Drug Side Effects

The Emergency About ADHD Drug Side Effects

I use the word emergency about ADHD drug side effects because there is now a powerful lobby of the drug companies whose main aim in life is to minimize the risks of ADHD drugs. What I want to do in this article is to point out that some of the ADHD drugs can be effective for short term treatment but there are alarming side effects. Parents need to be aware of these and then make their own choice of whether the side effects of ADHD drugs will not outweigh the benefits.

Let us look at some of the most common ADHD drug side effects. Psychostimulants stimulate, not only the brain, but also the heart. That means, any child with some heart related problem is at risk and should be carefully monitored before and during treatment.

The drugs do work and most children, probably up to 80% will gain some benefit and they will become more focused and will be able to concentrate better at school and when doing their homework.

But at what price? Some children may not have many ADHD drug side effects but there are a considerable number who will suffer from the following. They may have headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems, loss of appetite. These are usually caused by Strattera which is the brand name of the drug atomoxetine which is usually prescribed for those who have problems with the psychostimulants (Ritalin and Adderall),yet the list does not change very much.

If you have a look at the Mayo Clinic website you will see there that the actual way these drugs work on the brain is not at all clear and nobody knows HOW they work. That raises a whole list of questions and question marks!

What is the FDA doing? Not a lot. They have rather laconically reported that side effects of ADHD drugs such as hallucinations, psychosis and unfounded paranoia together with manic mood swings can occur. But,of course, they do not want to rock the boat and suicidal thoughts, sudden death from cardiac arrest and liver problems barely get a mention. You almost have to read the small print.

Every parent has to decide if ADHD drug side effects are really worth the risk. We should remember that these psychostimulants are basically amphetamines and that the FDA has had to put the maximum warning on the pill boxes.

Those two facts are really sobering thoughts which is why I have used the word emergency in the title. It may make us think again about using an alternative ADHD treatment, for example, homeopathy for ADHD. There are no risks and no side effects and this is the best news I can give you.

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