Is it normal for psychiatrists to require urine tests while taking Adderall?
October 20, 2012 12:35 PM Subscribe
Is it standard operating procedure for psychiatrists to give urine tests while using Adderall to treat ADHD?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My therapist recently referred me to to a psychiatric nurse to get evaluated for ADHD. The nurse administered the evaluation and, seeing that all signs pointed to "bloody likely," gave me a prescription for Adderall.
As she was giving me the prescription, she warned me that I will need to have my urine tested periodically at a lab, and that she would be the only one to see the results. I was initially very anxious, as I have never submitted to a urine test in my life, but she explained that periodical urinalysis is part of the regulations for prescribing Schedule II drugs. I don't believe her, as post-facto googling turned up nothing. I would prefer not to have my pee peered at if I can avoid it.
Are periodical urine tests while on a Schedule II drug required by law, or would I be able to find another psychiatric professional who would not require them?
I am in Rhode Island, if local regulations make a difference.