ADHD Drugs Pose Serious Risk to Children

A new study has found that drugs used to treat attention deficit disorders may put kids at risk for of sudden death. The study, in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found an association between stimulant medications (like Ritalin) used to treat ADHD may cause sudden death in healthy children. In the past, there have been published reports indicating warning signs of danger. Last year, even the American Heart Association suggested the initiation of routine heart screening tests prior to starting children with ADHD on stimulant drugs and called for future studies to assess the risk of sudden death. The manufacturers of the drugs are still denying an association, with some refusing to comment to media inquiry.

ADHD Drugs and Sudden Unexplained Death

Adolescents taking stimulant medications such as Ritalin for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could possibly be several times more likely to suffer sudden unexplained death when compared to children not taking such drugs, according to a recent study funded by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Chiropractic and children with ADHD

I tell patients that the most common reason that children are referred in my practice is ADHD and that I have several patients who are teachers and refer children in the practice all of the time. I definitely have several teachers that are patients and several of them send children to the practice. I bet we get at least one a month sometimes more. The truth is that most of the children that become patients in our practice become patients because their parents bring them into the office as part of a family that has decided to get adjusted.