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Medicating the Genius Out of Our Kids
June 3, 2014

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…


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…


Quick Hits: FDA Approves New Antibiotic, ADHD Med, and Opioid Use in Depressed Patients
June 22, 2017

Quick Hits: FDA Approves New Antibiotic, ADHD Med, and Opioid Use in Depressed Patients

The FDA has approved Baxdela (delafloxacin), a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is used to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). The drug is available as a tablet or intravenous injection. Labeling for the drug includes a “black box” warning due to serious adverse and potentially irreversible reactions that…


ADHD Medications
January 17, 2019

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…


Are Your ADHD Meds Keeping You Up at Night?
May 20, 2019

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,…


Possible Link Between ADHD Med and Psychotic Symptoms
September 5, 2018

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…


School Success for ADHD Students
August 27, 2015

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….


4 Drugs With Annoying Side Effects You Should Put Up With
June 25, 2018

4 Drugs With Annoying Side Effects You Should Put Up With

Some really useful drugs have irksome side effects, but not all of those persist. Soldier through one or more unpleasant initial symptoms for a few days, weeks or months, and they may subside. What is left is an effective, tolerable treatment. Norman Tomaka, a clinical consultant pharmacist in Melbourne, Fla.,…


5 Ways to Minimize Side Effects of Your Child’s ADHD Meds
August 10, 2016

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…


Do Your Psychiatric Drugs Keep You Up at Night?
April 27, 2017

Do Your Psychiatric Drugs Keep You Up at Night?

If you take a medication for a psychiatric condition, you may have experienced troubled sleep — insomnia, daytime sleepiness, or any other numbers of sleep-related disorders. I have treated patients with myriad sleep difficulties who take antidepressants, antipsychotics and even medications to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While no one…