Vyvanse is a commonly prescribed drug that is approved for the treatment of ADHD and binge eating disorder. It is an amphetamine-based stimulant that helps improve alertness and decrease hyperactivity. Aside from the treatment of these conditions, the drug is also being prescribed as an off-label medication for conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Vyvanse has also become notorious as an Adderall alternative and is being used illicitly as a performance enhancer. Users take Vyvanse to become more alert and focused on their studies, sports, work, and even video gaming.
Vyvanse comes in tablets and capsules and should be taken orally. However, some people wonder whether it is possible to snort the drug. Can you snort Vyvanse? In theory, a person taking any crushable or powdered drug can snort a drug instead of swallowing it but the effects will vary depending on the drug being taken.
Even if you can snort Vyvanse, here are three reasons why you should never snort Vyvanse or take it in any other way other than what was prescribed by your doctor.
Snorting Vyvanse will not heighten its effects
There are many ways to administer drugs – swallow, snort, inject, etc. Depending on the type and form of the drug, some methods may be more effective than others. For people who are using drugs illicitly, they often prefer snorting drugs like amphetamines, cocaine, crystal meth, and heroin through the nose. They do this when the drug comes in powdered form or they crush tablets so they can snort the drug.
As Vyvanse is also an amphetamine-based drug, many people try to snort the drug thinking that the effects will be stronger and faster. There is also a misconception that snorting Vyvanse could make the high or the effects more intense. But is there truth to these beliefs?
The truth is that snorting Vyvanse will not create stronger effects. The reason for this is because Vyvanse is a prodrug stimulant which means it needs to be metabolized in the body and converted into dextroamphetamine and l-lysine before a user can feel its effects. So even if you snort Vyvanse, you will not feel the effects quicker. It will be the same as swallowing the drug.
Snorting Vyvanse will only cause unnecessary physical harm
If the reason you are thinking of snorting Vyvanse is to heighten its effects, this will just cause you unnecessary physical harm. When you snort Vyvanse, the powder could cause serious damage to your mucous membrane (lining of your nostrils) as well as your nasal passageways.
When snorting becomes a habit, this could also result in the damage of your soft palate (roof of your mouth) and you could also lose your sense of smell.
Snorting Vyvanse could lead to overdose
Some people who believe that snorting drugs including Vyvanse will heighten its effects could be disappointed. As snorting Vyvanse will not result in the effects being felt sooner, it is likely that the user could increase the amount of the drug being taken. This could lead to a drug overdose.
When too much Vyvanse is snorted, this could be toxic to the body and could lead to serious side effects. Take note that Vyvanse is a stimulant drug and if a person is already suffering from an existing heart condition, taking too much of the drug could lead to shortness of breath, stroke, and even sudden death.
Only take Vyvanse if you have a prescription
Vyvanse should only be taken with the advice of a medical professional. If you have ADHD, binge eating disorder, or if your doctor prescribed Vyvanse as an off-label medication for your condition, only take the drug by mouth. Only use Vyvanse within the prescription period and do not self-medicate.
Just because Vyvanse may be safe for people with ADHD does not mean it is safe as a performance enhancer. If you are taking Vyvanse to improve your alertness, you might not realize that it could cause serious side effects that could hurt you more.
Vyvanse also has a high potential for abuse. When taking Vyvanse becomes a habit, you could be dependent and addicted to the drug.
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