We get a lot of questions about using things like Adderall and Vyvanse for studying. The difference between them and the results people get. The statistics for top schools have been… well, I’m sure we’ve all seen them.

I’m not going to touch on the legality, health issues or morality of using them (or miss-using them). If your doc is handing them out like candy then I’m not really in a position to question them but I will remind you that getting prescription medication from another source is a dumb idea at best and probably illegal in your country at worst.

If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you already know this and if you’re miss-using them I’m going to remind you there are a lot of documented issues and reasons not to abuse these pills. Your grades are going to come from your studying – not a pill.

Keeping abreast with your academic calendar means regular class attendance but it doesn’t necessarily translate into good grades. Things get more complicated when distractions of social life catch up with you. When push comes to shove, however, you need to push aside the merrymaking and turn to your studies with Dexter-like determination.

As a first step, we suggest downloading our free memory hack audiobook. Written by a chess grandmaster the goal is to help you get twice the results in half the time by improving your memory and comprehension (without the need for a pill).

How Vyvanse and Adderall Work

Both Vyvanse and Adderall are stimulant medications with active ingredients that boost the brain’s neurotransmitters – increasing the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine as well the adrenaline levels with your central nervous system. Note that there isn’t much difference with regard to how the drugs work though Adderall contains a combination of four amphetamine salts while Vyvanse has only one salt. It follows that both medications can help you push up your academic grades but it’s prudent to try and figure out which one suit you best. This calls for a closer look at Vyvanse vs Adderall for studying purposes.


Vyvanse and Adderall belong to the same family of drugs though they differ in various ways. For example, Adderall comes in two different formulations. Adderall IR is designed for immediate release, making it a quick reacting drug that lasts for no more than four hours in your system. Adderall XR gets released slowly into the system, on the other hand, and is set to give you a concentration span that lasts for 10 to 12 hours. Take Adderall IR two to three times a day if you want to prolong your high-power concentration study sessions.

Vyvanse, on the other hand, is a slow reacting cognitive-booster. This is because it enters the body in form of a compound known as lisdexamfetamine. The compound is then converted into dextroamphetamine – the active ingredient that induces the cocktail of hormones that triggers and upholds your concentration span for a period of 14 hours or more. This makes Vyvanse the study-aide-drug of choice with pro-active features. Note that unlike Adderall, Vyvanse has to go through a metabolic process before it can be picked up by the system. It follows that you have to wait for at least 30 minutes for Adderall to take effect compared to Vyvanse’s one to two hours reaction time.

Dosage Aspects

Both Vyvanse and Adderall are category two drugs – meaning that they are subject to potential abuse. According to pharmacists, there are higher chances of abusing Vyvanse because it can be inhaled or injected into the bloodstream. This isn’t the case with Adderall, however, it’s always possible to use the medications responsibly by going for the 5mg dosage if you’ve never used the drug before. You can progressively move toward the 30mg dosage as time goes by. As for Vyvanse, you have the option of picking between the 30mg and the 70mg dosages depending on the period of time that you’ve been on the medication or whether you want to get into a shorter or a longer study session without losing your concentration span.

Making your Pick

While you may prefer one drug to the other owing issues such as reaction time and side effects related factors, it’s significant to pay attention to more factors. For example, Vyvanse is commendable if you are already academically smart and all you need is something to help you boost your concentration and get your studies over and done with within a specified period of time.

Opt for Adderall, on the other hand, if you know that you’re not academically blessed. This means Adderall works well with people who may be having learning disabilities such as the inability to spell correctly or to coordinate facts or figures within a sentence. Above all, it’s significant to obtain ample advice about the medications before reverting to any of the two. At the end of the day, a large part of the decision making should be your doctor, not your studying sessions.


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