May 02, 2018
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a long-acting stimulant medication used in adults with ADHD, is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs. Given that 60% of adults who were children with ADHD have symptoms that persist to adulthood, long-term treatment may be necessary.
If you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, what are some lesser-known but important things you should know?
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October 23, 2017
Let’s start with the bad news. Vyvanse—a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is really expensive. Many similar (but not exactly the same) drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but Vyvanse isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for you, how can you make it affordable?
Here’s some information about Vyanvse and how you can save. See More
April 22, 2016
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affects around 11% of children ages 4 to 17 years of age, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)—and that number continues to rise.
New Quillichew ER (methylphenidate) may offer an easier way to take ADHD medication, for children or anyone who prefers not to swallow a pill. It was approved in December 2015, and is now available in pharmacies. See More
January 15, 2016
Manufacturer Noven Therapeutics has issued a voluntary recall of three strengths of the Daytrana patch, a topical (used on the skin) ADHD treatment.
This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects is small. See More
November 16, 2015
Pharmaceutical manufacturers released a number of new prescription drugs in 2015. Some of these new drugs are truly lifesavers . . . and some aren’t. Either way, pharmaceutical companies will be spending lots of money to let you know about them—you’ll be seeing them on the sides of buses and in TV commercials for quite a while.
As a doctor, I’m always excited about improvements that help patients. Some of the drugs below can really make a difference. See More
July 09, 2015
Manufacturer Teva has issued a voluntary recall of two lots of generic Adderall, also known as amphetamine salts or amphetamine salt combo.
This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the probability of serious adverse effects is remote. For more information on the different types of recalls, see our overview here. See More
July 08, 2015
The FDA has issued a warning for the Daytrana topical patch, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
According to the FDA, the Daytrana patch can cause permanent loss of skin color, which is a skin condition also known as chemical leukoderma.
How does the Daytrana patch work?
The Daytrana patch delivers the medication, methylphenidate, through your skin and into the bloodstream. The patch releases medication continuously and can be worn for up to 9 hours. See More
January 03, 2015
Within the past few years, the FDA has given the okay for generic manufacturers to market generic versions of brand name Concerta (methylphenidate ER).
However, you may or may not know that Concerta is the only ADHD medication with a very unique delivery system referred to as OROS (osmotic controlled-release oral delivery system).
Several manufacturers have been making generic methylphendiate ER, however, the FDA has had some concerns over whether the various generic products are therapeutically equivalent. See More
August 20, 2014
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
April 15, 2014
Just a few years ago, ADHD med Concerta (methylphenidate ER) received the okay from the FDA for a generic version, making the less expensive methylphenidate ER available as an alternative.
However, you may or may not know that brand name Concerta has a very unique delivery system, OROS (Osmotic [Controlled] Release Oral [Delivery] System). This is the way in which the medication is released from the tablet throughout the day once it has been ingested. See More