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Tylenol Use in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Children

November 1, 2017
Are There Real Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Use During Pregnancy?

Women who use the popular over-the-counter analgesic Tylenol (acetaminophen) long-term during pregnancy may be putting their child at an increased risk of developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Researchers in Norway looked at the births of about 113,000 children whose mothers took acetaminophen during pregnancy. Mothers who took the drug for Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Invokana and Amputations, Nonprescription Ritalin Side Effects, & a Postmarket Studies Lag

May 18, 2017
Quick Hits: Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Homeopathic Med Made With Snake Venom & More

Patients Taking Invokana Have an Increased Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations The FDA reports that the type 2 diabetes medicine Invokana (canagliflozin) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Two large clinical trials showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated Continue Reading →

Irregular Heartbeat Risk Associated with Common ADHD Med

June 2, 2016
Irregular Heartbeat Risk Associated With Common ADHD Med

Children who take a common drug to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may be at an increased risk for developing an irregular heartbeat.

The drug, methylphenidate, is the active ingredient in Concerta, Daytrana and Ritalin. Children who took methylphenidate had a 61% increased risk of arrhythmias within the first 2 months of Continue Reading →

Are We Overmedicating Our Youngest Kids With ADHD?

May 4, 2016

Are we overmedicating our youngest children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes we are.

That startling answer comes from a brand new analysis of statistics that the public health agency conducted. The bottom line: Despite guidelines from the Continue Reading →

Some Young Users of ADHD Drugs Risk Psychotic Side Effects

December 31, 2015

Young users of ADHD drugs who have a parent with a history of mental illness have a greater risk of psychotic side effects, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Nearly 2/3 of the 141 study subjects prescribed stimulant medications had a psychotic side effect. These side effects Continue Reading →

ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids

December 10, 2015

For some kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulant medications used to control symptoms may keep them from getting the sleep they need, a research review from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln confirms. About 3.5 million children who are diagnosed with ADHD are commonly-prescribed stimulant medications like Ritalin and Adderall. The analysis Continue Reading →

Exercise Before School Has Calming Effect on Kids With ADHD Symptoms

September 29, 2014

“Some morning exercise before beginning school can calm symptoms in kids with ADHD, researchers suggest, and offer an alternative to drug treatments. In a study, young children displaying signs of ADHD were increasingly attentive and showed less moody behavior after participating in regular, half-hour aerobic activity sessions before school, the Continue Reading →