If your child is on medication for ADD/ADHD, they must be seen and evaluated in the office at least every 6 months, more often if symptoms are not under control and medication changes are frequently made. Most ADD/ADHD medications are controlled, Schedule II drugs, which require a hand written prescription that must be picked up and signed for by an adult, age 18 years or older, in the office each month. These prescriptions cannot be “called in” or mailed to a home, and cannot contain refills.
Once the child’s symptoms are under control with minimal or no side effects, and their medication dose is stable, their provider may choose to write three prescriptions at once; one to be filled promptly, and two with “to be filled after” dates written on the prescriptions. This will allow some flexibility to families, eliminating the need to come to the office monthly for written prescriptions. Patients must still be seen and evaluated at least every six months to ensure the patient is doing well, the medication is still effective, and there are no increased side effects. Due to the fact that these prescriptions are for controlled substances, they are monitored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Special care must be taken not to lose these written prescriptions, and if lost, we will only replace a prescription one time, then the patient will be placed back on monthly written prescriptions.