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Read this article to find out which drug treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has a greater risk of psychosis in adolescents and young adults.
Abnormal involuntary movements (movement disorders) occur as adverse events associated with many widely used medications and can cause substantial hardship for affected individuals. Find out which drugs are associated with these adverse effects.
The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and treated with drugs has increased dramatically over the past decade. Learn the steps needed for an accurate ADHD diagnosis and understand the variety of treatments available before working with your child's doctor on a plan for treatment.
When the manufacturer of the amphetamine ADDERALL criticized a Los Angeles boutique for selling T-shirts emblazoned with the drug’s name, it stated that the shirts “glorify[y] the misuse and diversion of a federally controlled prescription drug.” But the pharmaceutical company itself was cited by the Food and Drug Administration for overpromoting the drug to increase sales.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has just recommended specific screening for heart problems for children and adolescents before they get stimulant drugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disease (ADHD). The recommendations include a thorough history, a physical exam focussing on the heart and, according to the American Heart Association, that it is reasonable to obtain an electrocardiogram. The article lists the components of an adequate history and physical exam to look for the presence of pre-existing heart disease in children.
Patients currently taking drugs approved for the treatment of ADHD who experience any of the cardiac or psychiatric side effects mentioned in this article are advised to seek medical attention immediately.
If you are considering treatment with a stimulant ADHD drug for yourself or your child, become familiar with the new warnings for these drugs that are presented in this article. The new warnings do not tell patients that the drugs can also cause sudden death in those using the medication properly, not just in those abusing the drugs.