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Behavioral Health

Millions of people in the United States are affected by some type of behavioral health issue. Some common behavioral health disorders include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. There are several kinds of therapies to treat these disorders, and medication is often an important part.

ADHD is treated by a kind of drugs called stimulants. While it may seem backwards to treat “hyper” patients with a stimulant, stimulants can have the opposite effect on people with ADHD, actually calming and focusing them.

Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are treated with a kind of drugs called antipsychotics. There are many different types of antipsychotics, but these medications usually work by changing or blocking the effects of certain chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) that affect your actions, thoughts, and emotions.

There are also many effective, low-cost generic versions of stimulants and antipsychotics. These are some of the common brand-name medications and their generic options:

Brand Name Stimulant Available Generic Alternative
Adderall® amphetamine salt combo
Focalin® dexmethylphenidate
Ritalin®/Ritalin SR® methylphenidate/methylphenidate SR

 

Brand Name Antipsychotic Available Generic Alternative
Risperdal® risperidone
Zyprexa®/Zyprexa Zydis® olanzapine
Clozaril® clozapine
Geodon® ziprasidone
Seroquel® quetiapine

If you take one of these brand-name drugs and a generic is available, ask your doctor if the generic version would be the best option for you.

For a list of drugs and how they’re covered, visit us at HealthAlliance.org. If you are a Medicare Advantage member, visit HealthAllianceMedicare.org.

 

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This information is meant to help you save money on your prescriptions. A generic option may not always be the best option, and your doctor will determine what is best for your

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