View Full Version : Moving to the UK


gopher
04-27-09, 05:35 AM
I've been diagnosed with ADD and taking Adderall for a while now. Currently I'm still traveling back and forth between the US and the UK once a month, so I'll usually just fill the prescription in the US. The next 4-6 months however there's not going to be any travel, so I need to get my medication in the UK.

The actual meds itself aren't the issue, I'm aware that Adderall is "off-license" and may be harder to get a hold of and that I won't like the price. I may also try other meds. That's not the problem though.

How do I go about getting the actual prescription? I would assume I can't simply book an appointment with any doctor, mentioned that I've been diagnosed with ADD and walk out with a new prescription. From reading this forum it seems like a fairly drawn out and frustrating process? Oh and I wouldn't have to be going through the NHS, so I'm very flexible with doctors.

Thanks!

Horiz
05-02-09, 05:01 AM
Well judging by the others on this forum who've been on Adderall, you'll need a private psychiatrist and a private prescription, after all of that is paid for (which can cost a lot) then you're talking about paying something like 6 per pill, dose reguardless.

firstdesserts
05-02-09, 10:26 AM
Ask about having the prescription sent through the mail or UPS.

Stace
05-04-09, 06:26 PM
You could try Dr Soutzos:

http://www.soutzos.com/

Providing you take some sort of confirmation of diagnosis, there's no reason why he won't waive his normal hour first appointment and treat you in a half hour slot. This costs 185.00.

You can register with a GP and you can get Dexedrine and Ritalin on the NHS providing a psychiatrist like Dr Soutzos instructs them.

You can also get Adderall here, but it will depend upon which chemist you go to and what deals the Psychiatrist has managed to secure. Prices vary. The current exchange rate doesn't help at all, and last time I paid they were about 8.50 per tab.

I have taken both Adderall and Dexedrine, and both work extremely well for me. Dexedrine has less side effects but is not as good for socialising and handling people.

Good luck :)

gopher
05-05-09, 12:18 AM
Thanks, sending it over the UK wouldn't work unfortunately as they can only prescribe it for up to 3 months, and then I'm not even sure if that exception applies to NY.

I'll give Dr. Soutzos a try, thanks Stace. And $15 per tablet? Sounds like ursury to me, that's beyond taking a healthy margin. I'd be paying half of my rent just for a months worth of medication, damn.

firstdesserts
05-05-09, 12:44 AM
I meant one prescription (bottle) a month.

Stace
05-05-09, 05:16 AM
Thanks, sending it over the UK wouldn't work unfortunately as they can only prescribe it for up to 3 months, and then I'm not even sure if that exception applies to NY.

I'll give Dr. Soutzos a try, thanks Stace. And $15 per tablet? Sounds like ursury to me, that's beyond taking a healthy margin. I'd be paying half of my rent just for a months worth of medication, damn.

Apparently it's the exporters/importers who are making the money, and apparently the situation exists because Adderall has a US patent (?)

I used to see Dr Zamar, who used to prescribe Adderall, and he insisted on seeing me once a month. So it cost me 175.00 per month for a consultation, and 200.00 per month for Adderall. I switched to Dr Soutzos because I could in no way sustain the cost, and I felt that I was avoiding the correct dose of Adderall because of this.

I found Dr Soutzos to have a much more practical approach. My GP prescribes Dexedrine every month for 7.10, and Dr Soutzos sees me every other month at the moment (these appointments may become less frequent in time when he gets to know me) for 185.00.

The NICE guidelines to prescribing meds for adults with ADHD changed in September to accommodate adults, which means (I think) that the GP you register with does have to take instruction from a psychiatrist. However, given the cost of Adderall, I would suggest you talk to your psychiatrist in the US about Ritalin and Dexedrine before you come here. Adderall suited me fine, but I hated Ritalin, and Dexedrine is very much a second choice of treatment. If I was you, and I found that I had to have a UK script, I'd try and sample both of these meds before coming over.

Bumblebee
05-09-10, 04:36 PM
Apparently it's the exporters/importers who are making the money, and apparently the situation exists because Adderall has a US patent (?)

I used to see Dr Zamar, who used to prescribe Adderall, and he insisted on seeing me once a month. So it cost me 175.00 per month for a consultation, and 200.00 per month for Adderall. I switched to Dr Soutzos because I could in no way sustain the cost, and I felt that I was avoiding the correct dose of Adderall because of this.

I found Dr Soutzos to have a much more practical approach. My GP prescribes Dexedrine every month for 7.10, and Dr Soutzos sees me every other month at the moment (these appointments may become less frequent in time when he gets to know me) for 185.00.

The NICE guidelines to prescribing meds for adults with ADHD changed in September to accommodate adults, which means (I think) that the GP you register with does have to take instruction from a psychiatrist. However, given the cost of Adderall, I would suggest you talk to your psychiatrist in the US about Ritalin and Dexedrine before you come here. Adderall suited me fine, but I hated Ritalin, and Dexedrine is very much a second choice of treatment. If I was you, and I found that I had to have a UK script, I'd try and sample both of these meds before coming over.

Stace: Fellow brit here. :) May I ask why you see Dr Soutzos every other month despite getting the medicine from the NHS? Is that for therapy or just a short 30 min or so checkup? Trying to get out of private care and just get my Dex via NHS because of the financial cost, but it all seems rather complicated...

jaminja
05-19-10, 09:45 PM
The NICE guidelines to prescribing meds for adults with ADHD changed in September to accommodate adults, which means (I think) that the GP you register with does have to take instruction from a psychiatrist. However, given the cost of Adderall, I would suggest you talk to your psychiatrist in the US about Ritalin and Dexedrine before you come here. Adderall suited me fine, but I hated Ritalin, and Dexedrine is very much a second choice of treatment. If I was you, and I found that I had to have a UK script, I'd try and sample both of these meds before coming over.

Wow - I've been prescribed Ritalin for the last six months on the good 'ol NHS, have a feeling that Dexedrine/Adderall would be much better. I know from previous experience (ahem) that amphetamine-based meds work for me, so now I'm unsure whether to give Dexedrine a try on the NHS or save up and get an appt privately -- you say Dexedrine is second choice, but is Adderall worth 200ukp+/month?Cheers......j