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ADHD Medication Information

Can I get a refill for my ADHD medication at the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center does not prescribe or refill ADHD medication. You should contact your provider for a refill or seek medication management from an off-campus provider.

I think I have ADHD. How do I find out and get medication?

Medications for ADHD are recommended after an assessment and diagnosis of ADHD. If you have never had an assessment, you may consider completing a free on-campus ADHD screening first. You can also get a thorough assessment which will evaluate mental health issues, learning disabilities, and other neurologic conditions which can produce symptoms similar to ADHD. You can seek medication from a provider back home or an off-campus provider.

How can I get accommodations for my ADHD?

You need to contact the Office of Disability Services and provide the appropriate assessment documentation.

Can I take more medication than is prescribed?

Take all medication as prescribed by your provider. Don't self-medicate. Just because one pill works well, doesn't mean that two will work better. Stimulants do not work that way. You need a specific amount of medication and your medical provider considered many factors when making your dosage recommendation. Your medical provider can reassess whether your dosage is working for you. If your medication isn't working the way you think it should, consult with your provider about making adjustments.

Can I share or sell my ADHD medication?

It is against federal law and JMU Policy to obtain stimulant medications by fraudulent means, possess them without a prescription, or give or sell them to others. Federal law states that all prescription medications should be kept in their original container and labeled with your name and the name and dose of the medication.

Can I drink alcohol or take drugs while on my ADHD medication?

Taking stimulants with alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs can significantly impact brain functioning. The combinations can cause significant health concerns such as alcohol poisoning. Mixing these substances can diminish the effectiveness of the medication and cause a return of symptoms.

Do I still need medication in college?

If you needed stimulant medication to concentrate in high school, you most likely will need medication to concentrate in college. While stimulants improve cognitive functioning, you will also need to adjust your studying habits to succeed in college. JMU has many academic success services available (link to Academic Concerns section).

If you have ADHD, you also have difficulty concentrating in other aspects of life – sports, social, home, and work. Medications that improve concentration in class, will also help you complete homework, stay on task at work, maintain attention while driving, concentrate while playing sports, and maintain focus when doing chores.

If you need a local medication provider or refills, see our off-campus provider list.

Can the UHC Pharmacy fill my ADHD prescription from a community provider?

The UHC Pharmacy only fills prescriptions written by campus providers. A list of local area pharmacies can be found here. (link to information listed below)

Local Pharmacies

The pharmacies below are located relatively close to JMU campus and off-campus housing.

Pharmacy Name Address Phone Number
Rite Aid
1420 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 434-7341
CVS Pharmacy
1100 S High St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-1158
CVS Pharmacy
1151 Port Republic Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-2437
CVS Pharmacy
780 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 434-8916
Target - Pharmacy (CVS)
1995 E Market St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 432-1825
Walmart
171 Burgess Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-1106
Walmart
2160 John Wayland Hwy
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 432-0552
Costco (you don't need a membership to use the pharmacy)
1830 Reservoir St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 432-8989
Kroger
1790 E Market St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 432-1830