NEW DRUG – Lisdexamfetamine (Elvanse®)
July 2013 – Lisdexamfetamine is indicated for ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) in children over 6 years, where clinical response to methylphenidate has been inadequate.
Lisdexamfetamine is a pharmacologically inactive pro-drug that is converted in the blood to dexamfetaminne. Clinical response should occur within one month. Currently, the legal classification of lisdexamfetamine is prescription only medicine (POM). However, it is recommended that it should be treated as if it were a schedule 2 controlled drug as it has the action of dexamfetamine which is widely misused.
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