Taking Vyvanse for ADHD? Here’s How You Can Save

Tori Marsh
Tori Marsh, MPH, is on the Research Team at GoodRx, and is the resident expert on drug pricing and savings.
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Let’s start with the bad news. Vyvanse—a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is really expensive. Many similar (but not exactly the same) drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but Vyvanse isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for you, how can you make it affordable?

Here’s some information about Vyanvse and how you can save.

How popular is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse is the third most popular central nervous system stimulant, a class of medications that also includes Adderall (amphetamine salt combo) and Ritalin (methylphenidate). Drugs in this class are prescribed to help you focus and stay alert but can also be prescribed to treat narcolepsy and aid in weight loss.

For more information on Vyvanse, read our previous blog here.

When will generic Vyvanse be available?

As of October 2017, there is no generic available for Vyvanse. However, it may become available as generic lisdexamfetamine after 2023, when the brand name patent expires. While a generic alternative is still many years out, there are other ways to save on Vyvanse.

Are there any cheaper medications I can try for ADHD?

Finding a stimulant that works best for you and your pocketbook can be tricky. While Vyvanse doesn’t have a generic, there are a couple other options to speak with your doctor about.

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Vyvanse works best for me—can I still save?

Learn more about Vyvanse at GoodRx’s Vyvanse page.

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