Tuesday, 18 September 2007

ADHD Drugs A Heart Risk?

The FDA will be collaborating with two agencies to examine possible side effects of drugs (eg Ritalin, Adderall) used in ADHD treatment. This study is going to take two years and will include all drugs taken to cure ADHD. Millions of Americans are taking these medicines and not only children.

What is ADHD ?

ADHD is a common behavioural disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. It is diagnosed approximately three times more often in boys than in girls. ADHD is often called "the benevolent diagnosis." There is strong evidence to support the fact that it is very likely caused by biological factors which influence neurotransmitter activity in certain parts of the brain, and which have a strong genetic basis. The condition is characterized by poor concentration, distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsiveness. ADHD is not caused by poor parenting, too much sugar, or vaccines. Recent research suggests that food additives and food colourings may be to blame . Living with ADHD
can present various challenges

The problem seems to lie in the fact that these drugs raise the heart rate and blood pressure as well and that could possibly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other problems .

This study wants to find out more about the risks associated with the ADHD drugs. If you would like to seek an alternative treatment for your child rather than going down the medication road, you may find the site below helpful.



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