Counseling and Psychological Services
CAPS Stimulant Prescription Guidelines
Stimulants are used for a variety of purposes but their most popular use is for ADHD. They include medications known by such names as: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, etc. These medications are controlled substances and cannot be filled at a pharmacy sooner than 48 hours prior to when the prescription will run out. Because of the risk of abuse and side effects, frequent monitoring by a physician is necessary when prescribing these medications.
Counseling and Psychological services adheres to the following policies with regard to the prescription of stimulants:
- Prescriptions cannot be marked with refills or called in to a pharmacy.
- Physicians need to meet with students on a monthly basis to provide scripts unless another arrangement is made with the prescribing physician based on the physician’s discretion and clinical circumstances.
- Prescriptions will not be written or renewed on weekends or at night by an on call physician.
- Medications will NOT be given unless the student keeps the appropriate appointment.
- If appointments are missed or cancelled, medication will not be prescribed until the student is seen.
- The student agrees not to receive psychostimulant medications from another health care provider while receiving treatment at CAPS.
Because it may take 1-2 weeks to get an appointment scheduled with your doctor, it is important that you schedule appointments in advance (and not wait until your prescription runs out). The physician will not provide you with a prescription if you wait to schedule an appointment just before you run out of medications.
Psychostimulants are controlled substances. It is a felony to sell or give your medication to someone else. Do not risk your career by “sharing” your medication.
If your physician has any concerns related to the above guidelines or other issues, he/she may withdraw the stimulant medication at any time. We believe this policy is necessary to provide appropriate medical care and appreciate your adherence.
Please sign below acknowledging receipt of this information and agreeing to abide by these guidelines.