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Effect of Vyvanse on Driving in Young Adults With ADHD

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joseph Biederman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 2, 2008
Last updated: February 5, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
The primary objective of the study is to assess the benefice of Vyvanse on the factors that cause impairments in driving behavior in individuals with ADHD using a driving simulation aimed at examining the factors that cause impairments in driving behavior in individuals with ADHD such as driving speed, collision risk, and visual attention of 60 young drivers (ages 18-24) with ADHD. We hypothesize: 1.) young adults with ADHD treated with Vyvanse will show lower velocity (speed) scores and spend less time driving over the posted speed limit in the driving simulation when compared to subjects taking a placebo; 2.) young adults with ADHD treated with Vyvanse will show a lesser likelihood to collide with a suddenly appearing peripheral object, less difficulty maintaining the vehicle within their lane, and a lesser likelihood of driving through stop signs and solid red traffic lights without slowing down when compared to subjects taking a placebo; and 3.) young adults with ADHD treated with Vyvanse will exhibit more focused visual attention on details in the visual field when compared to subjects taking a placebo while driving. In addition, young adults with ADHD treated with Vyvanse will exhibit less visual tunneling and shorter off-road glances when compared to subjects taking a placebo.

Condition Intervention Phase
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
Drug: Vyvanse
Drug: Placebo
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of Vyvanse on the Driving Performance of Young Adults With ADHD: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Participants Experiencing Collisions During "Surprise Events" in Driving Simulator [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Initial results from a one hour driving simulation in the MIT AgeLab Driving Simulator as compared to second session in the simulator following a 6-week trial on Lisdexamfetamine or placebo. During the simulation, "surprise events," designed to test the participant's attention and driving, occurred. This outcome presents the difference in number of collisions experience by individuals treated with Vyvanse or Placebo.

Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Vyvanse
Patients may be randomized to the active comparator arm. Participants randomized to this arm will receive 30, 50, or 70mg Vyvanse daily.
Drug: Vyvanse
Vyvanse 30, 50, or 70 mg daily
Other Name: Lisdexamfetamine
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Patients may be randomized to the placebo comparator arm. Those randomized to this arm will receive 30, 50, or 70mg placebo daily.
Drug: Placebo
Placebo 30, 50, 70 mg daily


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 24 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female outpatients, aged 18-24 years.
  • Subjects meeting full criteria for the diagnosis of DSM-IV Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with onset of symptoms in childhood and persistence of impairing symptoms into adulthood as determined by clinical evaluation and/or ADHD module of structured diagnostic interview, completed by the study clinician.
  • Absence of pharmacological treatment for ADHD for the past month.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any other current psychiatric or medical condition determined to be clinically significant.
  • Current use of psychotropics or any medication with clinically significant CNS effects.
  • Individuals who have never held a valid driver's license.
  • Mental retardation (IQ < 80).
  • Individuals with a history of substance dependence or abuse within the past 6 months. Pregnant or nursing females.
  • Known hypersensitivity to Vyvanse or amphetamines.
  • Subjects with pre-existing structural cardiac abnormalities.
  • Clinically significant abnormal screening values including:
  • Laboratory values determined to be clinically significant.
  • Consistent readings of hypertension (>140/90) during screening period (including screening and baseline visits), defined as two or more readings (each being the average of three measurements) at a single visit with systolic blood pressure, SBP > 140 and/or diastolic blood pressure, DBP, > 90, and confirmed by manual reading.
  • Subjects with isolated incidences (of triplicate average BP) of SBP > 140 and/or DBP > 90 at baseline/week 0 visit, confirmed by manual reading, which are determined to be clinically significant.

Subjects with a clinically significant abnormality according to cardiology consultation (ECGs with clinically concerning intervals including PR, QTC, QRS, will be reviewed by cardiology).

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00801229

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Joseph Biederman, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Joseph Biederman, MD, Chief of the Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00801229     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008P000971
Study First Received: December 2, 2008
Results First Received: June 20, 2011
Last Updated: February 5, 2014

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
young adults

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents processed this record on May 22, 2017