ADHD drugs 'associated with sudden death in children'

By Rightnow289 · Jun 23, 2009 · ·
  1. Rightnow289
    Concerns over the potential risk of sudden death in children with ADHD treated with stimulant drugs have prompted an investigation by drug regulators.

    The US Food and Drug Administration is reviewing all studies in this area and has commissioned a study of its own to report later this year. The MHRA and EU drug regulators will then review its conclusions.
    The move follows a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry which looked at sudden unexplained deaths in 564 children and found 1.8% were taking stimulant drugs. This compares to just 0.4% of those in a control group of children who died in road traffic accidents.
    A FDA statement said: ‘The FDA is continuing its review of the strengths and weaknesses of this and other epidemiological studies that evaluate the risks of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD in children.’

    But it urged parents not to stop their child’s treatment on the basis of this study.
    Professor Eric Taylor, chair of the NICE guideline development group for ADHD and head of department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, said he had a paper due to be published on ADHD stimulant drug data from general practice. He said: ‘It’s clear that if there is a risk, then it is an exceedingly low risk – about one in a million. Probably there is no risk at all.
    ‘What GPs do need to know is that children taking stimulants can have raised blood pressure or palpitations and these need monitoring,’ he said.
    A spokesperson from the MHRA said it would consider the implications of the FDA review’s findings – along with other soon to be completed studies- and then decide if any regulatory action is required.

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  1. msmogadon
    SWIM's son takes Ritalin. He is now nearly 13 and weighs the same as he did when he was 8. There is no doubt that the drugs have helped him to stay in main stream school and integrate with other children, but any concerns that SWIM have raised are always brushed under the carpet which scares SWIM a lot. Just because SWIM was a very young parent she is often made to feel as though she does not know what she is talking about. It took 8 years to get a diagnosis by which time SWIM had nearly killed herself and her son (who now lives with foster parents) because SWIM could not get respite or support and SWIM's son's behaviour was blamed on SWIM's parenting techniques.
    The system is FUBAR
  2. MrG - Healthy people should be able to take the anti-hyperactivity drug Ritalin to boost brain power, a UK ethicist says.

    I, for one, am very concerned about the increased "normalisation" of drugging children. One article after another spouts the so-called benefits of feeding mood-controlling drugs to our troubled youth.

    Toxic Stress in childhood is the prime suspect for most "issues" that blight the psychology of our society. We appear to be promoting a generation of parents who are raising kids on a steady diet of inconsistent and unbalanced parenting, poor diet, lack of excercise, lack of quality sleep, exposure to violence and inappropriate sexual material (MTV) and then, to top it all off, we are filling them with chemicals to try and make them more focused, better workers!

    WTF do we think the long-term outcome of this is likely to be?

    Are *they* likely to be better parents as a result of their shitty, half-assed, upbringing?
  3. msmogadon
    For those children who do actually suffer from these illnesses the tablets can be a god send. Not just for mum but can manage to stop their child's morbid fascinations such as in SWIM's son's case who could not make friends because he annoyed them so much. To watch him lose control and not be able to do anything about it and listening him say he wished he was dead because he is not like normal boys.
    He ended up going to a specialised unit where he was assessed everyday for a long period before it was decided to give him the medication he desperately needed.

    He went from suicidal and angry to the most caring, loving, special boy - the person that he really is inside was allowed to be free.

    The general feeling about this by the public makes SWIM love to have these people walk in her or her son's shoes for even half a day.

    These pills can totally turn around these young lives for the ones who really need them.

    The article says that the deaths are mostly unexplained which could mean these children are dying from impulsive acts which are all part of the illnesses that the kids are on the medication for in the first place.
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