Chewable ADHD drug for children is a hard pill to swallow

If a child you love were irritable and struggling to sit still… and it had gotten bad enough to cause problems at school… you’d do whatever it takes to make him feel better, right?

Anyone would.

For years, my colleagues in conventional medicine have been quick to diagnose fidgety children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to medicate them with prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.

And now, almost THREE QUARTERS of those diagnosed with ADHD are on meds.

Those drugs may slow a kid down and get them to focus, but they come with serious risks – including suicidal thoughts, not to mention loss of bone density, nausea, lack of appetite, and more.

But this time, mainstream medicine may have taken things just a bit too far.

Big Pharma has developed Adzenys – a chewable, fruity new central nervous system stimulant that turns dangerous amphetamines into tasty treat.

Headlines are calling Adzenys “chewable,” but in reality, children don’t even have to chew the thing – because the extended-release tablet dissolves on their little tongues!

And I do mean little. Adzenys is approved for tikes as young as six years old.

The fruit-flavoured approach to medicating children is a big issue. If something tastes good, they’re going to want more of it. And considering the fact that Adzenys is a controlled substance — meaning that taking even just one extra pill can have dire consequences.

Big Pharma and the mainstream have been in cahoots for years to keep children medicated. But starting them off so early may teach them to treat the medicine cabinet – or their mummy’s purse – like a sweets dispenser.

And even those young people who don’t need them may want them all the same.

Adzenys may taste good and be easy to take, but it’s no safer than any of the other ADHDdrugs. Adzenys also comes with a laundry list of side effects – ranging from dry mouth and rapid pulse to sudden death.

And it doesn’t mean that taking it will solve whatever is making the child bounce off the walls.

ADHD is an easy diagnosis to make, but it’s not always the right one. You might be surprised at what can cause attention issues, like what they’re eating. Changing their diet and making sure they’re getting the right vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients might improve their concentration and behavior.

Then again, it may be something that’s happening at school that’s making the child act out. It’s easy to forget how stressful the classroom AND recess can both be.

And finally, it’s possible that the tiny Tasmanian Devil may just have to spin around until he tires himself out. Some children can grow out of their “disorder” with just the passage of time.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Source:

Tasty and easy to take, new ADHD drug alarms some psychiatrists, statnews.com/2016/05/23/adhd-drug-concerns/

FDA Okays First Orally Disintegrating Tablet for ADHD in Children, medscape.com/viewarticle/857892

HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION, accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/204326s000lbl.pdf

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