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    Prescribed adderall

    A troop of mine was recently prescribed adderall for treatment of ADHD. This condition was discovered several years after he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve.

    I've searched the forum and can't find anything. Can my troop get in trouble for using prescribed adderall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SF7 View Post
    A troop of mine was recently prescribed adderall for treatment of ADHD. This condition was discovered several years after he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve.

    I've searched the forum and can't find anything. Can my troop get in trouble for using prescribed adderall?
    You mean it wasn't prescribed at a military hospital? I do know that being prescribed such medication disquals you from enlisting; I'm not sure if it's grounds for discharge. Either way, I don't think he'll get in trouble, as long as he discloses it... and gets ready for the possible bad news of being let go.

    By the way, you're in the Air Force Reserve? I may have some questions for you through PM if you are.
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    Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine are central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    You should not use Adderall if you have glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, or a personal or family history of tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome.

    Do not use Adderall if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

    Slideshow: Does Your Child Have ADHD? Recognizing Signs & Treatment Options

    Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine may be habit forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.
    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Adderall: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Stop using Adderall and call your doctor at once if you have:

    •fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;

    •pain or burning when you urinate;

    •talking more than usual, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;

    •numbness, tingling, or strange sensations under your skin;

    •numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes;

    •tremors, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches);

    •penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer (rare); or

    •dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

    Common Adderall side effects may include:

    •nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;

    •dry mouth;

    •anxiety, agitation, mood changes, feeling nervous;

    •sleep problems (insomnia); or

    •headache, weakness, dizziness.





    My question is prescribed by who? Base doctors or downtown doctors? If member was referred downtown, I would assume that any medication prescribed would have to be TRICARE approved (on the dispensary list). I would not think it would be a problem, but I would check to see if this has any deployment limitations or if he/she simply would need to have the required amount on hand when deploying. I am assuming the member told you he was prescribed this medication. I would be sure to keep an eye on him/her for side effects, etc. just out of general concern for his/her well-being
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    It was prescribed by a civilian doctor...we do not have an active duty base in our state. Only guard/reserve, they do not have full time medical staff. Tricare did pay for his medication.

    My only concern is if my troop has to take a random urinalysis and it is discovered that he is taking prescribed adderall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SF7 View Post
    It was prescribed by a civilian doctor...we do not have an active duty base in our state. Only guard/reserve, they do not have full time medical staff. Tricare did pay for his medication.

    My only concern is if my troop has to take a random urinalysis and it is discovered that he is taking prescribed adderall.

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    Prescribed by a doctor and paid by TRICARE, there wont be any legal repercussions. As stated, let him know that he might be reclassed, non-deployable or seperated depending on what issue the Adderall was prescribed for, but not neccessarily the Adderall itself. Street meth and Aderall have different covalent bonds so while he might fail a drug test on the initial screen when they do the second screen they would be able to tell it was aderall and and with the legal prescription it's a non issue. Thread closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airborne View Post
    Prescribed by a doctor and paid by TRICARE, there wont be any legal repercussions. As stated, let him know that he might be reclassed, non-deployable or seperated depending on what issue the Adderall was prescribed for, but not neccessarily the Adderall itself. Street meth and Aderall have different covalent bonds so while he might fail a drug test on the initial screen when they do the second screen they would be able to tell it was aderall and and with the legal prescription it's a non issue. Thread closed.
    The adderall was prescribed for ADHD. Prior to this being prescribed, he was an outstanding troop and consistently out performed others. Since he has taken this, his job performance has got even better. His GPA for college has also went from a 3.0 to a 4.0. Just trying to paint a bigger picture for you folks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SF7 View Post
    The adderall was prescribed for ADHD. Prior to this being prescribed, he was an outstanding troop and consistently out performed others. Since he has taken this, his job performance has got even better. His GPA for college has also went from a 3.0 to a 4.0. Just trying to paint a bigger picture for you folks...
    No need to paint a picture, he's good as far as piss testing. However, I not sure what the AF thinks of ADHD and being prescribed Aderall. Probably depends on your AFSC.

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    Is there a regulation or a policy I can try and find? I've been google searching and I can't find anything.

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    No need to worry about this. When someone pisses hot the first thing they do is check their medical records to see if anything prescribed caused them to be positive. As long as it is in their records they should be fine.

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    As long as it is prescribed he shouldn't have a problem. He does however, need to make sure that it is documented in his medical records. The best way to do that is have the specialist that prescribed it send the documentation to either his PCM or civlain doctor. As stated before if someone test postive for a prescription drug the medical records will be scrubbed.

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