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    Teva purchased Actavis. According to the TeVault website, they are still manufacturing a Brand Equivalent generic Methylphenidate with the OROS delivery system:
    https://www.tevagenerics.com/product/methylphenidate-hydrochloride-extended-release-tablets-usp-cii

    This page has country-specific contact information to inquire about Teva generics formerly produced by Actavis:
    https://www.tevapharm.com/integration/

    As of Dec 12, 2018 my local Walgreens filled my scrip with alza capsules and the label listed “MFG Actavis”

    Please contact the FDA to report problems with non-OROS generics. They do follow up:
    https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/howtoreport/ucm053074.htm

    weisla
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    First, you are not a bad mum! You are struggling and spending time looking for solutions precisely because you are a caring parent who wants the best for your family! Here are a few things that have helped me:

    1. Diagnosis & treatment: I was diagnosed in my 30’s, before kids. I started medication therapy & tried several meds before settling on Concerta. I went off Concerta while pregnant & nursing which was really hard. Occasionally now I stop taking it and always go back on when I realize how unmanageable my life has become. Concerta also helps with my anxiety, since I can function and don’t feel so overwhelmed. Meds don’t work for everyone but for me it’s really helped.

    2. Planning that acknowledges my needs & preferences: I try to balance day to day life with some routine & some spontaneity. My ADD brain hates to be constrained by something so mundane as a plan! If my ADD wasn’t “managed” I’d flow through each day from one spontaneous impulse to the next. Unfortunately this creates stress & anxiety since I have to interact with the rest of the world! I try to stick to routine for anything related to external schedules – getting up, ready, and to work/school on time. For things over which I have more control I plan loosely, to combine organization with room for spontaneity. I hate meal planning, and chafe at deciding what to eat for Thursday dinner on Sunday. Instead I cook a few big batches over the weekend of fairly healthy things we like and reheat and/or freeze well. Then we have choices, but avoid the drag of daily shopping/cooking. Cooking methods that don’t need precise timing are ideal – long slow oven or slow cooking, and I love my electric pressure cooker – it’s fast and I can walk away & forget about it without ruining the meal. I shop for fresh veggies (pre-prepped salad or convenience items ready to cook – cost more but save money over throwing away food I forgot to cook) & fruit to round out meals.

    Morning Routine: Get as much done as possible the night before. My day is guaranteed to have a smoother start if lunch is made & clothes picked out. My ADD preschooler is going through a “dress by himself in outlandish outfits he chooses himself” phase, so I try to respect it. I let him watch a video while eating breakfast if he sticks to other parts of the morning routine which gives me a little sanity to get ready. Pick your battles and, even better, avoid them by doing the most stressful things in advance when possible.

    3. Household chores: I’m a binger with cleaning, organizing, taking care of the garden, etc. so things usually go undone until I find energy & focus to tackle them. I would prefer to master a routine (like flylady) but haven’t achieved this yet. I focus on keeping up with cleanliness, despite the clutter (clean bathrooms, vacuum/sweep & mop floors, change bedding, laundry, etc.). I often have big piles of laundry washed & dried but not folded or put away, so it isn’t perfect, but less stressful than nothing clean to wear. I purposely bought a drier with a steam dewrinkle cycle and use it often. I never got into flylady, but really like the “slob blog” and related books by Dana White.

    4. Be realistic: Stop reading organizing solutions designed by people who don’t understand ADD. They usually have the opposite effect. Read all you can about organizing for ADD (Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan Pinsky is good for everyday household organization – it completely changed my perspective on why most of the popular organizing strategies weren’t working for me).

    weisla
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    Me too! I have a very demanding job, a four year old hurtling toward his own ADD diagnosis, and find parenting and household organization the greatest challenge in my life. You are not alone! I am trying to accept that I am who I am and stop trying to hide my mess from the world. I’ve avoided inviting other kids over to play but now I’m just admitting that I’m ADD and trying to stop apologizing for it.

    in reply to: Amneal Generic Concerta 18 mg HELP #101190
    weisla
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    I had a similarly bad reaction when CVS switched from Actavis to a generic 36mg concerta manufactured by Trigen Labs last year. I found the Actavis at Walgreens and have been filling my prescription there since. I recently picked up a new bottle and it is still Actavis (filled 9/19). I hope Walgreens isn’t going to discontinue Actavis! Please do file an adverse reaction report with the FDA. I did for the Trigen and the FDA followed up with me by phone. The Trigen 36mg was eventually recalled.

    in reply to: Anxiety or ADHD? #86549
    weisla
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    I started with Strattera, and developed bad depressive symptoms within a few weeks. Also tried Vyvanse and felt awful. I get the best results from Concerta, and occasionally supplement with immediate release Ritalin, or take it instead. I prefer Concerta as I have a hard time getting the dosing right for Ritalin. I take a generic form of Methylphenidate for both of these. Concerta worked well for me from the start, though I did have headaches for a few days.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by weisla.
    in reply to: Anxiety or ADHD? #86402
    weisla
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    I was treated for anxiety & some depression (mainly anxiety) for years with limited success. Like you, I was high functioning, did well in school, but faced challenges as an adult in the professional world. I was finally diagnosed with ADD in my 30’s. ADD treatment (including stimulant meds) has made a HUGE improvement in my anxiety/depression symptoms – more than any previous treatment, including Effexor & years of therapy.

    weisla
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    I learned today that the TL708 36mg pills distributed by Trigen Labs have been recalled. I’ve been successfully getting the Actavis 36mg from Walgreens, but wonder what CVS Caremark is doing since the Trigen recall. I fill locally every 30 days, but would like to try mail order for 90 days. My Blue Cross plan uses CVS Caremark for mail order, so I think I’m out of luck unless CVS started carrying Actavis again.

    weisla
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    Thank you, I just called my local Walgreens and they have it in stock. I hope they continue to carry it!

    weisla
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    I was switched from Azla to Trigen by CVS in December. My 36mg Trigen pill is a round white tablet that reads TL 708. I am a 43yo woman who has taken the Alza generic successfully for several years, since diagnosed with ADD in my 30’s. The Azla OROS delivery system worked wonders for me, the TL pill is a nightmare. Some days (like today) it is totally ineffective – might as well be a placebo – other days I’ve experienced significant irritability. I went into CVS and spoke with a pharmacist who said that they can no longer get the Azla generic as the entire CVS chain is switching over to Trigen Labs. He advised me to ask my physician to write a “brand medically necessary” prescription for Concerta, which would cost me $180 a month instead of my usual $30 co-pay for generic. This means another visit to the doctor to start a new prescription approval process with my insurance company – I just did the annual (totally frustrating) process a month ago. According to the rep I spoke with at Blue Cross, they will deny unless I can demonstrate that amphetamines did not work for me. As Dionna above, I am so frustrated that my life has been turned upside down with no notification or viable alternative to medication that worked very well for me for years.

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