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ADHD Drugs Cause Sudden Death in Children


Sudden Death in Children Linked to ADHD Drugs Drugs May Cause Heart Problems in Children By Daphney Washington, Editor  Many children, especially African-American children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactiviity Disorder,(ADHD). School officials have pushed for these drugs to control behavior in children without taking concern for the dangerous side effects or long term health risks. Doctors have prescribed several drugs to control ADHD. However, the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has reported that between 1992 and 2005, there have been 24 cases of sudden deaths in children, and the deaths have been attributed to using ADHD drugs.

The drugs commonly used for ADHD are Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Adderall. These drugs are said to increase the heart rate and raise the blood pressure. The FDA now requires pharmaceutical companies to put a warning label on the bottle, which states, "Some instances of sudden death in children with heart problems." Some feel that the drugs may actually cause heart problems in children. The American Heart Association, suggests that all children should get their hearts checked via electrocardiogram, for problems before going on the drugs.

An estimated 2.5 million children take ADHD drugs, and 1.5 million adults. In addition to the cardiovasular side effects, the warning label suggests that these drugs can suppress children's growth, create a heightened risk for psychosis, bi-polar illness and aggression. For more information, visit the FDA website or the National Institute of Mental Health.






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