Recap: Miscellaneous side effects of Elvanse/Vyvanse

There are a whole host of common, less common and rare side effects associated with stimulant medication. I've sampled plenty of the common ones, but happily haven't dealt with anything drastically difficult.
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I figured it would be a good idea to do a series of ‘recap’ posts before my first follow-up doctor’s appointment next week. It will help get things in one place for my benefit and for the benefit of any readers.

There are a whole host of common, less common and rare side effects associated with stimulant medication. I’ve sampled plenty of the common ones, but happily haven’t dealt with anything drastically difficult.

So, in order of ‘level of current annoyance’:

Dry mouth

This is unrelenting at the moment. It was improving a few weeks ago, but over the last week it’s somehow gotten much worse.

I thought it was just annoying, but having done a bit of research I’ve also found out it’s terrible for dental health, which has me a bit worried (I’ve not been to the dentist in years… I know, I know).

I have bought a special mouthwash and I’m drinking a lot of water. Next step is to give up caffeine. 🙁

Jaw clenching

I hate this so much. I’ve clenched my jaw when stressed/concentrating hard for years, but it’s become much worse in – again – the last week. It hurts. And it’s another thing that’s terrible for my teeth.

Diarrhea

Probably experienced on 50% of mornings – just once, not a ‘throughout the day’ thing. Ho hum, just something to deal with.

Increased heart rate

My resting heart rate is now between 75-85, where previously it was 60-70.

Dizziness

I have more of a head rush when I stand up quickly. This is much worse when it’s very hot.

Headache

Very mild and occasional – I think this might be an offshoot of the jaw clenching.

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