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Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
To correctly establish the diagnosis of ADHD requires the use not only of medical but also of special psychological, educational, and social resources. Many children diagnosed with ADHD actually have problems that are primarily caused or worsened by inadequate teachers, unsuitable educational settings, or by problems with their parents. Similarly, many adults diagnosed with ADHD may have interpersonal problems that need to be dealt with by psychotherapy.


A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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Major Drug Interactions Common in Outpatient Children, Study Shows
May 2024
Learn about a recent study that found that major drug interactions are common among outpatient children with Medicaid insurance and that these interactions often involve drugs that are routinely prescribed for children with common chronic health conditions.
Drug-Induced Psychotic Symptoms, Including Hallucinations
November 2022
Learn about the numerous prescription medications and some over-the-counter drugs that can cause psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations.
New Study Finds Higher Risk of Psychosis with Amphetamine Treatment for ADHD
December 2019
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.
Drug-Induced Movement Disorders
February 2018
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.
A Guide to Treatment for ADHD
October 2016
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.
Selling Amphetamine-Emblazoned Athletic Shirts Versus Overselling Amphetamines: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurs
January 2014
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.
American Heart Association Recommends Screening for Heart Disease in Children Getting Drugs for ADHD
June 2008
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.
Pharmacists Ordered to Distribute Medication Guides About Serious Heart, Psychiatric Problems Linked to Attention Deficit Drugs
August 2007
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.
FDA Issues Stronger Warnings for ADHD Stimulants; Warnings Don’t Go Far Enough
November 2006
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.


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Statement before the National Academy of Sciences on the Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements (HRG Publication #1594)
Since at the heart of this problem is the irrational legal distinction that has been made between those pharmacologically active chemicals which are regulated as prescription or over-the-counter drugs and those which others call dietary supplements which I call drug supplements, eventually the same standards for safety and effectiveness must be adopted.
Testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearing on Dietary Supplements. (HRG Publication #1560)
When the first member of this committee or of Congress or their families, has a stroke, a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, or some other life-threatening adverse reaction to dietary supplements, perhaps there will be a belated reconsideration of the damage done by DSHEA. The law will then either be significantly modified or repealed so that pre-marketing safety and efficacy testing become the preferable alternative to post-marketing human experimentation.
Comments on the Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General’s Study of Adverse Event Reporting for Dietary Supplements. (HRG Publication #1568)
We are very concerned about the dangerous inadequacy of FDA's adverse reaction reporting system for dietary supplements---wherein, for 1994 through 1999, the number of such reports filed with the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) was 35,400, more than ten times higher than the approximately 3,000 reported to the FDA.