The Adderall Shortage: Why It’s Still Happening and What to Do if You Can’t Get Your Meds
By Fran Kritz, Apr 7, 2023
If your usual medication is unavailable, ask your prescriber about the availability of smaller doses, or if larger doses can be divided into smaller ones, such as splitting a 10-milligram tablet into to 5-milligram ones, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in Menlo Park, California, who prescribes stimulants for some of his patients with ADHD, and a medical reviewer for Everyday Health. There may also be an extended-release version of certain medications such as Adderall XR, which may work for you, Dr. Dimitriu adds. They don’t need to be taken as frequently as other ADHD medications. If you find yourself responding differently to an alternate medication dose — or if you notice new or worsening side effects — talk to your doctor, says Dimitriu.
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