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Saturday, June 05, 2010 sharon J, Community Member, asks

Q: need to have name brand Adderall xr

I'm receiving generic Adderall xr and it not working for me like the name brand does.

How do I get the name brand instead. 

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
6/ 6/10 9:29am



Thank you for your question and welcome to


You don't mention whether you are taking the generic form because it is less expensive, whether your insurance company will only pay for the generic form or whether you don't have prescription insurance.


If you have insurance and the company does not want to pay for the brand name medication, you should have your doctor contact them and explain why the generic is not working for you. He or she may be able to have the insurance company pay for the brand name.


If you don't have insurance, you can try to request the medication through a prescription assistance program. All of the major pharmaceutical companies offer programs to help those without insurance. You can find out more: Free or Low Cost Medications.


If your doctor completes the prescription marking generic okay, let the doctor know you would like a prescription for the brand name.


If there is a problem other than those I addressed, please let me know and I will try to find some answers for you.




Merely Me, Health Guide
6/11/10 6:10pm

Hi Sharon


The generic is supposed to have the same essential ingredients as the name brand.  But you are not alone in thinking that it seems different.  Here is an ADHD forum with many comments about generic vs name brand Adderall. 


I would discuss this with your doctor.  I am sure you will be paying more for the name brand.  You have to decide if it is worth it.


Let us know what happens.  Thank you for your question.

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