Vyvanse is a medication for binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is a condition in which individuals consume a large amount of food in a short period of time. It is one of the four recognized types of eating disorders. There are many types of treatment for this disorder, but the recent addition of Vyvanse, also known as lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is one that shows some promise. The medication is said to provide treatment for those who have moderate to severe forms of binge eating. It is the first of its kind and the only medicine available specifically for binge eating.

Who Can Benefit from Medication for Binge Eating Disorder?

Reports indicate that 2.8 million people in the United States alone suffer from binge eating disorder, or BED. The condition is defined by those who have symptoms such as the following:

  • Eating more food than most people do
  • Eating that seems to be out of control (the individual often feels out of control of his or her eating habits)
  • Being upset after binge eating

Individuals who have these symptoms are most likely to benefit from medication. However, it generally has to be at a moderate to severe level, which means BED needs to be impacting the day-to-day lives of the individual.

What Can This Medication for Binge Eating Disorder Do?

Vyvanse is not meant to be taken as a weight loss drug, though it may cause some individuals to lose weight. Studies are not complete, though, on how this medication can impact those who are using it for weight loss. In a recent trial, people took Vyvanse for a period of 12 weeks. Those who received the medication were able to experience as few as half of the number of binge eating days per week compared to those who received a sugar pill.

This medication for binge eating is available through a doctor’s prescription. Individuals who suffer from the condition should seek out medical care. Even while taking the medication, some people may need additional counseling and therapy in order to overcome this eating disorder. For most people, it can provide improvement in quality of life when BED seems to have taken over. Doctors may prescribe it to those experiencing severe symptoms as a treatment as well as for preventative measures. Patients should discuss their needs with their doctor before taking the medication.