Can my general practice doctor prescribe adderall or does a psychiatrist have to do it?

I’m just wondering if my doctor is legally allowed to write prescriptions for adderall. If he can do it, do you think he will still refer me to a psychiatrist?

Your GP has a liscence to prescribe virtually any medication. However, he/she may not feel comfortable dealing with psychiatric issues. Our health care system would be better off if more GP’s would take on those issues though.



  • Your GP has a liscence to prescribe virtually any medication. However, he/she may not feel comfortable dealing with psychiatric issues. Our health care system would be better off if more GP’s would take on those issues though.References :

  • Yes, your GP can prescibe Adderall or any other prescription. If he/she feels that your psychiatric problems are being well managed with Adderall then you probably won’t be referred to a psychiatrist. However, if you’re still having issues a referral would be indicated.References :

  • A GP can prescribe, as well as anti-depressants, but keep in mind they aren’t trained to know all of the psych meds.References :

  • A couple months ago I went into my GP (I had met him only once before) and told him I needed something for my ADD. I told him I had it since childhood. He asked me a few questions in reference to whether I was ever treated for ADD as a child. I said no. Even though I was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia as a child, my mother did not want to medicate me, because I did not have it as bad as my brother, who was on ritalin for many years while growing up (note the family history). I told him I had developed other coping mechanisms over the years, having learned to compensate for my dyslexia and ADD, but just right now, I was going through a period where I felt like I really need some extra help coping, and that I wanted to see if he could prescribe something for me to try. He wrote me a prescription for Adderall (brand name), with instructions on how to slowly increase my dosage. Simple. Done. Perhaps the less you say, the better. But read up on it- be educated, but be resevered when you speak to him. Don’t say anything that would be a contraindication. Like do NOT mention anything about self-medicating with recreational stimulates, or give him any reason to believe that you have an addictive personality (or other personality disorders for that matter). And don’t make a huge thing about how you’re just sooooo overwhelmed with your symptons that you cannot cope at all- he for sure will refer to a psych at that point. Just be matter of a fact about the whole thing. Now of course, has anyone told you what an utter pain it is to get your prescriptions filled??? Most pharms do not keep it in stock, so you need to wait a few days before you can get your prescription. Addtionally, there are no refills with the prescriptions, and the doc cannot call them in. So you have to actually physically go pick up the prescription at the doctor’s office and take it down the pharm each time you need to "re-up." As for insurance, mine has a $50 co-pay for brand name Adderall. I have been told that generic sucks. So when the doc writes out your prescription and gives it to you, ask if it is generic or brand name. If it is generic, you might want to say to him that you would prefer brand name to start out with, just to see how it works for you. At the end of day, it really is worth all the trouble. It beats self-medicating with anything illegal.References : My source is my own personal experience. I had the same issue. I wanted a simple prescription without going thru some major psych evalutation for which I neither have the time nor money.


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