View Full Version : Are most family Dr.'s/Internists against prescribing Adderall?

03-16-06, 03:00 PM
I started seeing specialists last year for depression with self destructive tendancies. After several months of therapy and seeing the doctor as well, the Dr. concluded I might have ADHD, not depression, and switched the medications accordingly. Well, that was that and my life has been so much better ever since.

My doctor is now moving, so I have to find a new doctor. A letter was written about the treatment plan I'm on, but I thought first I'd call my family doctor because she knew what was going on, maybe she'd refil the Adderall every month as long as I check in and see her.

Only to find out, it's a no go, she doesn't prescribe it at all. So, even though she told me she was glad the specialist figured it out and she knew it was probably life changing from what she sees, it's not a drug she prescribes.

Is this the norm?

In the meantime I will find another specialist, was just surprised a regular doc wouldn't prescribe Adderall.

Any thouhts?

03-16-06, 03:42 PM
I don't think so. I think it's just the particular doctor you got. Maybe they just have issues with some of the side effects possible.

03-16-06, 03:50 PM
Do doctors in the US come under extra scrutiny for prescribing what I guess many health depts consider a drug of dependancy? Maybe its the extra eyes on them they don't like.

In Aus my psychiatrist had to apply to the state health dept to have permission to prescribe ritalin for me. He received written permission back with several conditions. A max of 60mg/day, a max period of 2 years after which permission would have to be sought again, regular reports on how it is going, no other doctor is allowed to prescribe it for me.

If it's similar then maybe it's this that they don't want to dea; with.

03-16-06, 10:08 PM
Do doctors in the US come under extra scrutiny for prescribing what I guess many health depts consider a drug of dependancy? Maybe its the extra eyes on them they don't like.

I don't know if they do or not. I have no idea. I didn't even know what these drugs were until I had to start taking them, and also was told by my prescribing doctor that I couldn't more than a 30 day supply at a time, with no refills, would need a new script every month. Which has worked out fine so far, but now the office is closing and I have to start anew with someone else, am worried that it's going to end up being a problem.

I'm just wondering if family doctors/internists feel a specialist should be prescribing class II drugs, or if it's something else. My family doctor did say she supported me taking the medication, just that it wasn't a script she would get involved with or the monitoring of how I'm doing on it.

Matt S.
03-25-06, 03:08 PM
It depends on the doctor some doctors will give adderall for weight loss and/or depression these days, and you get the ones where you don't need a file or history you can just say that you have ADHD, you get the "under-dosers" who will not give enough of a dose and then you get the ones who overdose you and then there are the "ADHD doesn't exist-- or the you must have grown out of it" doctors... even psychiartists... or even worse... Let's try non-stimulant Straterra...

05-08-06, 05:46 PM
Some doctors simply will not prescribe stimulant medications due to the lengthy paperwork involved. Any doctor with a MD can write a script, but they have the right to say "no." Your doctor sounds like one who would rather recommend you seeing someone who is experianced in ADD than fiddle with things she isn't well versed in. She is doing this for your overall wellbeing, it doesn't mean she is a bad doctor, it means that she knows her limits and wants the best for you.