ADHD medication shortage effects millions of Americans

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- Millions in the United States have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but since last year, these individuals have been facing a shortage of medication.

The shortage of Adderall, a drug used to treat ADHD, has been ongoing since October 2022.

Dr. Greg Mattingly, associate clinical professor, at Washington University and president-elect of Apsard says that ADHD is common.  “ADHD is very common within our society. We know that it comes with a group of symptoms that tend to run together, such as problems with staying focused, getting distracted, being a little impulsive, difficulties with time management, and difficulties with frustration,” said Dr. Greg Mattingly.

The lack of medication for someone with ADHD could lead to a worsening of their symptoms. “You’re probably going to have problems concentrating, problems focusing, getting distracted, feeling impulsive, feeling frustrated, and overwhelmed,” Mattingly said.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, manufacturing delays could be the cause of the shortage, but Mattingly believes that the increase in demand could also be a factor.

Mattingly suggests that patients talk to their healthcare provider about alternative medications that can help substitute in the meantime. “One-size-fits-all for any one patient, and we have a variety of treatment options that still have good availability. Reach out, talk to your provider, and tell them where you’re having issues with ADHD and how it affects you in the morning,” he added.

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