The side effects of Adderall and similar drugs are well known, yet doctors continue to prescribe them. The most recent revenue information shows that Shire, the manufacturer, made almost $150 million from the drug in just three months.
Adderall, like Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine and similar medications, is a stimulant (amphetamine) which helps the brain normalize levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
It is the imbalance of these chemicals that is believed to be the root of ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and related medical conditions, although modern science does not know for sure.
However, the possible Adderall side effects are numerous, and in some cases can cause serious harm.
Although the drug can be helpful in temporarily alleviating the symptoms of ADHD (difficulty paying attention, staying still, concentrating, controlling urges), as a parent you should be aware of the dangers inherent in these medications.
People who have been taking Adderall have reported numerous issues. The following prescribing information is taken directly from the official Adderall web site:
Most Reported Problems
Other Potential Reactions
It is very important to know that long-term effects of Adderall have not been well established.
There are published reports that the administration of Adderall and other amphetamine may "exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance and thought disorder."
Also, there may exist a relationship between the use of stimulants and suppression of growth. You are advised to monitor growth and weight gain during Adderall treatment.
Other possible concerns: exacerbating motor and phonic tics and Tourette's syndrome.
Although some of these issues are rare, they are still cause for concern and pre-screening as well as monitoring is crucial to determine whether or not a patient should even be taking this drug.
Because Adderall can be prescribed by any doctor, many of them may not be as aware of the danger signs as a trained psychiatrist would be, thus prescribing it for a patient who might experience serious health complications.
If you do decide that Adderall is right for you or your child, or someone you know is currently taking Adderall, make sure you are aware of all of the possible side effects and make sure that your physician is fully aware of the medical history and current health condition.
ADHD has been linked to poor neurotransmitter (brain chemical) health, likely due to nutrient deficiencies. Studies have shown that this can be overcome by providing the brain with nutrients that it needs to perform at optimal levels.
Many children, teenagers and adults have serious nutrient deficiencies due to their diets and lifestyles. Fast food, processed meals, few fruits and vegetables...this kind of eating literally starves the brain (and the rest of your body) of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other important compounds it needs.
We have found a product with natural ingredients that can actually "feed" the neurotransmitters.
These ingredients can help promote brain function - increasing mental concentration and self-control, as well as helping maintain focus and attention.
The product is called Focus Formula and it contains all natural ingredients that may help treat the symptoms of ADHD as well as promote mental health and general well-being.
Focus Formula has a synergized blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other important nutrients for the body.
Many of our staff as well as our visitors have experienced success with Focus Formula. One of our staff member's daughters is currently taking Focus Formula to avoid the possible Adderall side effects. She has reported that thus far it seems to be helpful in treating some of her ADHD symptoms.
More information about Focus Formula:
We extensively researched the company that makes this natural formula and have found that they adhere to strict GMP compliance, which are the highest manufacturing standards in the world. This ensures the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients.
Also, they only use standardized herbal extracts, the purest herbal extracts with the highest quality and therapeutic benefits.
As with all health supplements, results vary from person to person so be sure to consult your physician or qualified medical professional before taking any product to avoid possible Adderall problems.
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