If you have children or grandchildren, at some point you’ve gotten the dreaded call home from school. Maybe Billy was sitting in the school nurse’s office with a sore throat… or in the head teacher’s office after getting into a fight in the playground.
But on a cold January day just a few years back, the parents of nine-year-old Montana got news from their school that would turn their lives upside down forever.
Their young, handsome son… a child who should have been daydreaming about superheroes or becoming a famous football player… had ended his own life in the school bathroom.
The media called it a suicide, but Montana’s parents weren’t so sure. They believe their son may have been killed by a notorious and potentially deadly ADHD drug that may have left scores of victims in its wake… and could be about to leave countless more. And there are plenty of signs they might be right.
Vyvanse — a notorious and potentially deadly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug — has been linked to suicides in adults and children, including children as young as seven. It reportedly can unleash a sort of psychological hell, with potential side effects ranging from depression to outright panic.
However, now it seems that medical authorities, who have known about its risks for years, are preparing to let it unleash a new wave of misery.
Vyvanse has just been approved for a condition that doesn’t require a prescription drug at all: Binge eating.
A couple of studies showed that adults who took Vyvanse had fewer binge eating episodes than those who took placebo. Of course, that could be due to a couple of other Vyvanse side effects — nausea and appetite loss.
But let’s face it — approving Vyvanse to treat binge eating is a little like approving amputation to treat a hangnail. The cure’s going to be a heck of a lot worse than the disease.
We all know that binge eating is often a symptom of much larger psychological or emotional problems — and giving these people a drug with potentially devastating psychological side effects is an awful lot like pouring petrol on a fire.
You don’t need to be a doctor to understand what a terrible idea it is to prescribe Vyvanse to binge eaters. You just need to be a rational, thinking human with an ounce of common sense.
If your doctor recommends Vyvanse for overeating, just say ‘No’. If you ask me, Vyvanse is more likely to shave years off your life than pounds off your waist.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
F.D.A. Approves a Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder, (nytimes.com)