View Full Version : Getting worried about Adderall's reputation


jamman1
05-28-17, 03:57 PM
Adderall has been a life-changing drug for me. I was a spaced-out D student before I started taking it and now I'm a college professor with a nice life. That's why it drives me crazy to see people abuse prescription drugs. They are ruining them for the people who actually need them.

I've heard things here and there about doctors not wanting to prescribe Adderall anymore. I think it's mostly a reaction to the abuse of opioids and Adderall just gets lumped in because it's also a controlled substance.

All of this makes me so nervous, because after trying multiple remedies I landed on amphetamines, and that is the drug that makes me a functioning human being.

So what do you guys think? Is the future grim for Adderall? Will doctors just one-by-one decide it isn't worth the hassle? Or will I have it in some form or other for the rest of my life? Should I stop worrying so much? I hate being so dependent on something that is so out of my control.

BricksAreHeavy
05-28-17, 05:13 PM
I think the future of Adderall and its stimulant relatives will be okay as long as there exists enough specialists in the fields of child AND adult ADHD. However, like you said, it seems pretty grim, especially with general psychiatrists and primary care physicians. I understand primary care physicians not knowing much, but it saddens me that so many general psychiatrists are so reluctant to prescribe stimulants to those who benefit.

I am college student and am in this exact predicament. I was diagnosed at 20 y/o and was under treatment, then quit treatment and medication, and now I am looking to go back on medication (I'm already back in treatment), and even with a diagnosis, my pdoc does not want to prescribe me vyvanse, which I was on before...I don't even have a history of substance abuse. It's funny because I've actually had people steal my meds from my dorm before, but I'm the one with the problem.

I am nervous with you on this. I share the same fear that every time I move, I will have to go through this cycle, as one other user put it, "being on trial".

It's upsetting to me because regardless if there exist people who abuse prescription drugs (there always will be), I feel (from what users have said on here) that few psychiatrists (who aren't specialists) will take the time to truly listen to why someone may benefit from them.

I'm also extremely humble and have great respect for those in the profession, which is why I've stuck around for long, because I truly believe they can help me. It's a problem, however, that so many people are discouraged and left feeling hopeless when they go into talk about these problems and what treatment may work.

sarahsweets
05-29-17, 08:30 AM
I think its possible that newer psychiatrists would be more careful prescribing these drugs only because the DEA is breathing down their necks. A more experienced doctor should have experience with these drugs and hopefully have enough of a track record when it comes to monitoring, so that they do not get flagged. I have been seeing my doctor 17b years and three years ago she started drug screening her patients. I had to sign a paper that acknowledged that I knew she could ask for one at any time and I would comply. Ive never been asked to have one again but she told me it was so she could cover her butt when it comes to drug seekers or what may be looked at over-prescribing.
I know here in NJ with opiates, new laws are that a doctor has to meet with the patient every three months no matter what to go over the opiates and has to have a talk everytime with the fact that they could cause addiction.

sarahsweets
05-29-17, 08:50 AM
Adderall has been a life-changing drug for me. I was a spaced-out D student before I started taking it and now I'm a college professor with a nice life. That's why it drives me crazy to see people abuse prescription drugs. They are ruining them for the people who actually need them.

I've heard things here and there about doctors not wanting to prescribe Adderall anymore. I think it's mostly a reaction to the abuse of opioids and Adderall just gets lumped in because it's also a controlled substance.

All of this makes me so nervous, because after trying multiple remedies I landed on amphetamines, and that is the drug that makes me a functioning human being.

So what do you guys think? Is the future grim for Adderall? Will doctors just one-by-one decide it isn't worth the hassle? Or will I have it in some form or other for the rest of my life? Should I stop worrying so much? I hate being so dependent on something that is so out of my control.

wow-wee, Ive never heard of adderall make you go from a d student all the way to professor with a nice life. Thats amazing!