Does Vyvanse increase libido? 

Does Vyvanse increase libido? 

Yes, Vyvanse does increase libido in some people and triggers symptoms related to hypersexuality (1). This side effect is not that commonly reported in women as compared to men. 

It’s normal for a person to have sexual thoughts, irrespective of gender, but Vyvanse can cause unusually increased sexual thoughts and behaviour (1). This should be discussed with a doctor as it can also lead to intrusive thoughts and actions. 

The incidence of increased libido with Vyvanse

The incidence of increased libido with Vyvanse varies among individuals, as people are different and can react differently to medications. Some people may even report a decrease in libido while taking this medication. 

However, it’s important to remember that not everyone who takes Vyvanse will experience this effect, and it may not be a desired outcome for everyone.

The way you take Vyvanse may affect some of the side effects, for example, taking the drug on an empty stomach may result in rapid absorption, as compared to taking it with food.

Why does Vyvanse cause hypersexuality? 

According to researchers, the increased libido caused by Vyvanse is because of the way this medication works. Vyvanse is a type of Amphetamine, which is a stimulant. It increases the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine, two excitatory monoamine neurotransmitters (2,3). 

These neurotransmitters can increase your libido and cause other effects like an increase in your body temperature, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and other effects which may also increase your libido and prepare your body for sexual activity (2,3). 

What to do if Vyvanse causes an increase in libido? 

If you notice that Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is causing an increase in libido and it’s causing discomfort or interfering with your daily life, it’s important to discuss this with your healthcare provider. They can evaluate your specific situation and help determine the best course of action.

Your healthcare provider may consider adjusting the dosage of Vyvanse or exploring alternative treatment options if the increase in libido is unwanted or disruptive. They will take into account your overall health, any other medications you may be taking, and your specific needs.

Open and honest communication with your healthcare provider is key. Share your concerns and any changes you’ve noticed in your libido, as well as any other side effects or issues you may be experiencing. 

Final words

To sum up, Vyvanse may cause an increase in libido in some individuals. However, it is not that commonly reported and the exact incidence has not been established yet. Just make sure you propel monitor your side effects and report them to your doctor. 

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