People who need it may have already known for a while, but the US Food and Drug Administration last month confirmed a shortage of Adderall — one of the most popular brand names of a stimulant commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.
There have been a number of product shortages this year, including baby formula, tampons, and a variety of foods, to name just a few. In its Oct. 12 announcement, the FDA referenced manufacturing issues as a source of the Adderall issue. But as The New York Times speculates, the rising popularity of online ADHD diagnosis websites could mean more people than ever are filling prescriptions for Adderall and other stimulant medications.
If this has left you wondering whether you can depend on your next prescription or when you should turn to another medication, here’s what we know.
Can I switch brands?
During A Shortage of Adderall
Before switching any medication, it’s important to talk to your doctor. And this isn’t just a standard statement to cover the bases of what’s legal or medically safest: There are different families of stimulants prescribed to treat ADHD, and different chemical combinations cause a different interplay in the brain. This is especially important to consider if you may have another mental health condition.
Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist in New York, previously told CNET that stimulants like Adderall may exacerbate symptoms of mood disorders, including bipolar disorder. If you believe you have another mental health or neurodevelopmental condition
or have new symptoms of one, it’s especially important to make sure you’re on an appropriate treatment course that is safe for you.
ADHD is a perplexing condition and treatment can be frustrating for many parents and children, commented says author and renowned natural physician, Dr. Fred Pescatore, in the release.
Parents often feel reluctant to continue with prescription pharmaceuticals due to common side effects. Management of ADHD behavior is pivotal to improved school performance and self-esteem, especially during a child’s formative years. This study suggests a promising natural path option.