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FDA on ADHD Medications – No Need For Stiffer Warnings

By Brad On April 13, 2011 Under ADHD Medication

The FDA says stiffer warnings are not needed at this time for ADHD medications although they do plan on releasing a full report “after the results of the final analyses are evaluated.”

The FDA started this probe and investigation after it was reported that there were 564 unexplained deaths of children, and of those 564 children, 10 of them were taking stimulant medications for ADHD.

The FDA concluded that there was no correlation found at this time between the deaths and the medication, although they are continuing to look at the data.

Of course we want to be aware of any potential dangers that medications may cause, and for that reason it’s important to keep this all in perspective. While there are isolated cases of deaths from all sorts of medications, in the grand scheme of things, the number of possible deaths related to stimulant medications is very, very small indeed.

Contrast that to the 20,000+ or so people that are killed each year by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)  such as asprin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve).

(According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. That’s only counting people with those two diseases, and only in the US, so we know that the true number is likely multiples higher. Read more.)

We certainly don’t hear about the FDA investing asprin even though it definitely does kill thousands of people a year. So keep this in mind if you’re considering not taking ADHD medications. The dangers of NOT taking your ADHD medication (higher risk for addictions, job and school failure, depression, anxiety, accidents, etc.) far outweighs the potential harm that might come from taking them.

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