View Full Version : Can a family doctor prescribe Adderall?

11-12-05, 08:05 PM
Can a normal family doctor write a prescription for Adderall or it has to be by a specail one?

11-12-05, 08:12 PM
I get my prescription from my family doctor :)

11-12-05, 08:12 PM
Your family doctor will be able to write one.

11-13-05, 06:40 PM
They can, but mine was not willing. I think, since it's a controlled substance, many do not want the responsibility when it's outside their expertise.


11-17-05, 10:42 PM
I think Some family Drs. are pretty knowledgeable about ADHD and feel comfortable prescribing meds for it....others know very little...I think it is really the luck of the all depends on their base of knowledge and their willingness to treat you for it. If your family Dr. appears to know little about ADHD, I would be leary about asking them to prescribe anything, regardless of his/her willingness to prescribe meds.

11-17-05, 11:21 PM
My dad's a GP and...well, his vote in this is "with caution." It's not "can" the family doctor prescribe it--if fully licensed to prescribe meds, yes, yes, they can--it's "will" or "should" they prescribe it. Usually they'll do it if they're working with a therapist who recommends it, or if you're being seen by a psych who's far away and you can't see them every month to get the script, get it. Some won't mess with it at all.

Good Luck. Best bet--get the doc to work with your therapist or whoever it is that focuses on your ADD. They'll be more comfortable with it that way.

11-19-05, 04:54 PM
Yes a GP can prescribe adderall. They will usually do it if they trust you not to abuse it. I have been seeing my doctor for 15 years so he knows me real well. He is usually careful what medications he prescribes. I showed him a report from A psychologist and he didnt ask me any questions when prescribing it to me. All he ask was that I come in every three months for a liver function test. I guess this is a good thing so he and I can see if it is affecting my body in an adverse way.

01-27-06, 03:27 PM
My family doctor I have been going to since I can remember would not prescribe it to me. Time to switch doctors I guess, have an appointment with the new one setup for Thursday.

01-27-06, 10:57 PM
One General Practioner/Family Doctor told me my insurance company (UnitedHealthCare) would only cover an ADD drug if it came from a psychiatrist.

Has anyone ever heard of this?

I'm getting frustrated. I'm finally trying to tackle my problem (I'm 33 years old) and it seems like I can't figure out how to get medication to help me. Quite frankly, it would be easier to go score illegal drugs, as sad as that is.

Any suggestions as to what path I should take?

01-27-06, 11:38 PM
Yes, I've heard of this. Seek out a psychiatrist.

02-09-06, 11:06 AM
One General Practioner/Family Doctor told me my insurance company (UnitedHealthCare) would only cover an ADD drug if it came from a psychiatrist.
I don't doubt this is true but my insurance is UHC and I get my scripts from my family doctor. Maybe because I was receiving it before from a psych they cover it or maybe it's just the plan we have?

Anyway better to see a psych to get an accurate diagnosis if nothing else.


02-09-06, 12:05 PM
My family doctor was willing to prescribe me Strattera after just a short conversation -- but wanted a psychologist to do an evaluation before prescribed a stimulent. My psychologist recommended Concerta or Adderall -- my doctor asked which one I wanted. I went with Concerta -- recently when I asked to try Adderall to see if I got better results -- he said he'd taken all his patients off Adderall. He felt Concerta had a better safety record. So like has been said, it's mostly a matter of will they prescribe it and will the insurance cover it. Hope you can get in to see a psychiatrist or psychologist to do a proper work up and get meds -- theres more to it then just the meds -- the education, support and follow up are important too.


02-09-06, 01:13 PM
My new family doctor prescribes mine. I had my psychologist who is an ADD specialist send him the assessment that she did on me. He agreed with the diagnosis and said it sounded like a classic case and had not problem with prescribing medication for it.

02-09-06, 01:26 PM
How are the meds going for you, Huh?

02-09-06, 01:30 PM
All insurance plans are different.

Some are a bit behind the times, too. Many will not cover ADD medication for adults (because they still think adults don't get ADD)

02-09-06, 02:37 PM
I'm betting they know about Adult ADD but want to put off paying for it as long as possibe! Just a bit cynical, I suppose.:rolleyes:


02-09-06, 02:58 PM
My Psych prescribed mine, but my family doc said on my last appt they are willing to write the Rxs if they have a note from the psych.

02-09-06, 03:59 PM
How are the meds going for you, Huh?
Pretty good so far. He started me at 20mg Adderall XR which I think may have been a little high as an initial dose. After a week my body is getting better adjusted to it. My blood pressure is back to normal after shooting up a bit and my heart rate is around 90-100 bpm. It's helping a little with the procrastination, and helping a lot with the frustration and impulsivity.

I'm having a few side effects: sweating, cold extremeties, some mood dips at the beginning but they have leveled out, tiredness and insonmia at first but have gotten better, and loss of interest in sex.

I found the sex part weird but I think it has to do with the SSRI I'm taking with it. I've read something that adding a stimulant to an ssri will increase it's effectiveness, but I think it is working a little too well and the side effects have increased with it. I was on 20 mg of Lexapro before and sex was fine. Added the adderall and now I don't have much interest in it and feel kind of numb emotionally. I'm lowering my Lexapro dosage to 10mg to see if it helps and hopefully the side effects from the Adderall will get better over time.

02-09-06, 07:13 PM
Fun, fun getting it all balanced out just right! Probably one reason it's nice to have a psychiatrist who knows ADD helping with these things -- my general practioner is a very smart guy, but someone who specialized in balancing different meds would be nice. We have someone like that locally, and I've considered going to see them, but haven't gotten up the gumption to yet.