Generic Focalin

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Generic Focalin
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Wed, 10-07-2009 - 10:42am

Man, as if filling ADHD scripts isn't hard enough with having to be mailed or hand-pick up a new script every 30 days. Now whoever makes generic Focalin for CVS seems to have stopped making it. Not the XR--that doesn't even have a generic--but the stuff we use for homework boosters. First, I had a script for 2.5 mg tablets; then they told me they *would* have 5 mg ones, but of course, that was a mistake & by the time I got the new script (I checked a couple other pharmacies 1st), none left & it is also discontinued. Hopefully their order for the name-brand stuff will come in today--because he has homework, and we are OUT. Name brand will, of course, be more expensive for me. Oh, and add in them kindly calling around to other stores to see if someone had what I needed...and the idiot other store said "sure"...I get there, and it's Focalin XR. Idiots...I heard the phone call, I know it was said properly on my end.

ARGH.

Anyone else having this fun? And if you're using this & NOT having this fun, what pharmacy, please?

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 11-10-2003
In reply to: meganmca
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 11:48am
We had the same problem. I didn't realize that it was discontinued, though. Very frustrating, especially with the tight restrictions on this prescription in the first place. They refused to fill my rx with 2.5 and give the equivalent of the 5mg and no one else locally had it either. They also don't even carry the brand name so I couldn't get it filled that way either.
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In reply to: meganmca
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 4:38pm
Hi, I had the same exact problem.
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In reply to: meganmca
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 9:39pm

My son takes Focalin XR 10 mg during the day and his booster is generic Ritalin 5 mg.

Kathy

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In reply to: meganmca
Thu, 10-08-2009 - 1:07pm

They had to specially order the brand name for me; I think they'll be stocking it from here on out.

Ritalin instead of focalin: Yes, but a lot of the reason I love focalin is it helps with the not-falling-asleep side-effect of ritalin (in my kid!), so I don't want to give him that darned L-isomer in the afternoon/evening. If that makes sense?

I asked when I picked up the script (took 30 min, they'd misplaced the script & it hadn't gone into the computer, took calling the person who took the script at home when she was sick, but they did it...this is officially the nightmare script!) and they think the generic got pulled because the name-brand & generic companies are having a patent fight about it.

Independants...now that's a thought...hmmmmmm.

Thanks!!!

Megan
Megan
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In reply to: meganmca
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 8:23pm

we boost with generic ritalin too.

Cindy, mom to

Chris, 12/96, ADHD and sensory issues

Ryan, 10/99

and Meagan, 10/02