Care of Chronic Conditions

Care of Chronic Conditions

It is the goal of the University of San Diego Student Health Center (SHC) to provide quality primary care to enrolled students. In large part this involves the diagnosis of, and the provision of medication for, medical conditions within the SHC’s scope of practice. This may include the SHC providing medications to students with chronic or previously diagnosed conditions. Typically, this involves a reassessment of the condition and contacting previous providers to obtain relevant medical information and issuing of new prescriptions.  Please Contact Us to speak with medical staff to determine the best way we can assist you.

Prescription of Substances with Misuse/ Abuse, Addiction Potential (i.e. narcotics, stimulants, and anxiolytic medications)

There are medical conditions in which medications used have a significant potential for misuse, abuse or addiction.  These include stimulants, narcotics, anxiolytics and some other controlled substances.  The SHC will consider assuming care or assisting in care and prescribing such medication, on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with foregoing guidelines.

  • The medication requested must be appropriate to treat the student’s diagnosis
  • The student must have a current provider and an active prescription for the medication
  • The student should be stable on the current dose of the medication for 6 months or more (such as with stimulants) or be on a prescribed weaning plan (such as with narcotics).
  • The student should not be experiencing significant side effects to the medication that requires frequent monitoring.
  • No other medical or psychiatric conditions complicate the management of this disorder.

If you would like the SHC to review your case for management and you fit the above criteria, please have your current prescriber fill out the Information Form for Prescription ManagementIf you are requesting management for ADD/ADHD medications you will also need to provide documentation that supports the diagnosis (neuropsychological testing, psychoeducational evaluation, documentation of impairment, and/or evaluations from multiple settings).  Once the SHC receives this form, an appointment for a fee can be scheduled to discuss your case.  There is a fee for this