View Full Version : Just a ^%*(&^$* simple question! What meds available in Canada?


hollyduck
06-28-08, 09:33 AM
This morning I have been searching thru the Health Canada website for the answer to a simple question: what meds are approved for ADHD in Canada?

Nil. Nada. Nothing doing. Plenty of press releases about warnings, withdrawals, etc but no simple easy list of meds.

Am I missing something here? Did I not say the Magic Word?

Ducky

~splash, splash, splash...~

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meadd823
06-28-08, 09:52 AM
Umm holly would the drugs which have the increased warning be an indicator as to which drugs are used -


is adderall xr (http://www.drugs.com/cons/adderall-xr.html)looked up on drug.com and clicked the advanced consumer option and it gave me a listing of what the medication s are sold under in Canada. . .

ritalin (http://www.drugs.com/cons/ritalin.html)


provigil (http://www.drugs.com/cons/provigil.html) doesn't have a listing for Canada so that is probably a clue I would take it as one any way


strattera (http://www.drugs.com/cons/strattera.html)

the only other thing I found was the table listed in this (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2006/2006_35-eng.php)

I hope this helps some if nothing else it lets you know you didn't rant in vain?

MissAdhd
06-28-08, 01:44 PM
There are currently three types of stimulant medications available in Canada:

methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Ritalin SR®, Concerta®, Biphentin®, generic agents)
dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®, Dexedrine Spansules®)
mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall XR®)

MissAdhd
06-28-08, 01:47 PM
http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/June2008/26/c7949.html

QueensU_girl
06-28-08, 02:49 PM
Adderall IR ($$$) is n/a in Canada. (Last I heard/read.)

Adderall XR ($$$) is available here (a few strengths).

Dexedrine IR (tablets) and extended release capsules ('dextrostat'?; a few strengths) are available.

Concerta ($$$) is here

Ritalin (brand name and generics; IR version and Extended versions) is here

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re: Insurance

As Dexedrine and Ritalin (all versions) are generally 'cheap', this is the brand most often covered by insurance/drug plans/gov't drug benefits.

hollyduck
06-28-08, 05:10 PM
Thanks. I guess I was annoyed because it seemed like a no-brainer to me that they might have such a list somewhere on their site, but all I found were the Dire Warnings.

I'm just prepping for when I go in to talk to my GP.

Ta-ta for now,

Ducky

calvary1980
08-03-08, 10:31 AM
all prescription stimulants available in canada are below.

PDF: http://www.purdue.ca/pdf/Pill%20Brochure%202007%20eng.pdf
JPG: http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/4819/medsks6.jpg
JPG Mirror: http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?9a1751208c.jpg

you will notice a drug you never heard before called Biphentin it's another version of Concerta exclusive to Canadians I think. it comes in multiple strengths and it's delivery system releases 44% of it's medication within metabolization Concerta only releases 22% people on Concerta may want to discuss switching.

i'm not sure but I think vyvanse is coming soon.

- Christine

SuzzanneX
08-03-08, 12:19 PM
I got some canadians on my board, on meds...one is on pretty much everything! LOL! (crazy, like me).....I'll ask for you.

hollyduck
08-03-08, 03:02 PM
Just a quick update, gang. I'm titrating up on Ritalin SR, 2 weeks each on 20 mg, 40 mg, and now beginning 60 mg. We will top out at 80 mg unless 60 does the trick -- typically 1 mg/kg is a dose yielding robust effects in adults.I'm happy to report nothing much for side effects. Talk to you later,

Ducky

SuzzanneX
08-03-08, 07:46 PM
here's the answer:


As far as I know only Ritalin and dexedrine are available ,
but are strictly regulated.

This site might help some.

http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?111

calvary1980
08-03-08, 07:48 PM
I just gave you guys the answer.

- Christine

hollyduck
08-03-08, 08:47 PM
I just gave you guys the answer.

- Christine

Yes, and thanks again. I printed it out in colour and will keep it handy. --Ducky

SuzzanneX
08-03-08, 09:02 PM
just "THE ANSWER" my friend gave me! lol!

Mincan
08-03-08, 11:38 PM
As far as I know only Ritalin and dexedrine are available ,
but are strictly regulated.

Ritalin and Dexedrine are only Schedule III in Canada, II in US.

hollyduck
08-05-08, 08:59 AM
Ritalin and Dexedrine are only Schedule III in Canada, II in US.

But still tightly controlled. My scrip wasn't a standard scribble-sheet, it was specially printed out on a numbered form, and was READABLE!

By contrast, some codeine formulations (cough syrup for sure) are under the counter at pharmacies to prevent theft, but do not require a prescription. For someone with a cough, they are cheap and effective (maybe $6 per bottle.) I always have a bottle around for my rare but tectonic coughing bouts.

But they are weak enough that no-one with a serious habit could afford to buy enough to get a giggle, much less a rush.

Codeine has been treated as a non-issue for as long as I have been in Canada, around 35 years.

Psychedelic Ducky

calvary1980
08-05-08, 09:02 AM
what do you mean numbered form?

they stopped using script pads years ago, it's all computers now.

- Christine

Imnapl
08-05-08, 10:13 AM
what do you mean numbered form?

they stopped using script pads years ago, it's all computers now.

- ChristineRitalin has been a regular scrip for several years in B.C.. Most of the time I get a computer print out prescription, but once in a while, a doctor at my clinic will use an old prescription pad. I'll have to ask if it happens again. Maybe they forgot their password?

calvary1980
08-05-08, 10:45 AM
I think they did it for security reasons. the clinic I go to is pretty "up there" they got a running waterfall in the front foyer lol. every room has a mac computer which handles all medical history and scripts.

the script software looks similar to this http://www.pdausa.org/Images/screenshots/SavedScript.jpg but without the DEA numbers Americans have to deal with.

I know a oral surgeon I went to used a script pad.

- Christine

hollyduck
08-05-08, 02:55 PM
what do you mean numbered form?

they stopped using script pads years ago, it's all computers now.

- Christine

Well, most of the scrips I've had from this clinic over the years are just written on a pad and signed and passed over.

I can't swear the printed scrip I got for Ritalin is numbered -- I was typing faster than thinking, or maybe vice versa. But it had a lot of data and whatnot printed out (not written in) I will have a closer look when I get the next one.

Ducky
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Prusilusken
08-05-08, 03:53 PM
Ducky
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Heeheeheee!!! :D
You just made my day, Duckster!
Thank you for that!

Had same trouble when I tried to find a Danish list of approved ADHD drugs.
I tried making one with help from others on the Danish ADHD Association's forum, but I gave up...

I do know that Adderall is not available, though.

calvary1980
08-18-08, 11:45 AM
I think this should be sticky instead.

http://www.rxfiles.ca/rxfiles/uploads/documents/ADHD-Newsletter.pdf

it's from rxfiles and dated 2008. it's almost like a teaching guide for canadian psychiatrists on ADHD. monitoring protocols, dependence protocols, drug selection, side effect treatments, drugs, titration and prices.

this should apply to Australia too.

- Christine

meadd823
08-21-08, 08:13 AM
I think this should be sticky instead.

I only bite mean people:rolleyes: however I do take request :D-

I think that the information on this thread is valuable so stuck it is however if I stuck the wrong thing simply PM me and let me know. . . .

Apologies it has taken some time for me to get down here. . . .

Pallet40
10-28-08, 08:15 PM
Most relevant medications are readily available in Canada, the only problem is price. They are almost all cheaper in the United States. Too bad you're not allowed to do that kind of shopping across the border.

Werl
06-18-10, 01:45 PM
If any body hasn't mentioned it, Wellbutrin is available in Canada.