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ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon

FDA Examines Incidence of Psychotic Symptoms in Children Taking ADHD Medications

Warnings Included on Labels

A spokesman for Shire Pharmaceuticals, which markets extended-release Adderall XR, tells WebMD that there is little new information in the published FDA report and that the drug’s labeling now includes a warning about possible psychiatric side effects, including hallucination.

“Stimulant medications are proven, safe treatments for people with ADHD,” says Shire Director of Corporate Communications Matt Cabrey. “But with any medication there is a risk for adverse events, and these drugs are no exception.”

Eli Lilly and Co. spokesman David Shaffer also noted that the labeling for Strattera was altered to warn of possible psychiatric side effects after the FDA first made its concerns public.

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