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A 36-year-old female asked:

Can a regular physician prescribe adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to me for my adhd without seeing a psychiatrist. i'm always scatterbrained i can't focus?

2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes, if trained.: An inability to focus may not be adhd. Neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists use a large battery of tests while family physicians/pediatricians use shorter, validated tools. Careful evaluation includes a comprehensive personal/family history, physical exam, mental health screening, corroboration. Life coaching, organizational training, and stimulant medicine are treatment strategies.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Proper evaluation: A regular physician can prescribe stimulants, but a patient needs to have a proper evaluation before starting these medications. That's like a person with a headache asking if her regular doctor could prescribe seizure medications! diagnosis first, treatment next, follow up and goal achievement ensues.
Last updated May 8, 2016

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