The Ugly Facts About Adhd Medication

by Robert William Locke - Date: 2008-11-28 - Word Count: 464 Share This!

You may be shocked to know that the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) had to issue a warning to doctors and pediatricians across the nation about psychostimulant drugs used in ADHD medication. They have warned of possible heart complications and even a risk of severe psychiatric symptoms which may develop in children who have been prescribed with these drugs. One of the drugs Strattera has been associated with suicidal thoughts in some children and adolescents. I could only shake my head in disbelief when I discovered that Strattera is only for adults with ADHD!

Another ADHD drug, Adderall was withdrawn in Canada because of the dangerous side effects.

It is interesting to note that a ADHD child may well have a parent who is suffering or has suffered in the past from ADHD - some experts say that there is a 30% - 40% chance. There is a strong hereditary link.

What side effects are common in these psychostimulant drugs for children? The most widely prescribed are Attenta, Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta. Children may have sleep disorders and they may suffer from stomach upsets. There are also problems of irritability. The fact that a child has to undergo an electrocardiogram, just in case of possible cardiovascular problems should set off alarm bells ringing in parents' minds! Is the cure worse than the disease?

As regards heart related complications, the Pediatrics Journal claims there is a 20% chance of children reporting these problems if they are on these drugs. Fortunately heart attacks or seizures are rare. And yet we know that there has been an incredible spike in the numbers of children being prescribed these drugs.

Michael Phelps the Olympics swimming champion has recently been added to the list of famous people who suffered from ADHD when he was a child. While this is very positive for children with ADHD to identify with a successful role model, there is too much hype in some circles claiming that ADHD can be an advantage! We know that Michael Phelps did not become successful because he had ADHD! We do not know to what extent Michael Phelps suffered from ADHD.

Many parents, just like me, are turning to natural remedies, especially when they know that there are too many risks involved in conventional ADHD medications. They are looking for natural herbal remedies which will both stimulate the brain (to help keep it focused) and reduce hyperactivity. At the same time, the herbs will soothe and calm the child.

You may want to check out the link below which will tell you all you need to know about how effective natural remedies are in treating ADHD and that they are a perfectly valid alternative to conventional ADHD medication- without any of the nasty side effects. And a lot cheaper!

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Robert Locke is a Health enthusiast who specializes in Children's Health. He has written extensively on ADHD.
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