Health · August 5, 2022

ADHD medications are in high demand and in short supply

People living with ADHD could soon find themselves in a world of trouble as psychiatrists claim a popular form of treatment suffers from major bottlenecks.

Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Prescriptions for the drug have tripled over the past 10 years and have increased significantly during the pandemic.

dr Tanveer Ahmed told Radio 3AW Ritalin was being pulled from Australian shelves amid a supply chain crisis.

“Medicinally, it’s used in children diagnosed with ADHD, but many adults are now taking it too, so prescriptions for these drugs have tripled in the last 10 years.”

dr Ahmed said Ritalin is not the only drug experiencing shortages, but a number of other important drugs as well.

Ritalin, much like Adderall in the United States, has seen a dramatic surge in demand over the past few months and coupled with the current supply crisis will result in patients leaving pharmacies empty-handed.

The pandemic has already put additional strain on the global supply of medicines, and we are still seeing the effects flow.

“It shows that we have to take care of ourselves; We have to go to great lengths to have our own supplies,” said Dr. Ahmed.

He said the effects of the shortage would affect offices and schoolyards across Australia.

“Schoolyard kids will act up, people get foggy at work.”

There is additional demand for the drug, which is also used recreationally to help people focus.

“It shouldn’t be used for non-medical purposes, but it’s sometimes used as a performance enhancer for some,” said Dr. Ahmed.

“People taking the drug without a prescription are going to have trouble getting their hands on it,” he said.

He said people taking the drug for medicinal purposes should stock up as much as possible to avoid disappointment.

Originally released as ADHD drugs with high demand and in short supply