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Pharmacies across Colorado say they can barely get a bottle of it from the manufacturers. It all has to do with the ingredients in the drug.

The FDA sets a level on the amount of the chemical found in Adderall each year. The company that makes Adderall (IR) has pretty much reached its tipping point.

"We've had calls from as far away as Colorado Springs willing to drive up here and get it," Valerie Madison, a pharmacist at Cornell Pharmacy in Denver, said.

Like most pharmacies, Cornell is out of Adderall (IR). Every so often, it's able to get a few bottles.

"It's been a real big issue in the Denver area. There are a lot of people who are on Adderall and the shortage has made it very difficult for people to find their medication," Madison said.

Those who are able to find it have been holding on to it as long as they can.

"I know some people have been trying to cut their tablets in half to make it last longer," Madison added.

Pharmacists say Adderall's (IR) manufacturer will be able to mass produce the drug once again at the beginning of 2012.

There are two versions of Adderall. Adderall Instant Relief (IR) and Adderall Extended Release (XR). The Extended Relief version is produced by Shire.

"There had been some spotty distribution of 'XR' earlier this year and that issue has been resolved," said Matt Cabrey, a Shire spokesman.

The Instant Relief is a generic version of Adderall. According to pharmacists, there's not enough of it being produced right now to go around.

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