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January 28, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

Can an Online Doctor Prescribe Adderall? 

No, online doctors are unable to prescribe Adderall.

Adderall is classified as a controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore it is illegal and unethical for any online doctor to prescribe Adderall. You must meet with a doctor in person to get an Adderall prescription. 

While you can’t get Adderall online, you may be able to get other ADHD medications with a video or phone appointment.

Here’s what you need to know about Adderall, ADHD, and getting prescriptions online.

Can You Get an Adderall Prescription Online?

No, as mentioned above, you can’t get an Adderall prescription online.

Why? Because it’s a controlled substance due to its addictive nature and the increased risk for abuse. Controlled substances like Adderall can only be prescribed by a doctor after an in-person visit.

However, there are many other ADHD medications you can get online, such as Strattera; its generic version, atomoxetine; guanfacine; and bupropion

These non-stimulant medications take a few weeks to start working but may treat ADHD as effectively as Adderall without the risk of addiction.

Talk to a doctor to get these non-stimulant ADHD medications online. 

Even though the board-certified doctors at PlushCare cannot prescribe Adderall, we still want to inform you of its uses, side effects, and role in treating ADHD. 

What Does Adderall Treat?

Adderall, which is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is primarily used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD). It can also be used to treat narcolepsy.

Adderall Side Effects

Aside from the risk of addiction, Adderall has many potential side effects, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Changes in sex drive or ability
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Teeth grinding
  • Seizures
  • Mania (frenzied or abnormally excited mood)
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the tongue, throat, eyes, or face
  • Blurred vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Sudden death

Adderall Precautions and Interactions

Adderall isn’t right for everybody. Always tell your doctor about your complete health history and any medications you take, including supplements and over-the-counter medications.

Be especially sure to mention any of the following health conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Heart disease
  • Depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental illness
  • Seizures
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding, or may become pregnant

Also tell your doctor if you take any of the following:

  • Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors
  • Alpha-blockers 
  • Antacids and other medications for heartburn or ulcers
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
  • Beta-blockers
  • Buspirone
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Fentanyl
  • Lithium
  • Meperidine 
  • Methenamine
  • Medications for migraine headaches
  • Medications for seizures
  • Quinidine
  • Reserpine
  • Ritonavir
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Sodium phosphate
  • Thiazide diuretics (water pills)
  • Tramadol
  • St. John’s wort
  • Tryptophan
  • glutamic acid (L-glutamine)

ADHD Diagnosis

An ADHD diagnosis is typically made after getting a history of symptoms, using symptom checklists, and ruling out physical causes for the symptoms.

ADHD Treatment

ADHD is treated with medication, therapy, or both. 

  • Talk therapy is about discussing how ADHD affects you or your child’s life and coming up with ways to manage it.
  • Behavior therapy focuses on monitoring and changing behavior to manage ADHD.
  • Stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin increase the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. They work quickly but carry a high risk of addiction and side effects. Stimulant medications are controlled substances and can only be prescribed during in-person doctor appointments.
  • Non-stimulant medications, usually antidepressants, can also be used to treat ADHD. While the medications take a few weeks to build up in the system and start reducing symptoms, they are generally considered safer than stimulants and can be prescribed online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get Adderall without Health Insurance?

Yes, you can get Adderall without health insurance. However, the name brand is very expensive, more than $200 for 30 capsules.

Can You Get Generic Adderall?

Yes, you can get generic Adderall for a reasonable price, under $30 in some cases.

Can Adderall Be Prescribed Electronically?

No. Since Adderall is a controlled substance, you must see a doctor in person for a prescription.

Adderall can’t be prescribed electronically.

Can I Get Treated for ADHD Online?

Yes, non-stimulant ADHD medications can be prescribed after an online appointment.

Can you get prescribed Adderall online? No, Adderall is a controlled substance and must be prescribed after an in-person appointment with a doctor.

If you’d like to talk about non-stimulant medication for ADHD, our licensed doctors can provide you with more information. They’ll ask about your symptoms, medical history, and any medications you may be taking. 

If they think you would benefit from a non-stimulant ADHD medication, they can electronically send it to your pharmacy.

To make an online doctor appointment, click here, or download the PlushCare mobile app.

Therapy may also help treat the symptoms of ADHD. Now, you can get online therapy with PlushCare. To schedule an appointment for online therapy, click here.

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Sources:

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Medline Plus. Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine. Accessed on December 10, 2020 at https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601234.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What Is ADHD? Accessed on December 10, 2020 at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html

National Institute of Mental Health. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Accessed on December 10, 2020 at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

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