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  1. New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs

    Aug. 22, 2006 -- Amphetamine-based drugs for ADHD, such as Adderall and Dexedrine, now come with a new, expanded 'black box' warning for an increased risk of sudden death in patients with heart problems. A black box warning is the most serious warning added to a drug's label information. Earlier thi

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  2. ADHD Drugs Tied to ER Visits

    May 25, 2006 -- Doctors from the CDC estimate that more than 3,000 people visited hospital emergency departments in 2004 due to side effects from drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The estimate -- made by the CDC's Adam Cohen, MD, MPH, and colleagues -- appears in a lett

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  3. Do ADHD Drugs Stunt Kids' Growth?

    May 1, 2006 - Kids who take stimulant drugs for their ADHD are shorter and lighter than their peers, a review of existing studies concludes. It's one of the most controversial aspects of treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Stimulant drugs can be a great benefit to these ki

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  4. FDA OKs ADHD Treatment Patch for Kids

    April 6, 2006 - The FDA has approved the first skin patch for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, despite ongoing debate about whether similar drugs should require stricter safety warnings. The agency announced Thursday that it had approved Daytrana for use by children aged 6 to 12. T

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  5. Tonsil Surgery Helps Kids With ADHD

    April 3, 2006 -- New research suggests a surprising potential treatment for at least some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- surgical removal of the tonsils. Children in the study who had their tonsils removed showed improvements in both behavior and sleeping, and half of thos

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  6. New Warnings Urged for ADHD Drugs

    March 23, 2006 -- Government advisors urged new warnings and information for parents of children using drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), though they avoided strong safety alerts backed by a separate panel last month. A committee of mostly pediatric experts urged the FDA

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  7. More Young Adults Taking ADHD Drugs

    March 21, 2006 -- The use of prescription drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose again in 2005, mainly among young adults. So says Medco Health Solutions, which manages prescription drug benefit programs. Medco checked prescription data for 2.5 million patients nationwid

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  8. Once-a-Day Concerta: Less Abuse Risk?

    March 9, 2006 - Surveys suggest that Ritalin abuse is a growing problem among teens in the U.S., but there is increasing evidence that the risk of abuse is much lower with newer, time-released versions of the stimulant most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Brain imagi

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  9. TV May Not Raise Kids' Risk of ADHD

    March 6, 2006 -- Time spent watching TV may not influence young kids' risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers report. Experts from Texas Tech University in Lubbock studied 5,000 children. Data came from a national survey of parents, teachers, kindergarteners,

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  10. 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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