Buying Vyvanse or any prescription medication online from illegal pharmacies is dangerous.

Likely, you won’t get the drug they advertise. It could be contaminated with other dangerous substances, or you could get doses that are much higher or much lower than you anticipate.

Vyvanse Use

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant medication that was approved in 2007 for the treatment of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is also approved for the treatment of binge eating disorders.

It is classified as a prodrug, which is an inert substance that the body metabolizes to become an active medication.

Because of this mechanism of action, Vyvanse has a side effect profile that is often considered less severe than other stimulant medications used to treat ADHD.

Availability and Abuse

Vyvanse is a controlled substance in the C II category, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means the drug can only legally be obtained when a person has a prescription for it from a physician. It is a potentially serious drug of abuse that may produce physical dependence in people who use it for lengthy periods. Thus, the drug is not deemed to be safe to use in any manner when not directly supervised or monitored by a physician. The potential severity of misusing central nervous system stimulants has been demonstrated by a drastic increase of emergency room visits from 2005 to 2010 of individuals who abuse stimulant drugs.

Although stimulant abuse is not currently receiving as much coverage in the press as opioid abuse, it is still a major concern. The abuse of any medication occurs when an individual continually uses the medication for reasons other than its medicinal purposes.

Those who abuse stimulants often develop very high tolerance levels to the drugs and attempt to procure them illicitly. This can include buying controlled substances like Vyvanse from online sources.

Risks of Purchasing Vyvanse Online

A rising number of online pharmacies offer controlled substances illicitly. Buying controlled substances like Vyvanse over the internet can be risky for several reasons.

  • Data suggest that nearly a third of the medications sold online are counterfeit medications (not the medications they claim to be).
  • Counterfeit medications may contain some of the listed active ingredients, too much of it, none of it, or potentially toxic additives.
  • Online pharmacies that advertise medications produced overseas are often selling products that are manufactured with little regard for patient safety, ingredient quality, or efficacy.
  • Surveys by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggest that a very small percentage of controlled substances sold online (about 4 percent) meet the federal standards and qualifications regarding the marketing and distribution of controlled substances.

Thus, purchasing controlled substances from online pharmacies can be a risky endeavor.

Legalities Regarding Purchasing Controlled Substances Online

When a person buys a controlled substance from an online source outside of the United States, they may be breaking the law. Individuals not registered with the DEA who attempt to import controlled substances like Vyvanse into the country are subject to being charged with a felony. This can land them a significant fine ($250,000) and/or up-to 10 years in prison.

How to Tell if an Online Pharmacy is Legitimate

One can take several precautions when purchasing Vyvanse from an online source. If the online pharmacy does not require a prescription from a physician to purchase Vyvnse, the transaction is illegal, and the pharmacy is not legitimate.

  • If the website advertises extremely low prices on prescription medications, be suspicious.
  • If the website does not have a phone number, address, or other contact information in the United States, it is most likely an illegitimate source.
  • The pharmacy must have a registered United States pharmacist available online to answer questions. If they do not, it is certainly an illicit operation.
  • The pharmacy should be licensed in the state where they operate and in states where they do business.

Illicit Use and Self-Medication

People who try to purchase Vyvanse without a prescription are violating the law and are subject to prosecution. Using Vyvanse for recreational purposes is not recommended under any circumstances.

Attempting to use Vyvanse to address a medical condition without a physician’s oversight is dangerous. You should never attempt to self-medicate with drugs that are bought online. Always consult a licensed physician first.

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