Controlled substance medications can be clinically useful but also have the potential for misuse. Controlled substances include (this is not a comprehensive list):
Benzodiazepines: potent anxiety-reducing medications such as Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), and Klonopin (clonazepam), among others.
Stimulants: potent medications often used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and include Adderall and Dexedrine (amphetamine); Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine); and Focalin, Concerta, Ritalin, and Metadate (methylphenidate).
Opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Buprenorphine: an FDA-approved medication for treatment of opioid use disorder, and which may be used for detoxification or for maintenance therapy.
At CARMAhealth, PLLC our prescribers strive to provide quality, individualized care that best addresses client concerns and oﬀers the highest chance at successful treatment. While we acknowledge the eﬃcacy and appropriateness of long-term use of some controlled substances in some patients, we also take into consideration the risk for misuse, abuse, and diversion of these medications.
Controlled Substance Early and Bridge Refills:
CARMAhealth providers generally will not provide partial or bridge prescriptions for controlled substances without a visit with and authorization from your provider. If a patient is unable to make an appointment and this results in a lapse in your medication prescription, your medication will not be renewed or refilled without first having a provider visit. Controlled substances include buprenorphine, stimulants, benzodiazepines, and some pain medications.
At each appointment, your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant advises both you and our staff of the timing of your next follow up appointment. It is your responsibility to ensure that a follow up appointment is made within that time frame. Follow up appointments should be scheduled on the same day that you see your doctor or nurse practitioner.