withdrawing from Vyvanse did create some light symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Of course, this was just my experience, and it was only temporary. And I was also able to cure my symptoms relatively quickly…
So, you’ll ultimately want to flood your body with the right vitamins and nutrients to compensate for the lack of Vyvanse in your system.
Don’t worry – this will be a healthy replacement. These are the best supplements that I recommend you take while withdrawing from Vyvanse:
Life Extension Complete B Complex
Life Extension Complete B Complex (Amazon) was a cost-effective and great supplement for helping me stop feeling so moody when I quit using Vyvanse.
The B vitamins in this supplement are high-quality, and I trust the Life Extension brand as well (dietary supplements are unregulated, so you have to be smart about which vitamins you use).
I should also mention that this supplement gave me energy when I was feeling lazy and compulsively watching Netflix immediately after stopping Vyvanse.
Pure Encapsulations Energy Xtra
Pure Encapsulations Energy Xtra (Amazon) is another great supplement from a brand that I trust.
Energy Xtra is a nice supplement because it contains energizing herbs like ashwagandha, Asian ginseng and rhodiola.
This supplement worked great on days when I was feeling extra sluggish after stopping Vyvanse.
Life Extension Magnesium Citrate
And, while I personally had no problem getting sleep after stopping Vyvanse (I love sleep), I found that using a high-quality form of magnesium helped me sleep even better.
Magnesium Citrate also helped to calm my nerves and reduce my anxiety. So, it’s a product that I highly recommend for sleeping better and feeling happier after quitting Vyvanse.
There are obviously many other important supplements that you can take while stopping Vyvanse.
But, these are my top three supplement recommendations that I personally used after quitting Vyvanse.
Step 5. Begin “New Life”
After a few weeks of stopping Vyvanse, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia because I felt like my “old self” again.
This is also the point when I realized I’d have to figure out how to get my ADHD symptoms under control again.
So, I went back to focusing on reducing my anxiety above all else.
(For me, I’ve started to realize that anxiety plays a huge role in my ADHD symptoms.)
To fight my ADHD and anxiety symptoms, I continued to eat healthy, exercise, and use “boring” (but necessary) supplements like…
During this time, I also tried to keep myself mentally busy by working on passion projects, going out with friends, and having as much fun as possible.
I really do believe that the key to coming off of Vyvanse is about finding ways to keep your mind busy.
If you can figure out ways to channel your energy, you won’t feel as distracted by negative emotions and thoughts that might arise.
It’s also important that you figure out how to best control your ADHD during the time that you stop taking Vyvanse.
- Are you going to take control of your ADHD naturally?
- Will you use a separate ADHD medication (maybe like Adderall XR) to treat your ADHD symptoms?
- Or will you focus on reducing symptoms of anxiety to get a better grip on your ADHD?
It’s ultimately going to be up to you and your doctor to figure out the best strategy going forward.
This website is about helping you figure out the best strategies to control your ADHD regardless of how you choose to do it. I don’t care if you use medication, natural food or even meditation to treat ADHD symptoms.
As long as you figure out a safe strategy that works well for your life, that’s all that matters in the end.
This is about doing what works best for your brain, body and lifestyle.
ADHD is a tricky condition to manage. But with some persistence, I know that anyone can take control of the disorder. Just don’t give up, and there’s no way you can fail.
My Future With Vyvanse (Vyvanse Withdrawal Conclusion)
Overall, I’ve had a very good experience with Vyvanse, so I can’t knock the prescription medication in the least bit.
During my one year on Vyvanse, I was able to:
- Build the ADHD Boss website
- Do a lot of freelance copywriting work for clients
- Clean the hell out of my house on a nearly daily basis
- Eliminate plenty of limiting beliefs
- Realize what I was truly capable of accomplishing
I’m actually not opposed to using Vyvanse in the future. I very well may use it again at some point.
But for now, I’ve learned how to use natural resources to thrive with ADHD. I don’t feel the need to use Vyvanse on a daily basis for the time being.
However, this website will continue to focus on finding ways to make the most of life with ADHD without any judgment.
I’m always open to the possibility that something else out there, like another ADHD medication, product or supplement can benefit everyone in the ADHD community.
I’ll do whatever it takes to help people like yourself.
In fact, leave your comments below to let me know if this article helped you better understand the process of withdrawing from Vyvanse.
I look forward to hearing from you.