Adderall XR problems w/name vs generic

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Registered: 07-15-2009
Adderall XR problems w/name vs generic
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Wed, 07-15-2009 - 2:36pm

Hello! I am new to this, so, please "bear with me."


I was hoping that maybe someone here could tell me of their experience w/their child changing from Adderall XR 30 mg-name brand, to the generic version.


My son will be 9 y/o in a few days. He has seen 3 psychologists and a neurpsychologist (I know a neuropsychologist is a psychologist, but I wanted to be as clear as I could :-) ). They have dx him with ADHD and "Mood Disorder NOS."


As a "side note," his pediatrician, after reviewing the reports from the psychologists and the neuropsychologist has stated that he is "clinically depressed" and put him on 20 mg of Prozac (the generic form).


Van

Mommy to two bugs & one blossom

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 07-15-2009 - 3:01pm

HI and welcome!


It could be something as simple as an artificial color in the new med. Generics have the same ACTIVE ingredients, but the INACTIVE ones are sometimes the ones that cause problems.


It could also be time for a med change, but I would strongly recommend going to the name brand again and trying it first. The Pharmacy cannot force you to get a generic, but you may have to insist on a name brand.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 10-09-2004
Wed, 07-15-2009 - 3:31pm

My son was on Focalin XR and it quit working for him, so his ped. changed him to Adderall XR and he became a nightmare.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 07-15-2009 - 3:31pm

No personal experience here, but my son's Dr mentioned that he's been seeing problems like you say with the Adderall generic being ineffective/different--it's probably different for different kids. For instance, most of us are fine taking generic ibuprofen, but I have a friend for whom only real Advil works.

Not sure where you are--in our state (MA), the law is the pharmacy has to give us the generic unless the Dr writes "No Substitutions" or something like that on the form, so if it were me, I'd have to get a fresh script. Whatever the case is for you, I'd be heading back for the non-generic.

Megan
Megan
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Wed, 07-15-2009 - 3:32pm

Sorry to bother you cl-baykrismom, but I have to ask about something you said.


The Pharmacy cannot force you to get a generic, but you may have to insist on a name brand.


The pharmacy told us that our insurance said we had to take generic if it was available or we had to pay full cash price. Have you ever heard of this?

Van


Mommy to two bugs & one blossom

Van

Mommy to two bugs & one blossom

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 07-15-2009 - 4:07pm

Yes, if your insurance will only pay for a generic then you have to pay the full price out of pocket, usually.


In my state they cannot force a generic however, if you refuse it you have to pay...not the insurance.


A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 9:11am

For what it's worth--Vyvanse is just Adderall with an extra little bit tagged on, I think the idea was to make it easier on the kids' appetite or something. Anyhow, THAT doesn't have a generic form, so you'd be OK there.

Idiot insurance companies, that one shows up all over the place. You'd think that the fact that *we* get charged more for name-brand than for generic would make us use generic whenever we could sufficiently, but noooooooo... Though, you might check with your insurance company, some of them aren't quite as evil as the pharmacies think they are sometimes.

Megan
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Sun, 07-19-2009 - 10:16am

YES, I have heard this. My almost 11 yr old grandson had no problems with the 5 mg name brand ADDERAL. As soon as he was switched to the Generic, he had stomach problems, nausea and diarrhea. He is on S-Chip, so

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-21-2009 - 9:35am
You could try having the Dr write a letter to the insurance company substantiating how only the brand version will work.

Cindy, mom to

Chris, 12/96, ADHD and sensory issues

Ryan, 10/99

and Meagan, 10/02

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Wed, 07-22-2009 - 12:44am

As someone who has taken both, there is definitely a difference! I had done a bit of research before I tried the generic, as there are 2 makers - Barr (owned by Shire, who holds the brand name), and Teva. Most said don't try Teva, but Barr is very similar. Wrong...


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Registered: 09-10-2004
Sat, 07-25-2009 - 9:24am
My son's doctor just changed his medicine from Daytrana 10mg to Adderall XR 5mg. When I went to the pharmacy to fill it, I asked for the generic (I hadn't done my research, clearly!). The pharmacist said that my insurance wouldn't cover the generic...only the original version. I've NEVER heard of that!

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