Forest Lane Pediatrics of Plano and Dallas
At Forest Lane Pediatrics, we want to provide excellent care for your children. Unlike other conditions, Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder and its medical treatments requires more attention from our doctors and staff. In order to provide this level of care, please read our policy below.
1 Month: After the initial evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD, a medication recheck visit should be scheduled in 1 month to discuss how things are going and deal with any immediate problems or concerns. Additional office visits may be necessary until we feel that your child is doing well on the medication prescribed. If electrocardiogram is requested, please complete the study before the first follow up appointment
3-6 Months: Additional ADHD follow-up evaluation should be scheduled for every 3 – 6 months while on medication. These visits are designed to assess how the child is doing on his/her medication and assess growth and blood pressure. We are required by law to assess these children more frequently then annual well exams. At these visits, please bring any pertinent documents such as teacher’s evaluations and report cards
6 Month: If medication changes are made at any 6 month follow-up visit, the provider may want to see your child sooner than 6 months.
12 Months: We require an annual well-care appointment for all children on ADHD medications. Your child must be current on his or her well-care exams to continue on ADHD medications.
ADHD Medication Prescription Requests
Requests for medication refills may be made through the patient portal or by calling our office during regular business hours.
We ask parents to call our office at least 2 business days before the supply of medication runs out to arrange for a new prescription to be written. Please leave the child’s name, date of birth, medication requested, and location for pick up (Dallas or Plano) on the message. A parent or their authorized representative may pick up and sign for the prescription. (For example, a grandparent may pick up the prescription if they have a letter from the parent authorizing them to do so.) A photo ID is required for pick-up of all controlled medications.
Most medications prescribed for ADHD are "scheduled" drugs. This means that they are regulated and monitored by the Government. Regulations regarding the prescribing of stimulant medicines state that the prescriber must:
- Write the prescription – it cannot be called in
- Prescriptions are written for 30 days unless sent a specific mail order pharmacy
Prescriptions need to be filled within 21 days of being written or “to be filled date”.
If the family fails to fill or loses these prescriptions, we can replace the prescription for a $10 fee. Any expired prescription must be returned to the office. If a prescription is lost or stolen, a police report must be filed by the family before any prescriptions can be rewritten.
If a medication refill is requested and your child has not had a re-evaluation within the last 6 months, you will be given a 1-month prescription and asked to schedule a visit. No further refills will be given until your child has been seen by a provider and is current on well visits.
If your child has been off medication for more than 6 months, he/she must be seen by a provider for a follow-up visit before medication will be prescribed.
For mailing prescriptions, there is a $10 charge to your account for each prescription mailed to cover our cost and time. We have had difficulty in the past with lost prescriptions in the mail and now only send them via certified mail.
If there is an urgent need for a prescription (i.e. needing a same day pick up or lost medication), we can provide a prescription sooner for a $10 fee.
Please download this ADHD Policy PDF, sign and submit with the following forms:
Requested documents for ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
Please submit paper work at 2 business days prior to appointment. This allows for the doctor to review information before the appointment.
- Initial Evaluation Questionnaire for ADHD Assessment
- ADHD Controlled Substance Policy
- Vanderbilt Forms from one or more teachers
- Vanderbilt Forms from at least one parent
- Recent report card
- Any previous evaluations of your child’s learning (school IEP, psycho-educational testing, IQ testing, standardized test)
ADHD Web Resources Recommended by Forest Lane Pediatrics
Dr. McGonnell answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ADHD and offers suggested readings.