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  1. Experts Urge Stern ADHD Drug Warnings

    Feb. 9, 2006 -- In a surprise move, an advisory panel urged the FDA to place strong warnings on all stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of a potential risk of heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death. The experts voted unanimously, with one abstentio

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  2. Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise for ADHD

    Dec. 6, 2005 -- A drug used to help people with excessive daytime sleepiness is showing promise as a treatment for children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The stimulant modafinil was found to be both effective and well tolerated in a newly reported nine-week trial involving

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  3. FDA Panel Backs Approval of ADHD Patch

    Dec. 2, 2005 - An expert panel on Friday recommended government approval of the first skin patch designed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6 to 12 years old. The committee gave its unanimous backing to the product, known as Daytrana, despite earlier concerns

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  4. Schools Can't Require ADHD Drugs

    Nov. 16, 2005 -- The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday barring schools from requiring hyperactive children to use drug treatments as a condition for attending classes. Backers say the bill was designed to curb anecdotal but troubling reports of officials telling parents that disrupti

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  5. FDA Updates Alert on ADHD Drug Cylert

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Cylert, a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has gotten one last round of attention from the FDA. Its maker had discontinued sale of the drug last May. The FDA recommends that doctors who prescribe Cylert or any generic versions of the drug (pemoline) switch p

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  6. Long-Lasting ADHD Patch May Be an Option

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Kids who need ADHD drugs may soon have a choice: the patch or the pill. A new patch system delivers methylphenidate -- the main ingredient in Ritalin, Concerta, and Methylin -- throughout the day. Made by Noven and Shire pharmaceutical companies, the patch is the first ADHD drug tha

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  7. Choosing the Right ADHD Medication for Your Child

    If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, you may be facing decisions about ADHD medications. Fortunately, you have many options, not only for types of medications, but also for doses and treatment strategies. First, it's important to know a few things about ADHD treatment in

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  8. FDA Issues Advisory on ADHD Drug Strattera

    Sept. 29, 2005 -- The FDA has issued a public health advisory about rare reports of suicidal thinking in children and adolescents taking Strattera, a drug approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. The FDA has ordered Strattera's maker, Eli Lilly and Co

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  9. Consumers Union: ADHD Drugs Overprescribed

    Sept. 27, 2005 -- Stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in millions of American children are effective but are probably being prescribed to many youths who do not have the disorder, concludes a report by Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Th

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  10. ADHD Drugs: Adult Use Doubled in 4 Years

    Sept. 16, 2005 -- The number of adults taking prescription drugs to treat ADHD more than doubled from 2000 to 2004, and women account for much of that growth, a new report shows. The report comes from Medco Health Solutions, which manages prescription drug benefit programs. Medco analysts reviewed p

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