Your pharmacy may not have the Adderall generic Ampheta/Dextro Combo 10 mg nor anytime soon!
My preferred Walmart pharmacy is out of Ampheta/Dextro Combo 10 mg nor. CVS does not have any in stock either. Both pharmacies say their supply has been on back-order. Worse, they do not see that changing soon.
Right now I’m waiting to see if my doctor can send a script to a local Walgreens where they have 70. I need 60. The Walgreens pharmacist says when those are gone; he does not know when more will come in either.
Also, Walmart has the 5 mg version in stock. But it is not an extended-release pill. So doubling up the dosing would not have the same benefit as the ER med.
Walmart and CVS have this Adderall blend on back-order.
A drug rep friend of mine from Houston says she’s not aware of the situation with Adderall; it’s not one of her meds. But she cautions, “There is a shortage of other drugs.”
She also noted that this may be a regional problem while cautioning:
“You wouldn’t see shortages in one state. They (pharmacies) would just buy from other states.”
My gut tells me this is a problem that’s going to worsen. With so many meds produced in countries other than the United States, we are on a sticky wicket.
My Walmart pharmacist suggested I make calls to CVS and Walgreens. We do not have Rite Aid here in North Texas. She said they might use different suppliers and might have some in stock.
If my physician responds before the Walgreens runs out, he can write a new script for that pharmacy. A one-time thing.
How long will the Adderall shortage last?
Per my Walmart pharmacist, they do not know when more of the drug will arrive. The pharmacist at CVS said she does not know the extent of the shortage, but that it’s “been on back-order.”
In doing some internet research, there are posts about this problem over the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, my pharmacist says she does not expect a supply of Adderall soon.
Reporter Serena Gordon from HealthDay cites the following on MedicineNet.com:
Addressing the supply of ADHD meds like Adderall.
The Drug Enforcement Administration limits the production to curtail the illegal use of Adderall. But a doctor quoted in the story says that he’s not exactly sure about what’s causing the shortage. Pharmacies are reporting their shortages to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To see if your med is on the database, this link will take you to the FDA’s database on drug shortages.
If you’re looking for a rapid response from either of these two bureaucratic agencies, good luck!
Kindly let me know if your chain pharmacy has recently filled your own script. Either make a suggestion in the comments or send me a personal note.
Solution: If a drug shortage is affecting you or a family member, consider the advice of my own pharmacist, too.
Make some phone calls to determine if other drug store chains are experiencing shortages of Adderall or the generic, Ampheta/Dextro Combo 10 mg nor.
My hope is this will resolve your situation. If you find a CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, et al. that has any drug listed on the shortage list, call your doctor and ask them to call in a one-time change for your prescription.
There also are internet websites that allow you to do a telehealth call with a doctor. The care provider will ask some questions, and if you meet the standards, will supply the med to those in need.
I took my last pill today.
I’m supposed to take two per day. One at 4 a.m. when I get up to begin working. And another at noon during lunch.
Wish I’d known of this problem before running out of meds. I would have started cutting the pills in half. You’re not supposed to cut your medicine without consulting your doctor, and I am NOT advocating you do this. I will also say, do NOT do this without consulting your physician.
Yet in the practical sense, I wish I’d known of the problem last week. So here, don’t make the same mistake as me.
Please, let me know if you find some Adderall with your favorite pharmacy.
Other suggestions are welcome, too!