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The Stimulant Shortage and How You Can Help

In recent months, the United States has been grappling with

a significant shortage of medications used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition affecting millions across the country. This shortage has not only disrupted treatment regimens but also raised concerns about the broader implications for individuals reliant on these medications for daily functioning and quality of life.

Understanding ADHD and Its Treatment

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by

symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It affects children and adults, influencing their academic, professional, and social lives. The primary treatment for ADHD includes stimulant medications like methylphenidate and amphetamines, which are effective in managing symptoms for many patients.

The Shortage Crisis

The shortage of ADHD medications, particularly stimulants, has become a pressing issue. Factors contributing to this shortage include manufacturing delays, supply chain disruptions, and increased demand. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these challenges, leading to unprecedented strain on the pharmaceutical supply chain. With nothing but time on their hands, the pandemic led many people to seek care for their untreated mental illness. During this unprecedented time, policies that required in-person visits prior to the prescribing of controlled substances were halted, allowing a wave of telehealth providers to begin over diagnosing patients, and recklessly prescribing these substances without much hassle.

Many patients rely on this medication to function in their daily lives and the thought of being without it is tough to fathom. This leaves many patients contacting various pharmacies in their area or driving many hours to pharmacies in other areas that may have the drug available.

Impact on the ADHD Community

The shortage of ADHD medications has profound implications,

such as:

Disruption of Treatment: Consistency in medication is crucial for managing ADHD symptoms. The shortage forces patients to skip doses or switch medications, leading to a resurgence of symptoms and a decrease in overall well-being.

Mental Health Concerns: The uncertainty and inconsistency in medication availability can exacerbate anxiety and stress, particularly for those who rely heavily on these medications to function effectively in their daily lives.

Academic and Professional Impact: For students and working professionals, the inability to access medication can lead to decreased performance, affecting grades and job stability.

Increased Healthcare Costs: Switching medications or seeking alternative treatments can lead to higher out-of-pocket expenses for patients and their families.

When will the shortage end?

Over a year after declaring a shortage, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that the situation has not improved. Many manufacturers continue to wait for quota reviews from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Some drug manufacturers, like Patriot, have also discontinued production of stimulants altogether. On the bright side, most major pharmacies, like CVS, Walmart, RiteAid, Walgreens, etc. no longer accept prescriptions for controlled substances issued by certain telehealth providers. The DEA also announced that the flexibility offered to telehealth providers will cease on December 31st, 2024, requiring an in-person visit for controlled substance prescriptions and ADHD evaluations. It is difficult, and almost impossible, to estimate when an improvement to this shortage could begin but it doesn’t appear to be anytime soon.

The shortage of ADHD medications in the US is more than a

supply chain issue; it’s a public health concern that affects the lives of millions. As we navigate this challenging landscape, it is crucial for pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, policymakers, and the ADHD community to work collaboratively towards sustainable solutions. Ensuring consistent access to these vital medications is not just about managing a disorder but about supporting the overall well-being and potential of those living with ADHD.

How You Can Help

For those of you struggling to find your medication, like myself, please join me in contacting the FDA to let them know the implications caused by their carelessness to resolve this shortage in a timely manner:

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Cardiac Exercise Test (not for ME/CFS)

I am having a cardiac doppler and treadmill stress test next week. The test is to rule out cardiovascular issues beyond dysautomnia (including orthstatic intolerance) and ME/CFS (my doctor has diagnosed those based on history/discussion alone). Due to family history and long lasting breathing difficulty and chestbpain following COVID-19 infection, my cardiologist wants to rule out cardiovascular disease or heart issues. Of course I will most likely have horrible PEM afterwards because of ME/CFS. I might also have trouble during the test due to heart rate spikes (might be POTS or might be random- but they happen).
The test is on Wednesday morning and I have cleared my calendar until Sunday.

Any other advice from the trenches?

Since we are hoping/expecting for normal results as far as cardiovascular disease, what should I expect as far as symptoms/results due to ME/CFS? Anything I should ask about to support getting a wheelchair?


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Happy Saturday

Good morning everyone. I still feel pretty crappy because of the COVID but i hope after I am on the medicine for a few days I will start to feel better.

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Happy Saturday

Good morning everyone. I still feel pretty crappy because of the COVID but i hope after I am on the medicine for a few days I will start to feel better.

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Jessica. I'm here because I have been healing from PPPD/Vestibular Migraine/Dizziness after having a hysterectomy, covid, and severe SSRI withdrawal. I heard about this group from a co worker whose wife has found help with The Mighty.

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COVID yuck

My nursing home got COVID, Ahhhh this morning my sixth COVID test I tested positive. So no chemo next Wednesday. I was not mentally prepared for it anyways. My psych meds need to get uped. My roommate and I will be stuck in our room for at least 11 days and then I test again. Anyone have any suggestions on things to do to stay calm during this time. I already ready bible daily devotional books daily devotional emails and am reading a joyce Meyer book right now about how to manage my emotions plus I color. I love video games any games anyone can recommend for the tablet?

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COVID yuck

I got a positive COVID test today. My nursing home has it and I caught it. So no chemo next week in my room for at least 11 says then get tested again