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why hesitating to prescibe different meds?

Hi 22 yr old female. Recently diagnosed.

I met with a nurse practitioner who diagnosed me with add and prescribed welbutrin even though I told her I took it in the past and it gave me headaches. She gave it to me anyway

A few days after taking it the headaches came back I called and said I can’t take this drug..please help me j need some other type of medicine.

They schedule me a month later

The next few days I’m struggling and stressed out and worry ing that they’ll will never help me becAuse they didn’t care about me. So I call to see if I can get in sooner.

Well I eventually went in today a month after stopping welbutrin.

She says to me the only thing I can do is give u strattera. I said I’m afraid to take it I’ve heard bad things.
She said well Im not giving u anything else because u kept calling asking for stimulants.

I said what!? No I didn’t I never brought that up ever..I was just trying to get help and seen sooner since I couldn’t take the meds u prescrbed.

She said well it’s either stratteta or counseling.. take your pick.

This ignorant woman is only about 5 yrs older than me. Very uneducated in this field. Didn’t make me feel comfortable. And never reassured me about strattera. Not to mention she made me feel like a drug seeker or something? I just don’t understand why she made this assumption:??

I will not see her again. Should I see my primary doctor?


If you are unhappy, I would consult my primary care dr. because wellbutrin although sometimes used for ADHD is really and antidepressant. It works for some not for all people. There are several stimulant and non-stimulant drugs for ADHD.

Posted by susang on May 13, 2014 at 5:45pm

Wellbutrin (Buproprion) is not usually the first choice for treating AD/HD alone.  As above, it is primarily and anti-depressant.  One reason for not prescribing stimulants is that they can aggravate problems with anxiety or increase blood pressure, but the most common reason is that they can be abused or trafficked.  If your doctor or the nurse-prac are concerned about this, try suggesting Vyvanse.  It works like a stimulant, but it is a “pro-drug” compound that actually does not turn into a stimulant until after you take it.

Posted by Cedar on May 14, 2014 at 7:00am

But I don’t understand why she is hesitant on the stimulants when clearly my only problem is the adhd I’m not depressed and if I do have anxiety it’s from this disease.

I have no history or drug use. They even did a drug screen on me & tested my thyroid and my blood pressure many times.

I’m so confused and I feel like I am not getting proper treatment.& this nurse doesn’t know what to with ne

Posted by lillybell416 on May 14, 2014 at 7:25am

It is hard. I wish the medical community didn’t treat us like we are all drug seeking folks when all we want is a reprieve from our disorder. I am a recovering alcoholic and pain pill addict and I take Concerta and Ritalin. It works great. Really, you will find the right people. Don’t waste any more time with these folks. Straterra does not work at all. My Psych flat out told me its not that effective for people. Don’t hold back because of this nurse’s ignorance. Keep on plugging along. If you need to chat I am on…

Posted by jenyerhot on May 14, 2014 at 1:23pm

First off any doctor who dose not listen to you needs to be fired and find another one. You need to find a physician who treets ADHD/ADD with all types of medications and is licensed to prescribe stimulant’s not all are because they are controlled substances. Also there a lot of doctor’s not prescribing these medications because of all of the government regulations. I will tell you something else, if this doctor writes in your chart that you have drug seeking behavior it will be seen by all the other doctors who see your chart and may make it hard in the future to get the medications you may need.

Posted by dkohli on May 15, 2014 at 1:05pm

I take Adderall and have been treated poorly many many times by health care workers.  I wont even begin to list.  I think it is crazy.  A person in pain with a physical problems would be given pain meds with little hesitation.  My experience has been though that the more I try and advocate for myself the worse the I am treated.  I am a recovering alcoholic and have been sober for 13 continuous years with zero relapse taking adderall.  For me, relapse is a sure thing WITHOUT the meds.  I wish I could come up with a way to educate people more on this subject BUT>>>>>Honestly when I see health pros about this I try to talk as little as possible.  I know that is horrible and I am not being true to myself.  I just dont have the energy to deal with it any longer.  Take my advice…after 13 years of this kind of behavior, looking back I can see the ignorance and fear that others have. Getting frustrated etc..feeling horrible… just giving my serinty and happiness over to them.  ( and I am already mad so they are not getting that as well LOL)

Posted by divydog on Jan 07, 2017 at 1:28pm

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