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New Research Suggests Higher ADHD Risk in DES Grandchildren

New Research Suggests Higher ADHD Risk in DES Grandchildren

New Research Suggests Higher ADHD Risk in DES Grandchildren A new study found that 7.7% of DES grandchildren in the study population have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, compared to 5.2% of children without any links to DES exposure. After accounting for several other factors, the study suggests that DES grandchildren…

Are Your ADHD Meds Keeping You Up at Night?

Are Your ADHD Meds Keeping You Up at Night?

The truth about attention-deficit meds and insomnia People with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have a harder time falling asleep — in part, says Dr. Russell Ramsay, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, because our minds won’t stop working. “There’s a delayed sleep phase onset,” he explains,…

New Medical Device Approved to Treat ADHD

New Medical Device Approved to Treat ADHD

An estimated 5-10% of American children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. To date, treatments have been limited to cognitive behavioral therapy alone or in concert with drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Last week the FDA approved the Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation System, or eTNS for short, the first…

Some ADHD Drugs May Increase Psychosis Risk

Some ADHD Drugs May Increase Psychosis Risk

A commonly prescribed class of drugs used to treat ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) may slightly increase the risk of developing psychosis in teens and young adults. The stimulant medications in question, amphetamines, go by the brand names Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Researchers examined health insurance claims on…

ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

Many people with epilepsy also have ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). A new study has found that taking ADHD medications such as stimulants does not increase the risk for seizure – it may do the opposite. Swedish researchers examined data from more than 21,000 people with a history of seizures, 6,774…

Need to Know: ADHD Medications

Need to Know: ADHD Medications

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. As of 2016, 9.4% of kids aged two to 17 years had been diagnosed with ADHD, and an estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults aged 18 to 44 years have also been diagnosed. This translates…

Antiepileptic Drug Linked to ADHD in Offspring

Antiepileptic Drug Linked to ADHD in Offspring

Taking a commonly used antiepileptic drug while pregnant may increase the risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring. Danish researchers conducted an observational study of 913,000 children. The study looked at prenatal exposure to Depakote/Depakene (valproate), as well as other antiepileptic drugs. A total of 580 children were determined…

Possible Link Between ADHD Med and Psychotic Symptoms

Possible Link Between ADHD Med and Psychotic Symptoms

Children who are prescribed a popular ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) stimulant may be at risk of experiencing hallucinations or other types of psychotic events, according to a meta-analysis. Danish researchers examined 10 randomized controlled trials and 17 nonrandomized studies that included more than 77,000 participants looking at treatment of ADHD…

Long-Term ADHD Stimulant Use Linked to Opioid Use

Long-Term ADHD Stimulant Use Linked to Opioid Use

People with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) that have taken stimulant medications for a long time also have a higher likelihood of being on an opioid for the long term. Researchers looked at a sample of more than 66,000 Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with ADHD. About one-third of those adults – 21,723…

Have an ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting

Have an ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting

Think the only way to deal with a child who has ADHD is with a stimulant? Think again. More parenting skills and other resources can help your child out more than you might think. What causes hyperactivity and ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)? A combination of temperament, environment and parenting. The…

Surge in ADHD Prescriptions Filled by Women

Surge in ADHD Prescriptions Filled by Women

Attention deficit/hyperactivity drug (ADHD) medication use for women in their late 20s and early 30s jumped 700% between 2013 and 2015, which has raised concerns because there is little information about the drug’s safety before and during pregnancy. Overall, the number of women ages 15-44 who filled a prescription for an…

Tylenol Use in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Children

Tylenol Use in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Children

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…

Can 6 Questions Diagnose Adult ADHD? Probably Not.

Can 6 Questions Diagnose Adult ADHD? Probably Not.

A 6-question test purports to diagnose ADHD in adults. Can such a simple test screen for ADHD when many of its symptoms are associated with other ailments? I had a terrible time writing this blog today. While I was working, I was texting my sister, making a dentist appointment and…

Long-Term ADHD Stimulant Med Use May Stunt Growth

Long-Term ADHD Stimulant Med Use May Stunt Growth

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that are treated with stimulant drugs into adulthood not only face the risk of stunted growth, but also receive no benefit in terms of reducing the severity of symptoms. Results came from the Multimodal Treatment Study, a long-term follow-up study that included 515 patients with…

80% of Kids Undergoing ADHD Treatment Receive Stimulant Meds

80% of Kids Undergoing ADHD Treatment Receive Stimulant Meds

An increasing number of children are visiting their doctor for treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and along with it, the number of prescriptions for drugs, particularly stimulants, used to treat the condition. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2013, an average of…

ADHD and Homework: Skip the Stimulants in Favor of Behavioral Interventions

ADHD and Homework: Skip the Stimulants in Favor of Behavioral Interventions

Behavioral interventions are better than stimulant medication in helping children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) with completing homework. Researchers enrolled 75 children with ADHD who took part in an 8-week summer school session. The children ranged in age from 5 to 12 years old. The students were given either a…

5 Ways to Minimize Side Effects of Your Child’s ADHD Meds

5 Ways to Minimize Side Effects of Your Child’s ADHD Meds

Finding the right type and dose of ADHD meds for each child is trial and error. Luckily, some techniques can help lessen the side effects. While there is a relatively scant amount of research examining the benefits or the risks of stimulant medication -– the most common type of drug…

Starting ADHD Stimulant Meds in Teen Years May Boost Substance Abuse Risk

Starting ADHD Stimulant Meds in Teen Years May Boost Substance Abuse Risk

Taking stimulant medications to treat ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) beginning in childhood for an extended period of time does not increase a young person’s risk of developing a substance abuse problem later in life, according to a new study. While this new information will likely be a relief to many…

3 Situations Where a Child May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD

3 Situations Where a Child May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. But do more kids have ADHD, or are other factors in play? The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, and with it, so have prescriptions for powerful stimulant medications —…

Treating ADHD Without Drugs

Treating ADHD Without Drugs

I have spent many years using an integrative approach to treat children with ADHD, usually using medication only when non-pharmaceutical interventions are not successful. This begs the question: Why not just use medications, since they have been shown to be effective? This could be the topic of an article in…

Irregular Heartbeat Risk Associated with Common ADHD Med

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…

Are We Overmedicating Our Youngest Kids With ADHD?

Are We Overmedicating Our Youngest Kids With ADHD?

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 American Academy of Pediatrics…

New Research on ADHD Meds

New Research on ADHD Meds

With new studies piling up warning of risks of stimulants on kids, are the risks of ADHD meds worth the benefits? I’ve never hidden my concern about giving stimulant medicines to children, teens and even adults with ADHD. When my child was diagnosed ADHD, we took a long, considered view…

Some Young Users of ADHD Drugs Risk Psychotic Side Effects

Some Young Users of ADHD Drugs Risk Psychotic Side Effects

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…

ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids

ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids

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…

School Success for ADHD Students

School Success for ADHD Students

For Kevin, a bright, sociable 8th-grader with ADHD, the first week of school was rough. After stopping Adderall over the summer, he restarted it, knowing it helped him stay focused at school. But for the first few days he had trouble falling asleep — a common result when resuming stimulants….

Slideshow: 5 Must-Reads from 2014

Slideshow: 5 Must-Reads from 2014

Before we say goodbye to 2014, we’d like to ring in the new year with 5 important stories in case you missed them. These articles go to the heart of our mission to change the conversation about side effects. [metaslider id=5816] In the past year, we looked at long- and…

4 Quotes to Spark Conversations and Action

1. ‘We don’t perform trials over the course of 10 years to see what our [drug] decisions now mean for later.’— 1 Drug or 2? – Parents See Risk But Also Hope, New York Times, November 15, 2014 Why not? And if we haven’t until now, what is the excuse…

‘Smart Drugs’ Presence Escalates on Campus

MedShadow reports on off-label abuse NEW YORK CITY, NY, October 20, 2014 – With prescription ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall increasingly prevalent on college campuses today, there is growing concern about the number of non-ADHD college students taking the drugs to enhance their attentiveness and academic success. Today, MedShadow.org, an…

Bright Kids, Dark Future?

Bright Kids, Dark Future?

What’s the harm in using ADHD drugs to get a little help studying? If you actually don’t have ADHD, these stimulants can lead to nausea, headaches, high blood pressure, arrhythmia and other side effects, as I learned by reading Teresa Bergen’s great article ‘Smart Drugs’ on Campus: Too Easy to…

Exercise Before School Has Calming Effect on Kids With ADHD Symptoms

Exercise Before School Has Calming Effect on Kids With ADHD Symptoms

“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…

18 Tips for Mastering Adult ADHD

18 Tips for Mastering Adult ADHD

How adults with ADHD can create a structure that supports them instead of tripping them up Adderall doesn’t need to be a lifetime sentence. Many people find they can taper off and end their dependence on drugs once they’ve created a structure that helps them concentrate. ADHD medicines can be used…

Medicating the Genius Out of Our Kids

Medicating the Genius Out of Our Kids

“More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 and 3 years old are being medicated for ADHD outside established pediatric guidelines.” (NYT) “Valid diagnosis of ADHD in a toddler is not supported by evidence,” according to Susanna Visser, DrPH, MS of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. What happened…

The Changing Face of ADHD

The Changing Face of ADHD

The number of Americans taking medications for ADHD jumped 36 percent from 2008 to 2012 and who do you think comprised the group with the largest spike? Middle-school boys? College kids? Nope, surprisingly, it was young women between the ages of 26 and 34, who experienced a whopping 86% increase…

Sleeping Through the Alarm

Can sleep deprivation cause ADHD? I never linked the two, but Vatsal G. Thakkar did in a New York Times opinion piece. Thakkar is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine in New York and an ADHD sufferer. Or is he? Thakkar was misdiagnosed with ADHD. He…

Only Half the Story

A new study about the negative effect ADHD has in a life over the course of decades is getting a lot of press. Pediatrics Journal released it online on March 4, 2013. You may have seen articles on it in Forbes.com, PsychCentral.com, UPI.com, The Chicago Tribune and other places all with headlines…

The Atlantic Magazine Questions if ADHD/ADD Meds Work

A new study on ADHD medication from Johns Hopkins was reported in The Atlantic magazine, “Study: ADHD Symptoms Persist Despite Medication in 9 Out of 10 Kids.” It found that 160 out of 180 kids on ADHD medicine still exhibited ADHD symptoms 6 years later. The parents, when interviewed, claimed the…

Boys on Stimulants Grow More Slowly

This study was reported in The Medical Journal of Australia,1/22/13. It looked at both height and pubertal attainment (love the scientific term!) for boys between the ages of 7 to 15.99. As has been suspected in the past (the conclusion claims this is the first study to confirm) stimulant medicines used…

Testing New Non-Stimulant Drug for ADHD

Alcobra Ltd (Tel Aviv) has filed with the SEC to raise money in the stock market to test Metadoxine SR (slow release) for use with ADHD sufferers. The money will allow Alcobra to run a Phase II/III trial in preparation for requesting FDA approval for use in ADHD. They intend…

New Study on ADHD

This research was published in the January 2013 journal Pediatrics and sponsored by CHADD.  It followed 551 teens with ADHD from ages 14-16 until they turned 37 years old. They found that the ADHD adults had twice as many health problems, more than twice as likely to have mental health issues,…

ADHD leads to Struggling as an Adult

33 years after ADHD diagnosis, adults were behind their peers and struggling with aspects of ADHD. An article from Time Mag reported on a study about the long-term effect that ADHD has on the social and economic life of a person. This is a discouraging read. The study included 135…

Is ADHD Learned?

Ritalin Gone Wrong(New York Times, January 28, 2012)  is an OpEd piece in which Dr. Sroufe contends that attention-deficit drugs only increase concentration short term. He discusses the history of medical theory on ADHD from the 1960s to today. He notes that the very real possibility that ADHD is affected by experiences…

Does Ritalin lead to drug abuse?

While certainly no one factor determines future drug abuse, many parents worry that using Ritalin or other ADHD drugs might lead to later drug abuse. An article carried in the online journal, Neuropsychopharmacology (catchy title), reported on a study attempting to answer this question. The authors of the study were…

Finding a Med or Therapy for ADHD is Key

In this Q&A from CNN Health(published Jan 10, 2010) Dr. Raison gives a lengthy, thoughtful answer to the question: “What is the long-term effect of Adderall on a child starting it at age 8?” The question goes on more specifically to the appetite suppressant issues with stimulants. Dr. Raisin partially…

No red flags on ADHD meds says Prof Klein, NYU

NYU Child Mind Institute Professor sees no red flags in studies on long term use of ADHD meds. In this video, Dr. Rachel Klein notes that it’s difficult to isolate the effects of ADHD medicines long-term in the body. However, multiple studies have followed children into adolescence without an issue being…

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