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ADD/ADHD Medicines and Safety
The FDA has issued a warning about the risk of drug abuse with amphetamine stimulants. FDA safety advisors are also concerned about the possibility that all amphetamine and methylphenidate stimulants used for ADHD may increase the risk of heart and psychiatric problems.
The FDA has also issued a warning about a connection between antidepressants (including the non-stimulant Strattera) and an increased risk of suicide in adults aged 18-24, especially in the first one or two months of treatment.
While these risks may seem alarming, keep in mind that experts generally consider these medicines safe. Serious problems are rare. Still, you should discuss the risks and benefits of these drugs with your doctor.
Wellbutrin or Zyban (brand names for bupropion) is given to children for clinical depression or for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is used only if other drugs have failed. Not much is known about mild side effects of anyone below the age of 18, but serious side effects are known. If your child experiences these symptoms, contact your doctor or pediatrician immediately.
1. Worsening Depression
o The child will become more withdrawn and not be interested in just about anything. They may have more mood swings and sleep problems as well.
o This is usually due to an allergic reaction. Make sure the child is in an area where he can't hurt himself during the grip of a seizure andcall an ambulance.
o If the child has problems being able to stand up and walk, call the doctor. It may be all that is needed is a reduction in the dosage.
o This persistent headache tends to be on both sides of the head and can include nausea and dizziness.
o Some children may get diarrhea and some children may getconstipation.
If you are currently taking prescription medication for your symptoms and are interested in building more health and perhaps getting off your medication by addressing the cause of your health concern, please call the office and let us discuss your options. I will work with your medical doctor to restore your health and reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
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