ADHD Drugs Need Serious Warnings, Panel Says

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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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Bonniefirst

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Feb 9, 2006
 

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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.
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Feb 9, 2006
 
I agree. I have heard some people say that it has helped them as adults. Fewer headaches etc. Here is a good artile on it:

http://bestsyndication.com/Articles/2006/dan_...
Terence

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Feb 9, 2006
 
Maybe the oppressors should stop boring these children.
punkyraccoon

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Feb 10, 2006
 
I have to go with Terence on this one. It is usually the adults that can't handle the hyperactity of the children, whom for whatever reason - their minds are going a hundred miles an hour.
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Feb 10, 2006
 
It is society as a whole not just adults. These kids and adults, such as myself and my son have this condition. It is a condition of the neurological system, wherein they cannot always control their impulses, whether it be behaviorial or communication.
The medication assist in helping the brain slow down enough to make sense of what it is computing to function in a society which feels all kids should just sit in their seat for 8hrs a day and be good.
My child and myself are both ADHD and our peers cannot communicate with us or don't want to be around us because we are impulsive in our behaviors and communications skills.
My son is on medication, I am not, but I give my son love and attention everyday, and I am his best advocate, but he still struggles with friends as I because of our condition.

I disagree with Bonniefirst, this condition is also gentics as well. It doesn't matter how much love , attention and balance meals you give a child with ADHD, the condition is what it is, and will be with you for the rest of your life, you just learn to adapt.
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I have to go with Terence on this one. It is usually the adults that can't handle the hyperactity of the children, whom for whatever reason - their minds are going a hundred miles an hour.
ladyauthor

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Feb 10, 2006
 
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.
Tennessee

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Feb 10, 2006
 
As an adult ADD'er, it would be like giving my life away if Adderall was taken away from me. Ive had ADD since I was a child, and when Adderall came out, and my physician prescribed it, it gave me a whole new life.

People dont understand this condition if they do not have it. No such people should be posting to take it away,..if you do not know the effects of ADD and how this medication helps. If some of these posters against these medications, had ADD, they wouldnt be writing against the medicine. They would be writing my post.

Tennessee
Jason Alster MSc

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Feb 24, 2006
 
Hello-from Israel- a CD movie on natural techniques helping adhd and test anxiety

Dear Parent , educator, student, therapist- thank you for your attention- I would like to mention that a new video/kit from Israel on natural solutions to help ADHD
"Being in Control: Natural Solutions for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Test
Anxiety" ( Video/book/biofeedback kit) by Jason Alster MSc ISBN 9659025130.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025130/
and
"BEING IN CONTROL- Natural Techniques For Increasing Your Potential And Creativity For Success In School" ( book as single item)
(ISBN-9659025114)" ( different ISBN)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025114/

About Jason Alster
http://www.geocities.com/jasonalster
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ADHD-Dys...

Do you, your child, or client want to be a better student? Is it hard for you to sit quietly in class and concentrate? Do you have a problem preparing homework? Do you want to pass exams with less pressure? Then this movie/book /kit may be for just for you. Taking the concepts, techniques, and exercises from the original book "BEING IN CONTROL- Natural Techniques For Increasing Your Potential And Creativity For Success In School"
(ISBN-9659025114)" ( different ISBN) and making them come alive with a 40 minute video rendition. The book/ video/ kit portrays in a "roadmap" format topics for improving relaxed concentration for the classroom and when preparing homework -like increasing self confidence; relaxed concentration; seated yoga; creativity; time management; organisation of material; sensory integration; using our senses to relax; biofeedback; games; better cursive handwriting; speed reading; test taking strategies and more. In addition to the CD ROM and book- the kit also includes 2 finger size temperature strips biofeedback monitors used by many biofeedback practitioners for measuring relaxation- stress levels. Produced and edited with Windows Movie Maker 2 and can be played on Windows Media Player.

Also by Jason Alster- Creative Painting For The Young Artist
a book for helping children learn to develop an artistic eye.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025122/
( I am also seeking reviewers as well as distributors in association with Amazon.com )
punkyraccoon

Since: Dec 05

Shepherdsville, KY

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Mar 20, 2006
 
I know that children and adults alike need medication to help them get through thier ADD or ADHD, whichever one they have and I also know that if not caught early enough, this can turn into ODD. Hence, trouble with the law, because of the implusivity and inabiltiy to process information that like "normal" people do. I use the term " normal" lightly, because as a parent of a child with ADHD, I find that I am in constant battle trying to explain this disorder to ADHD or ADD or ODD uneducated persons. They don't have a clue what these people are going through or how it affects their judgement and their actions. I would say - yes, it is most certainly genetic. If your child has ashma, do you tell them it will be ok,give them a hug or do you give them a pill to make it better?! It is a medical condition, it is not - a choice of behavior - I hear that so often I want to scream. I don't think that Astute knows what ADD or ADHD is. If it was that easy, then we would not have the problem.
punkyraccoon

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Mar 20, 2006
 
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.
A balanced diet I may agree halfway with, because that can never hurt. However, unless you have a child or know an adult that suffers and yes "suffers" with ADHD or ADD, then lots of attention and love will not help them process the information as most people do. It is a disorder. The earlier it is diagnosed, the earlier it can be put in check with consistant rewards and punishments and yes medication. Think of your worst night prior to going to bed and your mind jumping around from one thing to another and you can't sleep, that is what these individuals go through 24/7.
punkyraccoon

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Jason Alster MSc wrote:
Hello-from Israel- a CD movie on natural techniques helping adhd and test anxiety

Dear Parent , educator, student, therapist- thank you for your attention- I would like to mention that a new video/kit from Israel on natural solutions to help ADHD
"Being in Control: Natural Solutions for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Test
Anxiety" ( Video/book/biofeedback kit) by Jason Alster MSc ISBN 9659025130.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025130/
and
"BEING IN CONTROL- Natural Techniques For Increasing Your Potential And Creativity For Success In School" ( book as single item)
(ISBN-9659025114)" ( different ISBN)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025114/

About Jason Alster
http://www.geocities.com/jasonalster
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ADHD-Dys...

Do you, your child, or client want to be a better student? Is it hard for you to sit quietly in class and concentrate? Do you have a problem preparing homework? Do you want to pass exams with less pressure? Then this movie/book /kit may be for just for you. Taking the concepts, techniques, and exercises from the original book "BEING IN CONTROL- Natural Techniques For Increasing Your Potential And Creativity For Success In School"
(ISBN-9659025114)" ( different ISBN) and making them come alive with a 40 minute video rendition. The book/ video/ kit portrays in a "roadmap" format topics for improving relaxed concentration for the classroom and when preparing homework -like increasing self confidence; relaxed concentration; seated yoga; creativity; time management; organisation of material; sensory integration; using our senses to relax; biofeedback; games; better cursive handwriting; speed reading; test taking strategies and more. In addition to the CD ROM and book- the kit also includes 2 finger size temperature strips biofeedback monitors used by many biofeedback practitioners for measuring relaxation- stress levels. Produced and edited with Windows Movie Maker 2 and can be played on Windows Media Player.

Also by Jason Alster- Creative Painting For The Young Artist
a book for helping children learn to develop an artistic eye.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9659025122/
( I am also seeking reviewers as well as distributors in association with Amazon.com )
Most people I know with ADHD or ADD could not sit through a 40 minute tape on how they can just follow these guidelines and be cured. Most of them, if not all, who could possibly stay put for 40 minutes to watch this film or whatever you are selling, would forget what they seen anyway.
adhd child grown up

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Apr 7, 2006
 
this is for bonnie first and all the other idiots out there that seem to think a little love and a good diet will just magically cure the condition of adhd! let me tell you a little story that might bring realization home to you people that have limited knowledge on just how adhd really affects a kid without medication! I grew up all my life with adhd and was not diagnosed until it was too late! My grades suffered, throughout primary and I failed my senior year all because I didnt have the help I needed! My mother was the most loving mother and I had the best of diets and I was still a severe adhd child, however there was many ignorant people like bonnie first who simply said to my mom oh that child just needs some love, or that child just needs the sugar taken out of her diet, or the best one yet there is no such thing a s adhd its just a behaviour problem that can be fixed with discipline 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! now I have a child who since the age of 3 suffereed adhd symptoms for 3 years I have tried to manage with "diet" and "love" and guess what it isnt enough! you people arnt there when my child is up all hours of the night becuase he is so hyped up he cant sleep you ignorant arnt there where my child is having a manic deprsive mood swing and he want s to die you people arnt there when he cant concentrate in school and he cant read or understand what the teacher is trying to teach him and you people arnt there whne my child is bashing himself on the head because he cant get something! so before another ignorant person posts about something they really dont have an understanding about put yourselves in the shoes of a adhd person and see their lives through their eyes and I can tell you you"ll never post against drugs again! I dont want to put my child on drugs believe me but if it will help him be socially acceptable in this world and it helps him to be a slightly normal child then what he is now then I'll do it! and another thing its people like you bonnie first who seem to think that this behaviour can be managed with love and diet that have made kids like my son unacceptable in this society they are not bad children or adults like myself we have a condition and it needs to be treated and monitored just like any other drug related condition!
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Apr 7, 2006
 
bonnie first mentioned give more attention what do you think adhd is? its attention deficit hyperactive disorder? maybe you should get your little dictionary out and look it up then spend several hours studying then spend several days no years with attention deficit kids to give you a real insite on this condtion that can apparently be cured with love diet and attention! just because its called attention deficit doesnt mean all you got to do is give them the love and the attention and diet and it will go away! o.k then tell me how do I make the hyperactivity, the tears, the anger, the agression the manic mood swings where my sons is frightened of death on a daily basis, hitting hilself because he cant do soemthing properly, oh and dontfoget the impulsive outburts he displays on a daily basis? and thats just to name a few! hes not medicated because ignorant people like you have said try the alternatives! i have for 3 years and I have watched this disorder take my son away!
I agree there may not be some nice draw backs on medication but without it hes just problem child that people like you will never understand! and by the way when hes not having any of these side effects he is the most loving child and I am so blessed to have him in my life regardless of his syndrome!
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Apr 15, 2006
 
Tennessee wrote:
As an adult ADD'er, it would be like giving my life away if Adderall was taken away from me. Ive had ADD since I was a child, and when Adderall came out, and my physician prescribed it, it gave me a whole new life.

People dont understand this condition if they do not have it. No such people should be posting to take it away,..if you do not know the effects of ADD and how this medication helps. If some of these posters against these medications, had ADD, they wouldnt be writing against the medicine. They would be writing my post.

Tennessee
I know how you feel. I was taken off of dexatrine or dextroamphetamine when I graduated high school. That was the medication that was prescribed to me when I was diagnosed with ADD. I was told that I would grow out of my ADD but still today I have so much trouble paying attention to important things and my mind is constantly going. I am always daydreaming and when training for a new job I still find it hard to catch on. People need to experience the symptoms of ADD or ADHD before you start saying how the medications used to treat them need to be done away with. I don't know where I'd be today if my mom had not taken me in to see the doctor who diagnosed me with ADD.
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Apr 18, 2006
 
i know how all you feel i have adhd so yea is so annoying
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Apr 20, 2006
 
My daughter has add and we have tried every medicine there is. Just this week she started on a vitamin/ herb combination regimine, hopefully it will work. She does seem a little calmer and I only had to tell her to get in the shower three times tonight....
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Apr 22, 2006
 
Hi;

I decided to post here a second time to address the issue more directly.

The FDA is not totally wrong to put advisories on certain medications. Why?

They don't accomplish the goal of helping someone with ADD/ADHD (Ritalin is an older med, and not very good at helping people with ADHD).

Perhaps if the drug industry came out with the proper medications, our Doctors wouldn't have to prescribe meds that only touch on the surface of the problem.
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Apr 25, 2006
 
I think it's amazing that there are so many kids today growing up with a perceived "Ritalin" deficiency. Then again, the question arises: Why are the symptoms instead of the underlying causes being addressed?
If the parents of these children went to the trouble of questioning the medicinemen on the actual reasons why this is the current paradigm, I think they'll find the answers to be wanting.
Just think about this for a minute. Someone is making a huge bundle off all this. It appears Michael Moore was right when he once remarked that the American economy functions on fear and consumption. The greater the fear, the greater the consumption. Well, it seems to have worked so far.
ADHD can be effectively addressed with other, less costly 'non-patented' modalities.
But, it seems the public have become the 'innocent' victims of their own naivity and profit-motivated system; a system which conveniently puts the dollar at the top of the hierarchy before the beneficial welfare of its people. Ah, yes, I can see it now... the fat cats pensive, on their knees about to say, "Let us 'prey!"
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May 11, 2006
 
Hi
ou do not have to sit through the whole tape at once as it is broken into different sections and exercises. Also, since it is on media player you can move to any part of the video when ever you want over and over- besides- isn't the parent suppose to help too?
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Most people I know with ADHD or ADD could not sit through a 40 minute tape on how they can just follow these guidelines and be cured. Most of them, if not all, who could possibly stay put for 40 minutes to watch this film or whatever you are selling, would forget what they seen anyway.
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May 18, 2006
 
PPL that come in here offering advise on diets and love and attention need to have my son for a week. No amount of love and affection and DIET will make him act in a more normal way. I had a very diffuclt decision to make by giving him medication... probably one of the toughest in my life. a month ago they were ready to kick him out and send him to a special Ed school... because after damn near a year of work there was so little progress...running out of class...diving into the reading tent ...walking around disturbing outher sudents... EXTREAM overreaction to the littlest things. After 27 Mg of Concerta he is a totaly differnt child. They are going to keep him enroled and send him on to second grade now!
TO ALL THOSE WHO THINK DIET LOVE AND AFFECTION IS THE CURE. Imagine having a child that after 5 seconds of talking to them they are jumping on your head , LITERALY. Under medication ...I can chat with him for hours. I love it and I really have my son now :)

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