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Has the adderall that CVS carries changed its formula?


I am new to this group so I apologize if this has been discussed before, but I feel that my adderall has not been as effective these past few months. I live in Columbus, OH and go to CVS for my refills. I think the brand is Barr (has a 974 on one side of the pill) and I feel that they have changed their formula.

Does anyone know anything about this? Should I switch to a different brand/pharmacy or try a different drug entirely?

Any advice is appreciated.



I live in Ohio also, not far from Columbus.

A few months ago my Insurance company put a note on my account with CVS to not prescribe the generic. They said there were quality control and supply issues so they told CVS to only give me the brand name.

When I switched from the generic to the brand name I could tell an immediate difference.

Posted by Murlin99 on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:20pm

But isn’t Barr adderall generic? I have been taking adderall for years and I believe I have been taking the same brand (Barr) from CVS pharmacies during that time.

Should I start going to a Kroger instead?

Thanks for your help.

Posted by brcmemb on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29pm

Barr makes both brand name and generic. According to my Insurance company it was generic in general that was having the problems. I dont think it is any specific pharmacy.

Posted by Murlin99 on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:36pm

When I used to take Adderall I got it from CVS, but I noticed last april that it wasn’t working at all so I switched to Brooks Drug Store and BAM it worked great again.  I used the instant release and it only comes in generic.  Extended Release comes in generic and name brand but is completely useless, I didn’t have insurance and I bought the name brand for about 450.00 and it was garbage I went through withdrawal that whole month and things didn’t get back to normal until I started the following months prescription of the instant release (from Brooks) so yes, CVS has the worst medications now.  I think Brooks is also the Barr Brand but it’s the real deal.  Also The Walmart Brand and Wallgreens is garbage a complete waste of money and your precious time.

Just stating my opinion, I still shop in CVS but never for precriptions only shampoos and over the counter vitamins ect. Hope this helps with your decision.  Also don’t take any vitamin C or food with your Adderall, take it on an empty stomach, many will disagree with me here but I like to honest, we need our meds to work whether it be script pills or all natural like I now use.

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 01, 2013 at 4:08am

I found that different pharmacies sold my prescription for methylphenidate (generic Ritalin).  They had the same name, but it was made by different companies.  I found the company that worked the best, and stuck with them.

Posted by whizinc on Nov 01, 2013 at 7:34am

When there is a problem with the effectiveness of a prescription medication, the FDA typically issues a notice about it.  Most recently the notices have been with regard to injectibles and compounding pharmacies.  However, there is something that you can doabout ineffective medications and the cost of replacing them.

First of all, if you insurance will allow it, insist that your doctor prescribe and that the pharmacy dispense only “name brand” medications.  The quality assurance inspections are run on those more often, so they must be in compliance.  Generic medications can be manufactured outside of the USA and that can mean quality contrl problems, which to us means effectiveness problems.  Yes, the name brand will cost more, but isn’t it worth it to have medications that actually work as expected?

CVS and every other pharacy (independent or chain stores) can and does dispense brand name and generic prescription drugs.  As the pharacist if you have questions about the drug.  Read the label when you pick up the prescription to be sure that you are getting what you ordered.

Quality issues should be taken to the pharmacist.  He can look into finding another supplier. 

Hope that helps!

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Nov 02, 2013 at 2:39am

Both me and my son both take generic Adderall and switched from CVS to Kroger mainly because CVS seemed to always be out of it.  That was over a year ago but I feel the Kroger generic is working fine for both of us.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Nov 02, 2013 at 7:50am

There are often different manufacturers of the same generic. Many pharmacies will have a generic manufactured by a different company than another pharmacy, usually due to the wholesale cost they can negotiate. Find out who manufacturers the generic you’re getting from CVS and shop other pharmacies to see if anyone in your are carries a different company’s generic and try it. They all have subtle differences.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 04, 2013 at 6:40pm

Hey there,
I work for CVS and the “formula” of Adderall never changes. There is a chance that you could be building a tolerance to it, or the brand that your CVS has been carrying isn’t effective for you. I would check with your doctor to see if you need to up your dose or switch to another stimulant. Also, check and see what brands your CVS carries maybe one is better for you than the other.
Hope this helps.. Sincerely a fellow Adderall taker.

Posted by adhdcollegestudent on Nov 11, 2013 at 6:21am

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