Drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can cause children to have hallucinations even when taken as directed, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers analyzed data from 49 clinical studies conducted by makers of the drugs and found they can cause psychosis and mania in some patients, including some with no obvious risk factors. In some cases, children hallucinated that worms, bugs or snakes were crawling on them.
“Patients and physicians should be aware of the possibility that psychiatric symptoms consistent with psychosis or mania” might arise in the course of treatment, Dr. Andrew Mosholder and colleagues wrote in the journal Pediatrics.
Their analysis provides fresh detail about known risks of the drugs, which include Novartis AG’s Ritalin and Focalin XR, Shire Plc’s Adderall XR and Daytrana patch, Johnson & Johnson’s Concerta, Eli Lilly and Co’s Strattera and Celltech Pharmaceuticals Inc’s Metadate CD.
It also includes data on Cephalon Inc’s modafinil, sold as Provigil, a narcolepsy drug that was rejected as an ADHD treatment in children.
FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh said the data formed the basis for recent warnings about psychiatric side effects that have been added to product labels in recent years.
Millions of children use drugs to treat symptoms of ADHD, which affects about three to seven percent of U.S. children.
The first of the two video is from the Frontline film: Medicating Kids. The boy in this particular clip is on Focalin (among other drugs), one of the medications mentioned in the article above.
While this is a commendable documentary on the ill effects of drugging children, it fails to address nutritional and environmental issues.
The boy here is shown eating corn dogs and gatorade. From a September 26, 2007 Washington Post article, ‘public health advocates want the standards to ban the sale of Gatorade and Powerade, which typically contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas and more sodium.” It also contains food coloring which has been shown to negatively impact behavior.
Hot dogs are flavor enhanced with MSG, a known neurotoxin, and nitrates, as well as red food coloring and a sundry of other unsavory ingredients.
The Wholesale Drugging of Children:
Nutrition & Behavior: Russell Blaylock, MD