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FAQs

Answering your questions about prescribing controlled drugs and substances
​​Have a question about prescribing controlled drugs and substances? Email us at practice@bccnm.ca.
Can NPs prescribe medications to treat ADHD in adults?

Yes, depending on which medication they are prescribing. NPs only prescribe medications that they are authorized and competent to prescribe, and they consult and refer as appropriate.
NPs must have met the standards, limits and conditions for prescribing controlled drugs and substances before prescribing any ADHD medications that are controlled drugs or substances.

For more information about the BCCNM Standards, Limits and Conditions for prescribing and other applicable standards see Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners.

Drug

Is it within scope of practice for NPs to prescribe?

Comments

Methyphenidate
(such as Ritalin, Concerta, Biphentin, Fosquest)

Yes for both children and adults

 

Dextroamphetamine (such as Dexedrine)

Yes for both children and adults

 

Atomoxetine (such as Straterra)

Yes for both children and adults

 

Guanfacine (such as Intuniv)

Yes for both children and adults

 

Mixed Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine (such as Adderall)

Yes for children.
No for Adults.

There is a Federal restriction on prescribing amphetamines for adults with ADHD.
BCCNP is seeking clarification to determine how the current Federal restriction on amphetamines applies to this drug. Please contact practice@bccnm.ca for further information.

Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate (such as Vyvanse)

Yes for both children and adults

 

Do I need to send my certificate to BCCNM when I complete my CDS prescribing course?
No, you don't need to send your certificate to BCCNM. However, we recommend that you retain your certificate as a record of your professional development.