ADHD Drugs Need Serious Warnings, Pan...

ADHD Drugs Need Serious Warnings, Panel Says

There are 76 comments on the Thebostonchannel.com story from Feb 9, 2006, titled ADHD Drugs Need Serious Warnings, Panel Says. In it, Thebostonchannel.com reports that:

Federal science advisers voted narrowly Thursday to recommend the most serious type of warning labels for Ritalin and other stimulants that are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Wendy

AOL

#47 Dec 7, 2006
ladyauthor wrote:
I have two children who are ADHD. One has impulse control problems and the other is both hyperactive and has impulse control problems. Without the medication, my oldest is constantly screaming, and hitting others for no reason, when he rages he becomes stiff as a board and starts foaming at the mouth. With the medication, he's more receptive to correction when he needs it and does not hit or rage as often as without it.
My youngest is so hyper that he's nonstop moveing, even in his sleep. He will sleep maybe two hours before he's up and going for the next 22 hours. He hits, kicks, throws toys, and he aims them at people. He's destroyed furniture and just about every door in the house. Without his medication he's like a hurricane at a catigory 5 or more. With his medication he still hits and kicks, but he will also is more calm and more like a child his age without ADHD. He's still active, but not super active when he's without his medication.
We love both boys and show them love and attention, give them special rewards when they are good and correct them when they misbehave. Without the medication for the boys we are on 24 hour parenting just to keep them from getting into things that will hurt them.
While there is some concerns about the medications being given and possible side effects, for my boys, I have to weight the side effects of the medication against their behaviors without the medication. I don't want them to be on meds forever, but right now they are necessary in order to help the boys learn to control their own behavior.
I just wanted to know what medications your sons are taking? My son is taking Medadate CD, but it doesn't seem to be fully controlling his impulsive and aggressive behavior. When he doesn't take his meds, he is worse, but still not completely in control while on meds.
cam

United States

#48 Dec 27, 2006
Wendy wrote:
<quoted text>I just wanted to know what medications your sons are taking? My son is taking Medadate CD, but it doesn't seem to be fully controlling his impulsive and aggressive behavior. When he doesn't take his meds, he is worse, but still not completely in control while on meds.
My son has been on Medadate CD for the last year in a half. He had trouble with controlling his impulsiveness and was aggressive also. I heard about Interactive Metronome (IM) and asked his doctor about it. He was able to particapate in the program and it has helped him out a whole lot. IM is computer generated and the kids tap to beeping sounds. This has also helped my son. Don't give up and be there for him.
be realistic

San Jose, CA

#50 Feb 21, 2007
you people talk about how bad these drugs are but you have no idea how hard it is to live with adhd. Medication is the only thing that will work for most pople including me. only if you pople knew what we go through everyday would you understand.
robo racer

Greencastle, IN

#51 Feb 22, 2007
i think that it is not right how adhd kids are being treated.
robo racer

Greencastle, IN

#52 Feb 22, 2007
be realistic wrote:
you people talk about how bad these drugs are but you have no idea how hard it is to live with adhd. Medication is the only thing that will work for most pople including me. only if you pople knew what we go through everyday would you understand.
i have adhd to and it is hard to live with adhd.
robo racer

Greencastle, IN

#53 Feb 22, 2007
cam wrote:
<quoted text>
My son has been on Medadate CD for the last year in a half. He had trouble with controlling his impulsiveness and was aggressive also. I heard about Interactive Metronome (IM) and asked his doctor about it. He was able to particapate in the program and it has helped him out a whole lot. IM is computer generated and the kids tap to beeping sounds. This has also helped my son. Don't give up and be there for him.
i have been on 4 different medicines.
robo racer

Greencastle, IN

#54 Feb 22, 2007
Wendy wrote:
<quoted text>I just wanted to know what medications your sons are taking? My son is taking Medadate CD, but it doesn't seem to be fully controlling his impulsive and aggressive behavior. When he doesn't take his meds, he is worse, but still not completely in control while on meds.
i take concerta 36mg in the morning and i take two of them.
Tlou

Seattle, WA

#55 Feb 22, 2007
Bonniefirst wrote:
They need to be taken off the market. Particularly where they give them to children.
That's too young an age to teach a child - you have a problem take a drug.
Give the child love and attention, and a balanced diet.
What rainbow do you live under? My son wouldn't be able to attend school or read if he didn't have his medication daily.

Since: Feb 07

Andover, MA

#56 Feb 22, 2007
My main complaint with these drugs is the fact that they are over prescribed. I’m sure some people do have severe disorders that require treatment; however I would argue that the vast majority of children put on these meds do not need them. All you need is common sense to realize this. Before the drugs there were not millions of children running around this country out of control. This is either a cultural disorder (in which case solutions besides drugs would work) or just an easy way to control children.
amy

United States

#57 May 9, 2007
Tlou wrote:
<quoted text>What rainbow do you live under? My son wouldn't be able to attend school or read if he didn't have his medication daily.
I thought that way to my son has been on every medication except ridlin he has been on meds since he was 3and a half he is now 9 and i toke him complety off . i never have agreed with medcating him . And my husband and I decided if the school cant deal with him we will home school . when i mentioned homeschool they said a few days later after consideration he can function with out medcine.
Bull shit

Vaughan, Canada

#59 Jul 12, 2007
I think its bull shit that parents and kids can blame impusliveness on ADD or ADHD. I have been diagnosed with ADHD in the past year and have taken Ritalin for most of that year. I came off for a long period of time, but now I am battling with withdrawl and mental dependency on the "good feeling" that Ritalin provides. Kids and adults who take Ritalin are not messed up, they are BORED. They need stimulation, something to do, not the same old thing, something new. They need someone to talk to, about something different, the same cookie cutter house and the same stupid lessons at school are driving them insane to the point that, yeah! THey arent going to sit in their chairs and listen. At least when they go outside and play sports they arent as bored.... Ever wonder why ADD is just a developed nation phenomena? Because in poorer nations their childern arent restricted to sit in a class and listen to a boring lecture, they are (unfortunately so in many cases), out doing hard labour, but being stimulated nonetheless.... Kids dont need drugs, nor do adults, we need something to do.
peace

Melbourne, Australia

#60 Jul 18, 2007
adhd child grown up wrote:
PLEEEEESE! I was disciplined in my day with the belt mind you on a daily basis and it did no good it did worse! so for you idiots out there that think a good smack will fix the problem think again it actually works in reverse and makes the adhd child more angry and confused towards people bacause now the poor child is being hit for something that they really cant control!
Just a quick observation. You say you were harshly disciplined as a child. Could it be that the great majority of ADHD sufferers have parents that are simply too harsh, thus causing the behavioural problems? They may not be genetic at all.
Are you too harsh with a 3 year old? have you heard of the terrible twos and threes? Three year olds are like this normally. The more you yell and intimidate them the worse they can become, either in an ADHD way, or a super timid way. Either way is not a good balance. Think about it. Insulting others only proves that you are dropping into an ugly learned behavioural pattern, possibly established in you by your parents discipline tactics from since you where a baby. Babies learn from day one.
mom

Haverhill, MA

#61 Oct 8, 2007
my son was just diagnosed wth add 2 weeks ago and was given medadate it seems to help him with his school work but then when it starts to wear off at supper time and homework especially it becomes difficult again for him to stay focused. He is very very easily distracted.
also very sensitive.
Samantha

Australia

#62 Oct 17, 2007
This is for everyone who is taking medication - and the words below, come straight from the prescribing information for FOCALIN XR. These words below will appear on ALL the other medications for this condition.

<strong> The mode of therapeutic action in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is
NOT known. </strong>

Here is the link (be aware that it is a PDF and may be a bit large for the slower internet users): http://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/product/pi/...

What this means, is that the people who made this lovely medicine do NOT known how it works, therefore, they do not really know what the long term side effects on the brain and rest of the body are.

To me, that is a big problem. To sell a drug and not know what it does??? It concerns me because this is not the only drug which has this statement in the prescribing information.

Medication, while easy to take, is not the only choice you have.

I am not saying to you, take them off the medication right now, because firstly I am not authorised to do that and secondly, that would be a very foolish thing unless you had other treatments in place.

What I am saying, is read, research and understand what you are doing to your children please. Medication, while great for saving lives, is not the only choice here.

I know that if my child had this condition, no matter how hyper they became, I personally just would not medicate them. I would try a combination of other treatments. Which is the harder option I believe, as you would hardly get the same rapid reduction of symptoms as you would with medication. But that's just me. I lean more to alternative treatments for just about everything.

Samantha
John Smith

Edison, NJ

#63 Oct 25, 2007
I know two grown Men at work who are severly ADD. They just wont admit it . They both get to work an hour befoer any one else . I have to be there at that hour , these two NUTS dont . They come in and pace back and forth in front of the time clock for an hour hour . Im all for the Meds I only wish these two LUNNIES would get on them . If you think your Kids a bit NUTS I say More power to Ridlin or whatever drug will work for them to make them less Crazy . Good Luck to all that are dealing with this . John from Mississippi
Sue Miller

Edison, NJ

#64 Oct 28, 2007
Hi , John Smith . I agree with you about the getting to work early thing . Its becosue they dont know how to let there mind rest and are allways thinking about what to do or say next which is why they cant just hit the snooze and sleep in a bit. While normal people Crave that extra ten minutes of sleep These people dont . my husband is like this CRAZY AS A LOONE !!! They are called LUNATICS becouse they are affected by the Lunar cycle . Next time there is a full moon watch and see what time these two Nuts as you call them " good description in my opinion " come into work. Ill bet they are even earlier then usuall. Tell them they should be on Meds and the sooner they get on them the Better . Alot of Crazy people dont think they are Nuts and will not seek help . Keep telling them how Crazy they are every chance you get . Maby after time the will listen to you , If that doesnt work call there familys and advise them to get there family memebers help ASAP , Good Luck Susan M
arom

Bath, PA

#65 Feb 6, 2008
Search for adverse reactions to ADHD drugs at www.adverse-drug-reaction.net
learn the truth

United States

#67 Feb 17, 2008
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT PSYCHIATRY AND ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND ALL THE OTHER DRUGS ISSUED FOR MENTAL DISORDERS. IT IS IMPORTANT..VISIT CCHR.ORG
melinda from ILLS

Tonopah, NV

#68 May 20, 2008
hi i have 2 boys who are very matthew has adhd and alot disorders its hard on us parents to have kids with anying disablity add or adhd or anything for that m atter
kids with add or adhd need alot love support matth as been on different medcines and was verying violet
with them so scared me alot meds scare me at times
my boys are my angels and i love them but my matt is 10 years o ld hes verying mean to me hes seeing a psychloigist for help i try as a mother to do the best for my boys but its hard thanks m elinda
Nick

Singapore, Singapore

#69 May 25, 2008
People, the FDA panel expressed a hope of curtailing what is seen as out-of-control over-prescribing of potentially dangerous drugs. Prescriptions for ADHD drugs have doubled over the past five years. The hope is that the black box warning will remind parents that just because a drug is legal does not mean it is safe. Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta are “Class B” drugs and are in the same drug class as cocaine. These drugs have potential for abuse, addiction and physical and mental harm - just as other drugs in this elevated classification do.

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