“Stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could increase the risk of sudden death in children who have no underlying heart conditions.”
This is just bizarre. First you have these prescriptions given out to every kid under the sun with an attitude problem or learning difficulties, but now in rare cases kids are dropping dead. This just keeps getting worse.
“Such drugs have carried warnings since 2006 about an increased risk of sudden death in children or teens known to have serious heart abnormalities. But this is the first study to link the stimulants to sudden death in otherwise healthy young people, say officials of the Food and Drug Administration, which helped pay for the research. Further research is needed to confirm the finding, they said.
Columbia University scientists compared stimulant use in 564 young people who suffered sudden unexplained death with that of 564 killed in car accidents. They ranged in age from 7 to 19 and died between 1985 and 1996.
Researchers excluded subjects with identified heart abnormalities or a family history of sudden unexplained death. They interviewed parents and looked at autopsy reports to determine whether the victim had a heart abnormality or had been taking an ADHD stimulant drug..”
“An estimated 2.5 million U.S. children take ADHD stimulants, according to an editorial accompanying the study, published online by the American Journal of Psychiatry.”
Yes I took most of this article from other sources, but I couldn’t put any other way. It is a small section of people affected by this occurrence, but for a prescription that often isn’t needed it is insane that this is happening in the first place. There will be more evidence showing the over prescription of this drug and others which will eventually lead to an FDA overhaul, but until then be aware of what you and your kids may be taking.
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