My doctor is no longer seeing patients and I’m out of meds. Help!

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      My doctor, who I’ve seen for years, is no longer seeing patients. I’ve been on adderall for years. I take a higher dose bc I also have narcolepsy, but I take it as prescribed and it works well. How do I find a new doctor? The ones I’ve spoken with so far either won’t write a rx for anything above 40 mg a day, or they’re so busy it will be 2 or 3 months before I can get an appointment. I dont know what to do. Please help!

    • #195685

      Hey there,
      ADD meds are so tricky these days and every doctor operates differently. However, if you have been on a dosage plan higher than 40mg a day, I want to think that most doctors would at least start out at your normal dosage and work downwards rather than totally disregarding it. Is your doctor retiring? Does he have a nurse that still returns phone calls? If so, you need to call the RN and ask for guidance. I’ve had a long-term doctor retire but she told me exactly what to do about this beforehand. The only other advice I have is trying to get in with a new doctor that is in the same clinic. If this is not possible, you need to ask your prior doctor or his or her nurse exactly what to do. Most doctors will offer or give you a plan to move forward with no changes in your life if they are retiring or leaving practice. Best of luck to you.

    • #195692

      I feel your frustration. I have gone through 4 doctors during the past 12 months trying to find a physician willing prescribe a stimulant for patients over 55. The disappointment and anxiety is overwhelming.
      Then I found ADDITUDE and began listening to the webinars. I found a link under Menu>ADHD TREATMENT >FIND ADHD SPECIALISTS (organized by state). I located 2 very knowledgeable ADHD physicians that prescribe stimulant medication for all age groups. Try this and hopefully you will find a match! Good Luck!

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      Penny Williams

      Is your doctor’s office still taking calls? If so, call and explain the situation and ask if your former physician can write a script for a couple months and recommend a new clinician. Or if someone else in the office can.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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