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STEVEN35
08-25-04, 12:50 AM
i would like to hear from guys and girls who live in the uk with ADHD cos i would like to know if adderall is available in the UK please thank you

clawless
08-25-04, 06:35 AM
Hope this helps Steven

Adderall Now Available In The UK
adders.org has been advised by BR Pharma International Ltd that Adderall is now available in the United Kingdom.

BR Pharma International Ltd. who in March last year made Ritalin Slow Release available in the UK have now gained the agreement of the Medicine Control Agency and have obtained all the necessary permits from the Home Office to make distribution of Adderall legal in this Country. The drug itself has still yet to be fully registered in the United Kingdom but it is now perfectly legal for it to be prescribed by Consultants, GP's and to be obtained by pharmacists on a patient by patient basis.

Dr. Geoff Kewley of The Learning Assessment Centre in Horsham, West Sussex, one of the Country's leading specialists in ADHD commented, "Obviously, as this stage, we haven't been able to use it very much but, certainly from the experience in North America - where it is used very significantly - it has been very effective. We are greatly looking forward to having it available. The availability over the last 12-18 months of sustained release Ritalin has made an enormous difference to the management of children and adolescents with ADHD, especially those adolescents who have either forgotten or been too oppositional about taking their short-acting Ritalin at school. Though Adderall will have at least a similar benefit profile, it adds to the increased availability of effective medications for managing ADHD and is a very welcome advance."

A recent study in the U.S. which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in May 2000, said: "Adderall(R) (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) is significantly more effective at reducing inattention, oppositional behaviour, and other symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than methylphenidate, an older ADHD treatment.

The study of 58 children with ADHD also found that the benefits of Adderall last longer than those of methylphenidate (which is sold under the brand name Ritalin(R)). In fact, 70 percent of patients taking a single morning dose of Adderall found significant improvement in ADHD symptoms, while just 15 percent of patients taking methylphenidate improved significantly with only one dose."

Apparently all a pharmacist has to do is to fax a photocopy of the original prescription to BR Pharma International on (UK Only) 020 8207 5557 (Tel:020 8207 0770) BR Pharma and ADDerall can be sent by special next day delivery.

At present Adderall is only available in packs of 100 tablets in both 5 and 10mg doses. More information on Adderall can be found on our medications page.

Caroline Hensby for adders.org

clawless
08-25-04, 06:42 AM
Steven, Please introduce youself when you get the chance, we have a thread on this site for introductions for people from the U.K. as well as the main introduction to the forum

Welcome to the forum I look forward to your posts always great to see others from the U.K. here.

Toby
11-17-04, 04:09 PM
Clawless: You don't happen to know when that statement was issued do you?

My psychatrist has been telling me for the last five months that it's unavalible in the UK

clawless
11-18-04, 05:58 AM
http://www.adders.org/news41.htm

http://beehive.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=SiteHome&ID=3499&PageID=19675

http://www.mk-adhd.org.uk/home.htm

Hope this helps Toby

as it said in the other post

The drug itself has still yet to be fully registered in the United Kingdom but it is now perfectly legal for it to be prescribed by Consultants, GP's and to be obtained by pharmacists on a patient by patient basis.

So you can get it, I suppose it will be upto psychatrist/Dr to decide if they will let you have it or not, or maybe they dont know they can get it for you???? and you need to tell them.

Toby
11-25-04, 03:49 PM
Although Adderall IS avalible here, it's only avalible privately, and from companys that import from the US

This means it's 300 for a box of 100 tablets

MrDog
02-07-05, 06:23 PM
Thats a real shame. I'd like to give it a go.

The dexedrine went thru me too quickly so I'd get these nasty zappy problems every couple of hours - same although not quite as bad with the ritalin. I hear they do a modified release version of adderall.

Something I'd recommend for those with anxiety problems - Venlefaxine (brand name effexor) really helped me with my anxiety. I'd been suffering really badly from anxiety my whole life and I'm now probably just about on the same level as ordinary people.

The other thing is that its helped me with my main ADHD symptoms slightly, it slows me down just a little bit and definateley reduces my impulsivity. I'm on 150 mg slow release per day - the doc is letting me stay on them as long as I want. I've been on them 2 years now and had no side effects until this past 2 weeks - the dreaded itching has suddenly started - heres hoping it goes away.

Toby
02-11-05, 01:43 PM
It's just cost me 420 (around $800) to get 100 days of adderall.

Very hard to afford, but essential nonetheless =/

Linguist
08-16-05, 08:50 AM
Hi Everyone

Is Adderall meant only for use by people with ADHD or can it be used also by people with only ADD and no hyperactivity? If not, what does anyone know of anything else that is useful for people with ADD who don't have ADHD?

Thanks

Linguist

Toby
08-17-05, 07:05 AM
Nope, it's suitible for both. I'm not hyperactive and i've been taking adderall for 9 months now.

It works well with Inattentive ADD other reasons apart from the concentrational boost. ADD innattentives tend to have problems displaying confidence, and one of the side effects of adderall is to make the person taking it a bit more forward. It makes the person seem a bit more driven.

Linguist
08-21-05, 05:16 PM
Hi Toby

Thanks for the info although I guess I'd have to get a diagnosis before I can have it prescribed.

Linguist

UnleashTheHound
08-21-05, 05:54 PM
Hi Everyone

Is Adderall meant only for use by people with ADHD or can it be used also by people with only ADD and no hyperactivity? If not, what does anyone know of anything else that is useful for people with ADD who don't have ADHD?
That 'H' is a bit of a misnomer. Regardless of whether you have hyperactivity, they refer to you ADHD. Non hyper are usually referred to as ADHD-inattentive. Hopefully they clear up the term in the future because it is confusing right now. :confused: But yes, Adderall can be used if you don't have hyperactivity.

John_M
04-30-06, 02:49 PM
I've read a lot about Adderall and would like to give it a try. My doctor doesn't agree and continues to prescribe Ritalin. Unfortunately, I don't think I can send BR Pharma a Ritalin prescription and receive Adderall in return!

critisa
05-01-06, 02:45 AM
would someone tell me what that adderall thing is

AlexC
07-18-06, 08:56 PM
Hi
I'm a 17 year old living in London. I'm currently on a 10-13 week waiting list to see a psychiatrist for free on the NHS. We already filled out questionaires they sent us and sent them off and my college also had to. I have done a great amount of research over the past few months on medications for ADD and ADD itself and have concluded that Adderall will be the most effective, and with the safest side effects compared to Ritalin and Strattera. I'm just worried that the psychiatrist I see either won't have heard of adderall, won't be willing to prescribe it and make me try another medication, or just won't appreciate that I know a great deal about it and that I know what I need as I always have trouble getting points across and generally end up saying things which don't help. I've read and heard that doctors and pychiatrists like to think theyre helping clueless people and don't like it when the patient appears to know more! I'm also concerned now that it won't be free on the NHS if I am prescribed Adderall or if I need to see a private psychiatrist in order to be prescribed it? (As Toby said its only privately?) Does the NHS still prescribe it even if you have to pay for it? Even if I do have to pay for it, it would be worth it as I'm hopefully getting a job soon and my parents will probably help me pay for it at first.
Does anyone know about this? I'm also wondering how to approach the situation when the time comes after a proper diagnosis - what to say about the meds, etc :confused:.
Many thanks in advance,
Alex

Toby
07-19-06, 08:13 AM
I've read and heard that doctors and pychiatrists like to think theyre helping clueless people and don't like it when the patient appears to know more! In my experience, psychiatrists have even shorter attention spans than we do! It can be hard to get a word in edgeways sometimes, but it's really important that you talk over every issue that's bothering you.

That said, if you've done your research, and made your own decisions, they're unlikely to try and dissuade you. At the end of the day you're the only one who can know how you feel.


I'm also concerned now that it won't be free on the NHS if I am prescribed Adderall or if I need to see a private psychiatrist in order to be prescribed it? (As Toby said its only privately?) Does the NHS still prescribe it even if you have to pay for it? Even if I do have to pay for it, it would be worth it as I'm hopefully getting a job soon and my parents will probably help me pay for it at first. That is a very good question. Ultimatly it depends which PCT (Primary Care Trust) you come under. Your doctor will have the option of writing to the PCT to request the funds needed for your adderall. However because it's so expensive (1400 a year last time I checked) they're unlikely to pay out, since they can just cite half a dozen studies that suggest other drugs are almost as effective.

I've never heard of the NHS accepting money for prescriptions (aside from the prescription costs). But i'm not saying it's totally out of the question; your doctor would be the one to answer that for you.

Alex, i think it'd be wise for you to try out some alternatives, before opting for such an expensive drug. I'd agree with you that it's the best treatment out there, but in my experience, it isn't worth the extra outlay.
Have you ever come across a drug called Dexidrine (dexamphetamine) it's an older amphetamine, but it can be just as effective as Adderall. The only downside is it's only avalible in an instant release form, meaning it needs to be taken about every 4 hours.

Give me a shout if you need help with anything :)

AlexC
07-19-06, 09:32 PM
Yes I have heard of Dexedrine! In fact, I would prefer it. I'm just not sure because when I looked up the drug, I found at first that it wasn't marketed in the UK. Then I found this page (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000742.html) (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000742.html) which I think said at the time it was only for narcolepsy although I just looked now and found ADHD listed as well. So do you know for sure it can be prescribed in the UK and how much less pricey than Adderall is it? Is there a generic version? Would the PCT be more likely to pay out with dex?

I've never heard of the NHS accepting money for prescriptions (aside from the prescription costs). But i'm not saying it's totally out of the question; your doctor would be the one to answer that for you. Slightly confused here; I meant that the NHS would prescribe it and then I would pay for the actual drug.. Did you mean the possibility of paying for the doctor to write a prescription?
Thanks!!

Toby
07-20-06, 09:59 PM
Oh I see what you mean, sorry if I confused you. You'd have to ask your GP, I think the only way you can pay for drugs is if you have them prescribed by a private psychiatrist, but I might be wrong.

I'm on Dex at the moment, it's cheaper by comparison (I think it works out as something like 100 - 150 a year privately), which means the NHS is a lot happier to prescribe it. I can't remember offhand if there are any generics on the market. It wouldn't surprise me if they were, but I doubt they'll work out that much cheaper.

I'd start out with the dex and see how you find it. In my experience Dexidrine has a lot less side effects than Adderall, and it's far easier to get hold of.