All you have to do is to read a few ADHD blogs and you will soon see that the problems some children have in taking psychostimulant ADHD medication is alarming to say the least. There is concern about one particular drug called Strattera. Questions have been raised in the Australian Parliament about the cost of the drug and especially about the side effects from Strattera.
Still in Australia, the watchdog Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been taking a long hard look at Strattera. It found that children had problems with stunted growth, weight loss and swollen testicles in boys. There were also cases of suicidal thoughts. They mentioned extreme cases where one child had violent mood swings and very strange behaviour- when travelling by car the child tried to open the car door. They reported excessive anger outbursts where one child (12 years old) tried to rip out her fingernails.
Other unfortunate children say they cannot sleep or if they do, they constantly wake up and are plagued by weird dreams. Restlessness persists throughout the night. Hardly the way to create a happy carefree childhood. In the USA, the FDA has asked the manufacturers to issue a warning of possible suicidal thoughts when taking Strattera. The FDA rather coyly states there was a “small but statistically significant” risk of suicidal thoughts among the children and adolescents taking this ADHD drug!
And as if that wasn’t enough, when you read the leaflet inside the box of Strattera, you are faced with a daunting list of problems to be monitored. Of course the percentage of cases is small but liver function, heart problems (these are called cardiovascular events!), blood pressure, manic episodes with possible bipolar disorder, allergic reactions and aggressive behaviour (hostility !)all feature prominently on the list of Strattera side effects.
Well, nobody knows how Strattera works exactly but as it seems to keep children calmer, nobody seems too worried and well, the side effects from Strattera, will be played down by the pharmaceutical company making it, and also the FDA. What we do know is that the drug stimulates a brain hormone called norepinephrine ( a cousin of adrenaline) and hey presto, hyperactivity, restlessness and focusing on tasks are all under control. No more impulsive behaviour and fidgeting – but at what price ?
Any parent who wants their child to grow up happy and serene and without trauma will steer clear of psychostimulant drugs especially Strattera side effects and will look for a natural, safer and cheaper ADHD alternative therapy which is not addictive and will never be sold on the school parking lot as a drug! Click on the link below this article to find out some answers about a
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