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Question: I am looking for a less expensive adhd drug time release?

 cadalist - Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:05 am

My daughter was using datrana patch that cost $160 and now on metadate cd 20mg for $120 a month. We can't afford them or are on health insurrance. Are there cheaper time release adhd drugs? Specifically a time release generic walmart drug or something?

 Dr. E. Seigle - Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:19 pm


To my knowledge, there are not any generic time-release ADHD medications yet, but there are two medications effective for ADHD which can be given once-a-day; they are not time-release, they just aren't eliminated by the body quickly. These medications are pemoline (brand name Cylert), which has a warning about rare toxic effects to the liver and modafinil (Provigil). These medications are not frequently used for ADHD, but they are quite effective and are long-acting. You might want to talk about them with your child's physician.

-E. Seigle MD
 Tim W Latsko - Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:30 pm

Cad~ greetings, you may want to try to see if the medication you seek is available through them. As well, do not hesitate to mention to your provider of your need and they may be able to provide you with samples. Depending on your location some states have medicatiton assistance program.

Good luck in your search.


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