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    What Does Vyvanse Look Like?

    What Vyvanse looks like depends on the manufacturer, formulation, and dosage. 

    Vyvanse is the brand name for prescription drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, a central nervous system stimulant used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder. 

    Vyvanse works by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which can improve attention span and decrease hyperactivity. It is also a prodrug, which means it’s only active when it is metabolized inside the body.

    What Does Vyvanse Look Like?

    What Vyvanse looks like primarily depends on the drug manufacturer. The manufacturer determines the color of each pill as well as the stamped imprint.


    Vyvanse is often white in both the chewable tablet and the capsule. The chewable tablet can be found in a variety of shapes including round, hexagon, triangle, oblong, and square. It also comes in different strengths including 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 mg.

    These tablets are imprinted with one of the following:

    • S489 10
    • S489 20
    • S489 30
    • S489 40
    • S489 50
    • S489 60

    The white Vyvanse capsule is typically 20 mg and has “S489 20 mg” imprinted on each pill. 

    White & Blue

    Vyvanse also comes as a white and blue capsule and can be found in 40, 50, and 60 mg dosages.

    These capsules can include one of the following imprints on each pill:

    • S489 50 mg
    • S489 40 mg
    • NRP104 50 mg
    • NRP104 60 mg


    You can also find Vyvanse as a 30 mg orange capsule and while the pill looks the same, the imprint can be different depending on the manufacturer. The imprint may read either “NRP104 30mg” or “S489 30 mg.”

    Orange &  White

    There are also a couple of Vyvanse capsules that are orange on one side and white on the other. They are 30 mg in strength and either have “S489 30 mg” or “NRP104 30 mg” imprinted on them. 

    Orange & Blue

    Orange and blue Vyvanse capsules come in a 70 mg strength and either have “S489 70 mg” or “NRP104 70 mg” imprinted on each pill


    Vyvanse also comes as a 10 mg pink capsule and has “S489 10 mg” imprinted on each pill


    As a blue capsule, Vyvanse is a 60 mg capsule with either “S489 60 mg” or “NRP104 60 mg” imprinted on it depending on the drug manufacturer. 

    Green & White

    There is also a 40 mg green and white Vyvanse capsule. You either find “NRP104 40 mg” or “S489 40 mg” imprinted on the capsule

    Side Effects Of Vyvanse

    While it’s important to know what legitimate Vyvanse looks like so you don’t get counterfeit pills, it’s also important to know the side effects of the drug. The side effects can range from relatively mild to quite serious.

    The most common side effects of Vyvanse may include:

    • sleepiness
    • dizziness
    • headache
    • dry mouth
    • constipation
    • diarrhea
    • nausea
    • weight loss

    Some of the more serious side effects that can come with Vyvanse may include:

    • withdrawal symptoms when you stop use
    • slow or difficult speech
    • weakness of arm or leg
    • seizures
    • psychosis
    • motor or verbal tics
    • hives
    • rash
    • swelling of eyes, tongue, or lips

    Drug Interactions

    Whether you’re using Vyvanse as directed or abusing it, there are some medications and substances that don’t mix well with the ADHD medication, including:

    • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like isocarboxazid (Marplan) and linezolid (Zyvox)
    • nutritional supplements,
    • acetazolamide (Diamox)
    • ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
    • other CNS stimulant medications for ADHD like Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)
    • sodium bicarbonate
    • sodium phosphate (OsmoPrep)

    There are also certain medical conditions that Vyvanse can actually make worse. 

    Let your prescribing healthcare provider know if you have a personal or family history of cardiovascular/heart problems such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rate, heart attack or sudden death, as well as a history of mental health issues or drug abuse.

    Vyvanse Abuse Potential

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Vyvanse as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that while the drug has legitimate medical use, it also has a high potential for abuse, can be habit-forming, and may lead to dependence and addiction.

    For information on our stimulant drug addiction treatment options, please contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Article Sources

    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Lisdexamfetamine
    Vyvanse - What is Vyvanse?

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