ADHD Medications Unsafe for Children, Research Suggests
Stimulant medications, including ADHD medications, have recently come under increased scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the release of research suggestive of a link between the medications and increased risk of sudden cardiac death in children.
The FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research are conducting additional studies to further determine any correlation between ADHD medications and cardiovascular problems. Although the potential link is a cause for concern, the FDA has advised parents to continue administering ADHD medications to their children until further information is gained on the topic.
ADHD Medication Side Effects
A study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry in June 2009 compared a group of children who died in automotive accidents to children who died unexpectedly of unknown causes – later determined to be cardiac arrhythmias. Of the children who died of undiagnosed cardiovascular disease, approximately two percent were prescribed stimulant medications.
While the FDA and other health organizations acknowledge several limitations of the study, they believe the study highlights the potential risk of prescribing ADHD medications to children without first screening for heart problems. These health organizations are working with researchers to determine if a causal relationship exists between ADHD medications and sudden cardiac death in children.
Side Effects of Ritalin and Adderall
Intended to manage the symptoms of ADHD, Ritalin and Adderall are often abused as a study aide or weight loss aide. ADHD medication abuse can lead to a number of adverse side effects, including:
- Changes in heart beat
- Mood swings
- Personality changes
- Uncontrolled movements
- Verbal tics
In addition, many healthcare professionals are urging patients to cease use of ADHD medications if they experience chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting, as this could signify cardiovascular problems.
ADHD Medication Lawsuits
Although additional research is being conducted, patients who develop heart problems while taking ADHD medications may be eligible for compensation. Defective drug manufacturers can be held liable for any damage caused to consumers from their products, and are responsible for properly warning consumers of serious side effects. Family members who have lost a loved one to sudden cardiac death involving ADHD medications can also file a wrongful death claim. In many instances, victims of defective drugs are entitled to compensatory and punitive damages, which offset the costs of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
To learn more about filing a claim against ADHD medication manufacturers, contact the defective drug lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz at (888) 255-2956 today.