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I’m sorry to hear your son suffered from taking ADHD medication. Loss of appetite is one of the side effects that are covered in our video series on medication. A doctor will know about other side-effects, including problems with sleep and risks for people with heart issues.
About 70% of people who try an ADHD medication have a good result, with the benefits outweighing any downsides. This is why millions of adults take these medications on a daily basis and why they’ve been used to help people with ADHD since the 1960s’. That said there are those who find the medication does nothing, or the side-effects are intolerable. The kind of experiences your son and nephew had are rare, but they do happen. Of course, everyone is different and any medication–from aspirin to penicillin, can trigger bad side effects for a percentage of the population. The same is true of anything we put in our bodies or on our skin. I am allergic to strawberries and skin cream with chamomile gives me a terrible rash.
As always, with any medication, the doctor should be monitoring progress. Ultimately, the decision to take medication or continue taking it is up to each person, or their guardian.
I’m glad your nephew earned straight A’s after open heart surgery. That’s amazing.
As for your suggestion that I’m ‘high’, my own experience has been that medication does the opposite of getting me ‘high.’ I’m actually calmer and clearer. But the effect is so subtle that when I forget to take my pill in the morning, as happens with ADHD, I may not notice any difference until late in the afternoon when I find myself feeling overwhelmed and scattered. And some days, when I’m like that my wife asks, “Did you take your pill.” And I have to go and check. Sometimes I have, sometimes not. On the other hand, if I miss my cup of mild coffee in the morning, I end up with a headache by mid-afternoon.
So the effect for me, and many people who take medication, is not obvious. My family members don’t notice the difference. It simply shows up in how much I get done, how calm I am, how I’m able to pause and react more thoughtfully to what I’m doing or whatever comes up. My son has a similar experience.
As for the rat studies, they’re interesting, but as you may know, the FDA doesn’t use the results of rat testing to regulate medications for humans. We’re very different creatures.
And yes, the substance abuse and addiction problem is huge in America. I don’t drink and have never smoked, inhaled, or taken any drugs. I saw what they did to my High School friends and never touched them. As for the current crisis, the main culprits are opioids, cannabinoids, and of course alcohol.
Like pretty much everyone, I was concerned about becoming addicted. But I learned that people who take their medication, as prescribed, do not typically get addicted to the medication. However, as ADHD is a risk factor for possible substance use problems, (what with our impulsivity and restlessness and affinity to take risks) for some folks with ADHD, it can have possible addiction potential, if they already have a history of substance use problems.
Why are you promoting ADHD Meds without any opposing points of view.
My son suffered from taking the ADHD medication. He lost 20 percent of his body weight and developed rashes. The doctor insisted on keeping my son on the medication and even like your your PBS said that my son’s entire future was in danger if he did not take the meds. I took my son to a cardiologist, who told me my son had developed tachycardia from taking the Medication.
His pediatrician dropped him like a hot potato for fear of getting sued. My nephew was not so lucky. He went into cardiac arrest and had to have open heart surgery to save his life. That year he got all A’s without taking any meds and his teachers commended his behavior.
Furthermore your rants about how great it is to be on the meds. is pure B.S. Like any addiction, of course the feeling of getting high is great. New Hampshire at that time was the most ADHD medicated state in the USA and the world. Now it is the drug overdose capitol of the USA according to the president of the United States.
Below is a letter from Shire stating what the drug is neuro toxic in rats and what it does to Rat Brains.
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January 22, 2014 Ref: US14-000376
Subject: Adderall XR® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product)
Dear James Paicopolos:
Thank you for your recent medical information inquiry regarding Adderall XR®. We understand that you have requested information on neuro-toxic effects of Adderall XR.
ADDERALL XR® PRODUCT SUMMARY
Adderall XR® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients ages 6 and above as an integral part of a total treatment program that may include other measures (psychological, educational and social).
The efficacy of Adderall XR in the treatment of ADHD was established on the basis of two controlled trials in children aged 6 to 12, one controlled trial in adolescents aged 13 to 17, and one controlled trial in adults who met DSM-IV® criteria for ADHD. The effectiveness of Adderall XR for more than 3 weeks in children and 4 weeks in adolescents and adults has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials. Extended use should be periodically reevaluated for long-term usefulness for the individual patient.
WARNING: POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE
Amphetamines have a high potential for abuse. Administration of amphetamines for prolonged periods of time may lead to drug dependence. Pay particular attention to the possibility of subjects obtaining amphetamines for non- therapeutic use or distribution to others and the drugs should be prescribed or dispensed sparingly.
Misuse of amphetamine may cause sudden death and serious cardiovascular adverse reactions.
Adderall XR is contraindicated in patients with advanced arteriosclerosis, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, moderate to severe hypertension, hyperthyroidism, known
hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to sympathomimetic amines, glaucoma, agitated states, history of drug abuse, or during or within 14 days after treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) as hypertensive crisis can occur.
Sudden death in children and adolescents with structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems, as well as sudden death, stroke, and myocardial infarction in adults has been reported in CNS stimulant treatment at usual doses. Stimulants generally should not be used in patients with known structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious heart rhythm abnormalities, or other serious cardiac problems. Adults have a greater likelihood than children of having such cardiac disease. Patients being considered for stimulant treatment should have a careful history (including assessment for a family history of sudden death or ventricular arrhythmia) and a physical exam to assess for the presence of cardiac disease. Further evaluation should be conducted if needed (e.g., electrocardiogram and echocardiogram). Patients who develop symptoms suggestive of cardiac disease (e.g., exertional chest pain, unexplained syncope) during stimulant treatment should undergo a prompt cardiac evaluation.
Use with caution in patients whose underlying medical condition might be compromised by increases in blood pressure or heart rate. Stimulants cause modest increases in average blood pressure (about 2-4 mmHg) and average heart rate (about 3-6 bpm) and patients may have larger increases. Monitor all patients for larger changes. Use of stimulants may cause psychotic or manic symptoms in patients with no prior history, or exacerbation of symptoms in patients with pre-existing psychosis. Prior to initiating treatment with a stimulant, patients with comorbid depressive symptoms should be adequately screened to determine if they are at risk for bipolar disorder. Monitor for aggressive behavior.
Monitor growth in children during treatment with Adderall XR. Children who are not growing or gaining weight as expected may need to have their treatment interrupted.
Stimulants may lower the convulsive threshold. Discontinue if seizures develop. Stimulants, including Adderall XR, used to treat ADHD are associated with peripheral
vasculopathy, including Raynaud® phenomenon. Signs and symptoms generally improve
after reduction in dose or discontinuation of drug. Careful observation for digital changes (e.g., numbness, pain, skin color change, or sensitivity to temperature and rarely ulcerations and/or soft tissue breakdown) is necessary during treatment and may require further evaluation (e.g. referral).
Visual disturbances and exacerbation of tics and Tourette’s syndrome have been reported with stimulant treatment.
The most common adverse reactions (>_ 5% and with a higher incidence than on placebo) reported with Adderall XR during the clinical trials were:
o Children ages 6-12: loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, emotional liability, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, and fever;
o Adolescents ages 13-17: loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, weight loss, and nervousness;
o Adults: dry mouth, loss of appetite, insomnia, headache, weight loss, nausea, anxiety, agitation, dizziness, tachycardia, diarrhea, asthenia, and urinary tract infections.
Adderall XR is available as 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 25 mg and 30 mg extended release capsules. Dosage of Adderall XR should be individualized according to the therapeutic needs and response of the patient and administered at the lowest effective dosage. Please refer to Adderall XR prescribing information for specific dosing information.
The above product summary does not include all of the information needed to use Adderall XR safely and effectively. Please see the enclosed Full Prescribing Information, including the Boxed Warning regarding Potential for Abuse for Adderall XR.
This information is supplied as a courtesy in response to your inquiry. It is not intended to recommend any indication, dosage, or other use that is not covered in the Adderall XR® package insert(s).
Please discuss this information and any additional questions with your physician or health care provider. He or she knows your medical history and is in the best position to give you appropriate information about your medications.
Noemie Berube-Carriere, PhD Medical Affairs Associate
Adderall XR [Package Insert]. Wayne, PA: Shire US Inc.
Neuro-toxic Effects of Adderall XR
Thank you for your enquiry regarding animal or human study data on neuro-toxic effects, memory loss, effects on IQ, and brain atrophy associated with the use of Adderall XR® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product). Please see relevant Prescribing Information below pertaining to these topics. A copy of the prescribing information is enclosed.
RELEVANT PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY Animal
Toxicology and/or Pharmacology
Acute administration of high doses of amphetamine (d- or d,l-) has been shown to produce long-lasting neurotoxic effects, including irreversible nerve fiber damage, in rodents. The significance of these findings to humans is unknown (Adderall XR PI).
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
In a juvenile developmental study, rats received daily oral doses of amphetamine (d to I enantiomer ratio of 3:1, the same as in Adderall XR) of 2, 6, or 20 mg/kg on days 7-13 of age; from day 14 to approximately day 60 of age these doses were given b.i.d. for total daily doses of 4, 12, or 40 mg/kg. The latter doses are approximately 0.6, 2, and 6 times the maximum recommended human dose for children of 30 mg/day, on a mg/m2 basis. Post dosing hyperactivity was seen at all doses; motor activity measured prior to the daily dose was decreased during the dosing period but the decreased motor activity was largely absent after an 18 day drug-free recovery period. Performance in the Morris water maze test for learning and memory was impaired at the 40 mg/kg dose, and sporadically at the lower doses, when measured prior to the daily dose during the treatment period; no recovery was seen after a 19 day drug-free period. A delay in the developmental milestones of vaginal opening and preputial separation was seen at 40 mg/kg but there was no effect on fertility (Adderall XR PI).
ADDERALL XR® [package insert]. Wayne, PA: Shire US Inc.
I can get from the teachers with add page to the homepage but not the other way around, I’m already too frustrated to continue!!!!!
Hi! The resources on this site are wonderful! I’m looking forward to perusing the videos and site. For the record, last year I watched ADD and Loving it?! in one of my classes.. by the end I was 95% sure I had ADHD also! Soooo in my 40s, I’ve now been diagnosed and I LOVE IT! Haha! It explains my whole life!!! Thank you for all of the information you’re providing. Also, way back in the day I met Rick Green at Word on the Street in Toronto and asked for his autograph for my younger brother who watched his show, Prisoners of Gravity. I caught episodes with my lil bro after that and also enjoyed the show 🙂
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Can anyone out there tell me if they’re too emotional? If so… what meds have helped you? More often than not, I seem to “feel” very deeply, and can sense others’ emotions… too much, and cry even when very happy… and very sad. I’m currently on Welbutrin (300), over 50, done with menopause, and would like to know how others have handled their overly empathic ways. Besides being an ugly crier… : ) I need to know if there are any meds better suited for someone like me.
It’s actually difficult to even log In and know if I’m do my I wtong or even on this site and going to be understood and pissably find any help. I have every single SYMTOMS of Ashe and all ready been diagnosed but easily done just in speaking with people it’s to know. I’m now divorced after a 27 year MARRAGE and have gone on to not find myself at all able to function Inwhat was TOTTALLY to right off and go on to be somthing g even my own ATTORNY only commented on I. That she was concerned I would not handle well and I also agreed yet somehow in all the SADDNESS and disbelief of divorce it went on as if I’d not asked THET to be u sera told and please help me i. All theft was acknowledged as concern and I confirmed YES and I needed to be given that support and have it to make sure I was take. Care if and represented I. The divorce so I would not be to find her concerns had then gone on to prove valid , which unfortunately they did and I am now in such a state of ?? Can’t even find the words to dis five what I believe is becouse of my ADD and what I know I am still accountable for or think I am but has been so overwhelming and choices I have followed along and made and now think I’ve been a victim and still will not ever be ok in what I’ve gone on to learn my own family would choose to not understand and or support and has throw. Me out to a world I’d never been exposed to as if I would suddenly know and be able to handle and becouse it was not ever to allow me to do when married but then I somehow was expected to understand and handle it is now my fault in all that I have RUIEND list given away or messed up and I’m not even sure how much trouble I may be in but it’s been said I’m on my own after I asked for hel p and APPOLIGIZED for what I thought I’d done that needed apology but truly still feel more like even that’s not the case and I asked for help u errata do g and GUIDENCE to teach and believe in me and show my three children there mom was to respect and value but FOhnd that was too much to ask and am on my own after having millions and never having to learn such normal things that I was expected to understand and handle after the DEVISTATIon of divorce and having to live in a community with my ex who is ADDORED by all and wealthy and sucsseful and truly really is a good man but did not know how or what to think and just needed somthing more then I could be so just looks like I’m to. Be BLQMED which has take.n all I cared about away from me and I am struggling to find anything g will be ok after the damage is done and I’ve LITTERALLY lost everyone and everything I cared about but even worse in what I find I’m seen as a freak who is stupid and all that goes along with this add
Hi everyone *ss*
My name is Gina and im from Denmark 🙂
Im 52 and TOTALY ADHD – got 2 wonderfull daughters – Nadia is 26, and Vicktoria is 14, they both ARE (is say i am ADHD, i dot got ADHD) wonderfull ADHD girls <3 The 3 of us also got side diagnoses. I have a Mainecoon breed called Tomahawk, and the cats give us so much every day – every one with ADHD could have at least one cat or another pet.
Hugs to you all.
I am a mom and wife and all 4 of us have been diagnosed with ADHD. My youngest was the first to be diagnosed 5 years ago, I was next this past January, followed by my oldest and lastly my husband. The past 2 years have been the hardest on all of us, with not enough support in the schools, misunderstanding in the work place and not enough professionals too teach us the tools and strategies to teach us ways to get us out of our bad habits. It has been such a struggle, I have gone through 8 jobs creating fear and self doubt along with a host of financial problems… I have lost faith and really am not sure which way to go.
how does blog works… can i post
Hi I am a healthcare professional and a mother of a teen with ADHD.
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I wonder if there is a non medication like vitiams to help with my ADHD thank you Brian DuPont
Well, I got about 12 seconds into the Stat Here video and was distracted by other things….
How does Connect work? Do I need a different email address
I totally agree, I do, Myzee,
3’s a better number than zero to me!
Your comment has that ADD style
Surely had to give me a smile!
p.s. is there a little thing button to push somewhere if we want to delete or edit our comments????
Wow….I saw that nobody had commented here yet…..actually it’s not true that nobody commented here….shouldn’t I have said ‘not anybody’…..more gramatically correct would be ‘someone didn’t comment here????
……ok…I just caught myself….now back on topic ………………………………………did I have a topic ?……I just didn’t like seeing 0 COMMENTS posted under this video….didn’t seem right somehow…..and I gotta admit…I do feeel special when I’m FIRST…..now I’m feeling that if anybody here is reading this they might be judging me because of what I’m saying…
.but no….The Code of Honour(or is that Honor with no ‘u’)…I like it with the ‘u’ as in ‘you’…. makes it more personal ………anyway…
.maybe I should take my picture down,,,,can’t remember how it got there anyway….joined this group ages ago and just now participating…….
anyway…It’s much easier if I feel y’all think I’m ‘wingy’ if I hide right….??…won’t be as embarassing
Ok….so I’m going now and now there’s no…or rather there ‘isn’t’ any lonley little 0 COMMENTS posted under this video…..
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