According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Chris Davis received a Therapeutic-Use Exemption (TUE) for Vyvanse, instead of the Adderall, which he was suspended for at the end of last season.
Like Adderall, Vyvanse treats ADHD, but lasts longer and is less likely to be abused. Major League Baseball and doctors prefer to prescribe Vyvanse for this reason.
[quote_box_center]Davis, 28, said he responded well to Vyvanse after trying it this offseason, and even preferred it to Adderall.
“That was part of the process — try the Vyvanse to see I liked it, if I liked it better or wanted to go back to Adderall,” Davis said. “I liked Vyvanse better.”
The question is whether Davis could go back to Adderall if he decided that he was not getting the desired results from Vyvanse.[/quote_box_center]
Davis was previously granted a TUE for Adderall use, but was denied one in 2014. He denied one in 2013. He continued into 2014 without a TUE, for “reasons that are not clear.”
Davis began to take Adderall without the exemption, and was suspended for 25 games, consisting of the final 17 games of the regular season, the Orioles seven post season games, and Opening Day 2015.
With whatever medication he takes, whether it be Adderall, or Vyvanse, let’s hope Davis puts together a strong campaign in 2015. He does not need to be 2013 Chris Davis, but he cannot be 2014 Chris Davis.